For five distinct generations across about four decades, the XJ full-size sedan (or saloon) set a standard in driving luxury that other automakers strived to match. Some of the earliest examples of XJs are still on the road, and this Regency Red example still looks classy even today.
“A lovely and original survivor,” the listing begins. “This car is pure sex appeal on wheels. The Series 1 XJ was the last car designed by Sir William Lyons and the attention to detail is extraordinary.”
The Series 1 of the first-generation XJ went into production in Coventry, England, in 1968 and lasted through 1973 with just over 82,000 units produced. Design was indeed carried out by Lyons, who became known as “Mr. Jaguar” later in life. His work in the automotive industry started as early as the 1920s, and in 1935 he co-founded Jaguar Cars. His involvement with Jaguar continued for many decades, and he even served in a consultative role after retirement well into the 1980s.
The chrome-trimmed body of this 1969 XJ received a quality repaint at some point in life. The exterior is said to be rust free, and even the interior is in good surviving condition aside from some cracking in the leather upholstery as shown in the photos. For being about 55 years old, some wear and tear is expected.
Power up front comes from a carbureted 4.2-liter inline-six mated to a BorgWarner three-speed automatic transmission. The seller says that the car runs as it should, and it has been maintained by the same Jaguar mechanic for over 25 years. “Holds her fluids well, though she’ll spot a bit on the garage floor.” Worth noting: The clock and the original radio are not working at this time.
Sir William Lyons would be proud of how clean and well-kept this XJ has remained. During his tenure at Jaguar, he sanctioned the creation of the Jaguar Drivers’ Club in 1956. The club remains in existence today and has served thousands of Jaguar owners and enthusiasts over the years.
The asking price is $19,950 for this executive sedan.