Grant Barrett - My Coupe Story

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Grant & Chris Barrett - Australia - Our Coupe - 1976 Jaguar 4.2C

Colour: Signal Red
Interior: Sand velour
Wheels: Painted Pressed steel
Roof: Black Vinyl
Chassis No: 2J2437BW

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We were originally looking for a good Mark 2, but couldn't find the right one at the right price. Turned our attention to the Second Best looking Jaguar ever made (after the early E-type) - the XJ Coupe.

A few selection criteria: 
No restoration "projects".
A clean straight car with no rust.
Australian delivery, well maintained with service history.
Original car with matching numbers.
Functioning air conditioning.
Classic XK DOHC 6 cylinder engine (did not want a V12).

Thanks to Phil's XJC website, we found a car matching our criteria.

Our car was delivered on 24 December 1976 (nice Christmas present!) by Brysons Adelaide to Globe Products P/L, registered as SSC-447. The service book shows that it was in Adelaide until late 1980, after which time the owner was a Mr Jack Gray, of Geelong. From 1981 until 1990 it was serviced in Geelong, and during this time it acquired the Victorian Registration XJ-660.

The next custodian added a mere 20,000km during his 22 years of ownership, and although the car was kept on full registration it spent the last 12 years more or less in dry storage, near Bendigo.

We acquired the car in April 2014, and although it met our selection criteria, it did require some TLC to recommission it for the road. This year the transmission has been rebuilt, and now performs much more smoothly.

Some consideration has been given to replacing the 2 Stromberg carburettors with a pair of SU's, but after driving to and from the recent XJC Muster in Echuca, it's fuel consumption was calculated to be 13L/100km - not bad, so the Strombergs may remain in place for a while longer.

We now have lovely classic Jaguar with original paint, vinyl roof, and interior trim. It is not a "concours" car, rather a very enjoyable "survivor".

1976 XJ4.2C.
Chassis Number 2J2437BW.
A "matching numbers" car.
Signal red with original paint and vinyl roof.
Interior original Sand colour cloth trim.
Owners: Grant & Chris Barrett
Club: Jaguar Car Club Victoria.