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Jaguar 420 barn find polishes up nicely for auction

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January 7, 2019
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The dust and the grime can’t mask the charm of this old classic, a 1967 Jaguar 420 Saloon, which had been left to stew in a barn for more than a decade.

The Jaguar 420 Saloon has been dusted down for sale by Historics at Brooklands and it will go under the hammer at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, March 2 – there’s no reserve price so it could be a bargain for someone who resolved to take on a restoration project in 2019.

Jaguar 420

Jaguar 420 – ‘compact sporting saloon’

The Jaguar 420 was introduced at the London Motor Show in October 1966 and produced for two years. Manufacturers described it as the ultimate expression of a series of “compact sporting saloons” offered by Jaguar.

Developed from the S-Type, the Jaguar 420 cost around £200 more than that model and effectively ended buyer interest in it.

The barn find Jaguar 420 will need some work before once again gliding through the lanes, having been mothballed in a barn – genuinely – for the past ten years.

Beneath the dust, the coachwork is finished in dark blue and has a contrasting red leather interior.

Jaguar 420

Jaguar 420 improved on S-Type predecessor

The 420 had many improved features over the S-Type, including, a more efficient cross-flow radiator, larger 2″ HD8 carburettors, a viscous coupled engine fan, negative earthed electrical system, a pre-engaged starter motor and an alternator rather than the less efficient dynamo.

This genuine right-hand drive Jaguar 420 is currently UK registered with a V5C registration document present.

The registration document shows the Jaguar 420 was originally registered overseas and first registered in the UK on September 18, 1998. It was manufactured in 1967 and has Historic Vehicle status.

The auctioneer hope the Jaguar 420 will find an “enthusiastic new owner who will once again enjoy the grace, space and pace” that these classics are capable of delivering.

Jaguar 420

Cheap insurance while restoration is in progress

It may be useful for the new owner to know that Adrian Flux can provide incredibly competitive insurance policies for classic cars, both those in show condition and those laid-up while restoration is in progress. The cheapest quotes are available by calling 0800 369 8590.

Viewing for the Historics at Brooklands Ascot Racecourse Auction takes place from 10an until 8pm on Thursday, February 28, and 10am until 5pm on Friday, March 1.

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