Visually, XJ Series II cars are differentiated from their predecessors by raised front bumpers to meet US crash safety regulations, which necessitated a smaller grille, complemented by a discreet additional inlet directly below the bumper. The interior received a substantial update, including simplified heating and a/c systems to address criticisms of the complex and not very effective Series I systems.In May 1977, it was announced that automatic transmission version of the 12-cylinder cars would be fitted with a General Motors three-speed THM 400 transmission in place of the British-built Borg-Warner units used hitherto. The 1978 UK model range included the Jaguar XJ 3.4, XJ 4.2, XJ 5.3, Daimler Sovereign 4.2, Double-Six 5.3, Daimler Vanden Plas 4.2 and Double-Six Vanden Plas 5.3.
This 1978 Daimler Double-Six Vanden Plas Series 2 was handed down through a family member and it has been stored in a garage for 8 years or so. It was then taken out of storage and sent to a local garage to sort out the brakes and to get it running. The engine and gearbox are fine, but Ideally they will need to be serviced. The bodywork and paint are very good, and the interior is very tidy. This is the very rare V12 Vanden Plas model and very sort after.
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