Most collectable of the XJ saloon is the Series One- the car with mechanical capabilities and refinement a decade ahead of its time, but in true 60’s style with period features and finishes which sets it apart from the later cars. This drives as a proper classic car being the rarer four speed manual with an overdrive fifth gear- it has a spirited, 60’s feel without heaviness and the best handling being a rare short wheel base (a discontinued option from 1973). This configuration also balances and enhances the lines of the Series One to the best advantage. Add to that one of the best, timeless colour combinations- Dark Blue with Grey Hide and this car arguably comes close to the ultimate specification. There is a large file of paperwork with this car from the original Stratstone purchase, later history and a completed trace of ownership from new- the mileage is 26,000. Carpets, leather, door panels, wood veneers and headlining are just superb. It has an original radio and period headrests. The bodywork is excellent and was repainted to a very high standard only due to minor age related imperfections, so this is a true show car. Despite low mileage, the engine was stripped and rebuilt on a precautionary time related basis six years ago and has covered a further 2,000 miles since. The engine compartment was detailed at that time. Classic and Sportscar magazine featured this car extensively in 2018 celebrating 50 years of the XJ which adds nicely to its provenance.