A BRITISH classic which has averaged just 2,000 miles a year over its 28-year life is among vehicles going under the hammer in February.

The 1992 Jaguar XJS is part of the Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles in February.

“This car was a top of the range boulevard cruiser when new,” said auctioneer Richard Bromell.

“Costing nearly £50,000, it was just less than I paid for my first house back then.”

Jaguar is one of Britains best loved motoring manufacturers and is a name synonymous with luxury.

In the 1950s Jaguar introduced the marketing line “grace, pace and space” which continues today.

The Jaguar XJ-S was introduced in 1975 as the replacement for the legendary E-Type.

Released with a 5.3 litre V12, it came in the wake of a fuel crisis when the appetite for a large engine tourer was small.

Somerset County Gazette: REVVING UP FOR AUCTION: The 1992 Jaguar XJS is valued at between £5,000 and £7,000

Over the years, the XJS was developed and made available as a coupe or convertible and became popular with the rich and famous, from Frank Sinatra to Lady Diana.

Mattel even produced one for Barbie, in pink of course.

But while many Jaguar XJS cars have been through numerous owners and travelled far and wide, the XJS being sold by Charterhouse has just two careful owners.

Over the past 28 years, this car has been used sparingly, covering an average of just 2,000 miles a year.

Fitted with the popular and more frugal 4.0 six cylinder engine mated to an automatic gearbox, servicing has been by Jaguar and more recently maintained and MOT’d at the Haynes International Museum workshop in Sparkford.

With the owner advancing in years, he finds he is no longer able to get in and out of the Jaguar easily, preferring his new Range Rover which today forms part of the Jaguar Land Rover group.

Finished in metallic silver with a grey leather interior, this be-loved Jaguar is estimated at £5,000-£7,000 in the Charterhouse online classic car and motorcycle auction on Wednesday, February 10.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their auctions in the New Year including silver, jewellery & watches on Thursday, February 4 and wine, port & whisky on February 5, followed by the classic and vintage cars & motorcycles on February 10.

To arrange a home visit contact Richard Bromell and the team at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, call 01935 812277 or email items for valuation to info@charterhouse-auction.com.

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