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JAGUAR XJ12 SERIES I

4-door 5-seater saloon.

Truly a quart into a pint pot, though planned from the very beginning - Jaguar's brand new allow V12 in same hull and 'chassis' of XJ6 saloon. Not quite a push fit, but close. Original engine rated 253bhp with four carbs and gave 150mph top speed in sensational silence, but horrifying (12mpg) fuel consumption, still acceptable in pre-energy crisis times. Longer wheelbase (by 4ins) model, the XJ12L, from autumn 1972, and badge-engineered Daimler Double-Six to confuse the customer. In every respect, a great car.

Technical Specifications

Engine:
5343cc (V12 OC) 
Configuration:
Front engine, rear-wheel drive 
Production dates:
1972 to 1973  
Number produced:
2482, and 753 long wheelbase