Survivor: 1987 Jaguar XJ12 Vanden Plas

How often do you find a Jaguar with a running V12 for less than $3K? Not just a running engine but the transmission and other bits are also reported to function. First, the lunar eclipse, now this…WATCH OUT FOR LOCUSTS! Find this 1987 Jaguar XJ12 Vanden Plas offered for $2958 or best offer located somewhere in Canada…maybe.

From the seller:

I am selling a nice Jaguar V12 VDP.

Colour is champagne (metallic), but MTO says beige.
(They don’t have champagne)

The good stuff:

  • Drives super-well, like a Jaguar should
  • Shifts well, fast, quiet, no vibrations
  • Starts well, every time
  • Brakes straight and hard
  • Sunroof works excellent
  • Momo steering wheel without scratches
  • Audio system aftermarket, great sound
  • Air conditioning blows cold and hot, as you like
  • All windows clear, no cracks
  • Paint and clear coat excellent (very tiny blemishes)
  • Interior looks mostly pretty new
  • Alternator works (always > 13 V)
  • Oil pressure > 4 bar
  • Doesn’t overheat (aux. air fan works as it should)
  • Solid car, I am the 2nd owner
  • Previous owner was an engineer, taking good care
  • No winter driving (I was told)
  • Accident free, straight body
  • No leaks
  • Clean title

The not so good stuff:

  • Headliner in the back needs some repairs
    (but not sagging, see photo)
  • Right-hand tank not working
    (I have a used spare)
    (I am driving on the left hand tank, it’s working for me)
  • Dent on rear left door (see photo)
  • Rip on driver’s seat (see photo )
  • Some cracks on the dash board

Test drive it and make me an offer.
You can bring your mechanic.
We can drive it on a hoist, no rust
Reason for sale: too many toys.

See a better way to drive something V12?