2G 1298 is one of just 17 R.H.D. V12 XJC’s produced in Pale Primrose, with the last built in Nov ’76.
Of the 17, two were exported to Australia, 2G1292 & 1298.
Of these 17, 2G 1298 was the only one fitted with the Dark Blue interior, the remaining 16 all being done in Black (source J.D.H.T.)
Scotts Detergents (A’asia) purchased 2G 1298 on the 25th of Feb ’77, from Bryson’s (NSW), NSW registration No. PL 317. The car was sold on in 1980.
I then purchased it, on the 22nd of Aug 1987, from David Hill of Penshurst Power Steering in Peakhurst, NSW, a steering rack specialist, sports car racer, clubman importer / assembler, who was I believe, its 2nd owner.
A respray & replacement of trim was undertaken in ‘88/’89 before relocating to Victoria where after extensive family use, a 2nd refurbishment got underway circa 2010 with modifications drawing inspiration from those done in “the day” by Coombs to Mark II 3.4 & 3.8’s which in Coomb’s original brochures, detailed modifications including - Inlet & exhaust modifications. Revised suspension & upgraded brakes. Louvered bonnet. Increased capacity & multiple TB EFI are stirred via a 5 speed gearbox under a MOTEC ecu. Other changes were to lights & bumpers, inspired by the “Fiboy” XJC, along with later XJS buckets seats re-trimmed in XJC pattern and 8 by 16” Jaguar lattice wheels from a TWR XJS, set under re radiused & flared wheel arches.
The Broadspeed rear dam, Leyland ST part number STN 0092 with a drag reduction of some 4%, is an original part, made up from two damaged, original Broadspeed sets, and is a salute to the XJC’s racing heritage.
The rebuild was finally completed on the 15th of October 2015.. just in time to set off next morning, for the 40th Anniversary XJC Muster in Echuca and since then, trips interstate to the Jaguar Nationals along with many other road adventures...