Reasonable Ride: 1976 Jaguar XJ-12 Coupe Project Car

November 10, 2021 Update: The high bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $6,000, so we’ve moved this 1976 Jaguar XJ-12 Coupe to our “Rides Still Available” Page. Once registered and logged in, select the green “Buy Now” option to either agree to pay the “Buy Now” price or make a realistic counteroffer.

GuysWithRides.com is excited to present this 1976 Jaguar XJ12-C two-door coupe we are offering online in a reserve price style auction on behalf of the private seller.  Bidding starts Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at Noon Eastern time and runs through Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 9:00 PM Eastern time.

This 1977 Jaguar XJ12L currently resides in McMinnville, Oregon, a suburb of Portland.

(Note: To inspect all of the pictures provided, click on either the white space or the photograph below to enlarge it and then click on the gray “<” and “>” icons to navigate through all of the other stills in this carousel.

British Automobile manufacturer Jaguar produced its original XJ in three distinct series spanning model years 1968 through 1992.  The XJ line received a facelift in Autumn 1973 for the 1974 model year, thereafter known as the “Series II”; retrospectively the earlier cars were referred to as the “Series I”. The 4.2 L XJ6 straight-6 engine (most popular in the United Kingdom) and the 5.3 L V12 XJ12.  The Series II was the last Jaguar model designed with direct input by Sir William Lyons prior to his retirement.

Between 1975 and 1978, Jaguar produced 9,378 two-door XJ coupés with a pillarless hardtop body called the XJ-C.  Jaguar designed the coupé based on the short-wheelbase version of the XJ. The coupé’s elongated doors were made out of a lengthened standard XJ front door (the weld seams are clearly visible under the interior panels where two front door shells were grafted together with a single outer skin)Both six and twelve-cylinder models were offered, 6,505 of the former and 1,873 of the latter were made.

All coupés came with a vinyl roof as standard. Since the coupé lacked B-pillars, the roof flexed enough that the paint used by Jaguar at the time would develop cracks.  More modern paints do not suffer such problems, so when coupés are repainted it is advisable to remove the vinyl.  Today many XJ-Cs thus no longer have their vinyl roof, which also minimizes the threat of roof rust.

Mark, the current caretaker of this 1976 Jaguar XJ-12 C as a solid but stalled Chevrolet small block V8 conversion, purchased this car as a California barn find several years ago. This was a stalled project from the nineties as the owner died and his best friend acquired the car to finish as a tribute but unfortunately was never able to finish it.

A non-running, but complete, Jaguar XJ12-C, you can follow one of two paths with it.  The first would be to continue the conversion to either a small block Chevy or perhaps an LS swap.  As another idea, you can also buy this running 1977 Jaguar XJ-12 L sedan as a donor car to provide a non-numbers matching but period correct power train.

Please note: If you are serious about buying both of Mark’s Jaguar XJ-12’s to bring the much more desirable coupe back to life, then click Buy Both Jags and save money versus if you bought each one separately!

The following two pictures document the rust in the driver’s side floorboard:

 

These pictures document the rust in the passenger side floorboard:

 

Mark has taken pictures of all of the removed parts and trim pieces that are boxed and come with this 1976 Jaguar XJ-12 Coupe.  While all of the removed passenger glass and trim are included as part of the sale, Mark notes you will need to source a windshield for this rare Jaguar hardtop.

NOTE: Right below this line is a slide show illustrating all of the parts that are included with the sale of this non-running project car. Click on the first picture to expand it and then click the “<” or “<” buttons to navigate through all fifty pictures.

The following three pictures document the surface rust in the trunk floor:

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 1976 Jaguar XJ-12 C, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

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