From 1973, coachbuilders Vanden-Plas were appointed to finish-off the most up-market XJ model (Daimler only) with their higher quality trim, and the cars have always been a rarity- especially the ‘HE’ (higher efficiency) model which was only available for about a year. For the 1983 model ‘Series 3’ the quality standard of XJ improved dramatically including the Daimler, so the arrangement with Vanden-Plas officially ceased that year. However a handful of 1983 quality cars were still finished by Vanden-Plas and this is a very rare, if not unique survivor. It came to us originally in around 2003 as a local one owner car maintained at Lex Mead in Weybridge, and we alone have supplied it to subsequent owners . It has a strong service record with much expenditure in recent years through proper garages with a file of supporting bills. The service book is also stamped through to the covers. Mileage is 69,000 from new. The paintwork is sharp, and the interior is lovely with bespoke features such as gold banding on the door-fillets, piping to the upholstery including arm rests and head rests. There is an original ‘Vanden Plas’ first aid kit accompanying the large and small tool kits. The wood veneers have been re-finished throughout. It has the chrome body mouldings and ‘Kent; alloy wheels. The under-side was rust-treated and protected with the last owner in recent years and it is all nicely genuine under there. The paintwork is finished in Claret, the Leather Chamois (unique to Vanden-Plas) with Claret edge-piping. The distinctive registration number was issued to the car from new. A very driveable collectors’ item and stunning looking throughout.