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1994 Jaguar XJ40 XJ12 (XJ81)

Model History

Unlike the Series 3 XK straight six powered XJ6’s that were replaced by the AJ6 straight six powered XJ40’s in 1986/7, the Series 3 5.3 V12 continued until 1992, finally being replaced by the XJ40 6.0 V12, code named XJ81 (SWB) and XJ82 (LWB).

The original XJ40 design went back to the days of British Leyland, so the engine bay had been designed to eliminate any possibility of fitting a non-Jaguar V8 which, of course, also hampered the fitting of the Jaguar V12 power unit.

The launch of the 1993MY XJ40 was the result of a complete overhaul of the XJ40, including body design, finally allowing the fitment of a V12. These later cars are most easily recognised by having the battery in the boot and include both the 6 and 12 cylinder variants.

XJ40 had finally come of age, 1993MY heralding the launch of XJ Sport, V12, Majestic and Insignia versions of XJ40, all of which continued through 1994MY to the end of XJ40 production.


At a Glance

Jaguar XJ40 XJ12


Current Registration: N571 XBR

Transmission: Automatic

Colour: Flamenco Red

Trim: Doeskin Hide Trim, with contrasting Cherry piping and carpets

First Registered: 1995 with an ‘N’ registration, very rare for an XJ40

Current mileage: 54,500

MoT expires: March 2022


History and Provenance of N571 XBR

Swallows Jaguar are proud to offer a very rare Jaguar XJ40 XJ12 with fantastic history and provenance. Once owned by Prince Jalawi Al Saud of a Saudi Royal Family. Serviced whilst in his Highness's possession at legendry London Jaguar dealers R A Creamer & Son with invoice supplied by Michael Quinn, grandson Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons. This exciting Jaguar will be supplied with a comprehensive history file and stamped service book, with the last five services by ourselves, here at Swallows. The current owner, a Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club member, has maintained the car to a high standard and continued to document the history of the car.

The VIN confirms that this is a late XJ40 XJ12 and it also has the rare distinction of being registered in 1995 on an ‘N’ registration. Evidence suggests that it is one of less than 60 remaining UK registered V12 6.0 models.  

Beautifully presented in excellent condition, with all XJ12 refinements in full working order, this very original example, currently used only for high days, holidays and car shows, represents an opportunity to own a rare, collectable car and a potentially appreciating 'modern classic'.

£12,995 or sensible offer