36,405 Original Miles


Automatic Transmission
5.3L V12
285 hp @ 5750 rpm*
294 lb/ft torque @ 3500 rpm*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 7.4 seconds
Top Speed: 147 MPH
*Base Price in 1977: $17,750


*Seller Asking:


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Fast Facts:

  • The gorgeous Series II Jaguar XJ was built between 1973-1979. The top of the line XJ-12 featured Jaguar’s 5.3 V12 from the iconic E-Type. By this time, all XJ’s are available as long wheelbase (L) only
  • Most carmakers didn’t use aluminum castings for their luxury cars as it was thought that aluminum blocks transmitted more noise than cast iron blocks. Jaguar, determined to establish the truth, created a cast iron version and aluminum version of the same block. Their testing found that there was no difference in noise levels between the two, and the aluminum casting was 100lbs lighter than the cast iron unit. The decision was made to machine the block, heads, and pistons from aluminum, resulting in a complete V12 engine weighing only 680 lbs
  • In 1977, Jaguar decided the V12 models should feature their own unique transmission (instead of sharing the aging Borg Warner trans with the 6 cyl models). Rather than develop their own, they obtained a license from GM to use the strongest automatic transmission on the planet: the bullet proof Turbo-Hydramatic 400 (TH400)
  • Combined with a lightweight V12 and a limited slip with 3.31 axle ratio, this was one of the fastest 4 door sedans on sale with a top speed of over 140 MPH
Key Model Year Changes:

  • First year of the three-speed TH400 transmission in place of the British-built Borg-Warner Model 12

Seller Notes:

  • Original British Racing Green paint
  • Clean title with 36,000 Original Miles
  • All original Saddle interior and drive train
  • Always garaged
  • Drives great
  • Maintenance records since day one


  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona – (more photos below)
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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output
*Performance numbers pulled from reputable automotive road tests
*Base price when new does not reflect original MSRP of this particular car, nor does it reflect what the original owner paid for it
*Advertised price at time of posting. Sellers can raise or lower prices on their original ad at any time. Click on the original ad to view current price/availability

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