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    1996 Jaguar Vanden Plas

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    Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder June 5th – 7th, 2015 at Russo and Steele’s 3rd Annual Newport Beach California Auction. Please contact us for more information.

    Rooted in a distinguished lineage dating to 1968, Jaguar’s full-size XJ-series luxury model was the last saloon car to emanate from Coventry with the input of company founder Sir William Lyons. Through the production run of three distinct series of the XJ, which included six-cylinder, XJ12, and stylish coupe variants, Jaguar had weathered years of labor unrest and several painful economic recessions while maintaining the resolve to continue and prosper. Acquisition by Ford Motor Company in 1990 provided the financial strength for development of new and improved models without compromising Jaguar’s unique identity.

    The X40-generation models, introduced at the British International Motor Show in 1986 and built through 1994, marked a crucial transitional phase for Jaguar’s luxury cars and the company as a whole. Heralding improved quality-control standards and a simpler production process, the X40 line also brought a lighter and stiffer new chassis and updated styling along a more squared-off overall theme. The six-cylinder XJ40 also received an important update in the form of the new AJ6 engine, which replaced the venerable XK6, which had soldiered on with updates for decades. In 1993, the V-12 XJ12 and its Daimler Double Six counterpart were reintroduced on the XJ40.

    The X300 line, introduced in 1994 at the Paris Motor Show, provided a welcome return to the classical Jaguar XJ bodylines with a sleek, modern twist on the curvaceous XJs of the past. Notably, it was the first XJ produced under Ford ownership and the culmination of a massive investment in facilities renewals by Ford totalling some 200 million British Pounds. The XJ’s Headlamps were once again rounded and flowed neatly into the sculpted hood. Underneath the handsome new skin, the X300 XJs were markedly similar to the prior XJ40. The former AJ6 engine was significantly refined with the addition of a distributorless electronic ignition system and redesignated AJ16. A supercharged variant, the XJR, first appeared during the X300 production run and broke new ground as Jaguar’s very first supercharged road car. An unqualified success in all respects, the X300 Jaguars set the stage for the eventual return of Jaguar to independence and the remarkable stature and success the company enjoys today.

    Featuring exceptional colors, this X300-series 1996 Jaguar XJ6 is an outstanding and virtually flawless two-owner example. Even the rear seats appear to have been unused. As such, it marks an outstanding find for astute Jaguar enthusiasts at auction. Best of all, it is offered at No Reserve!




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