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David Jason’s XJ-S to take centre stage at ACA sale

Published 18 December 2013

A 1991 Jaguar XJ-S that was formerly owned by Sir David Jason is expected to raise more than £6500 when it goes under the hammer at Anglia Car Auctions (ACA) on 25 January.

The luxury GT was bought new by Sir David Jason in 1991 and used throughout the height of his Only Fools and Horses fame. The car was registered to David Jason Entertainment, before being recorded in the star’s real name of David White.

The 4.0-litre XJ-S is finished in burgundy and has a cream leather interior. The classic Jaguar has covered 61,600 miles and has only had one additional keeper since Peckham’s favourite son. ACA will offer the car with 12 months MoT and full history. The Jaguar carries an estimate of £5500 to £6500, which is standard fare for a well-kept XJ-S, but its celebrity status could push this figure somewhat higher.

Based on a shortened XJ6 chassis, the XJ-S offers plenty of grace and pace, with a top speed of 139mph and a 0-60 time of 8.3 seconds. However, there’s a huge gulf in prices at the moment, with shabby runners selling for just £1500, while well-kept V12s can command as much as £15,000. The main factor in value is condition, with parts and repairs proving costly.

However, find the right car, and the XJ-S can offer a rewarding drive with superb performance. Contrary to common census, the big V12s can be reliable and trouble-free if treated and maintained with care.

Sir David Jason’s Jaguar will be sold at the next Anglia Car Auctions Classic Sale, held at the King’s Lynn auction house, on 25 January. Entries are still being accepted for the sale, with entry fees being £75 plus VAT with a buyers/sellers fee of five per cent. 

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