Those of us of a certain age will remember the hit ‘70s TV show The New Avengers and perhaps the classic 1976 Jaguar coupe XJ12-C driven by John Steed (played by Patrick Macnee) in the series, which recently made £62,000 at a London auction after having sold for five times more than its £12,000 estimate. The Jaguar still has its original 5.3-litre V12 engine plus modified wide wheel arches and larger wheels and tyres.
It was sold off after filming ended in 1977 and passed through various owners, but it has spent the past 20 years unused. During its period in the wilderness it had been vandalised and eventually bought by a collector, restored and then put up for auction.
Business Development Manager of H&H Classics, Nick Delaney said, "It is fantastic to see this Jaguar XJ12-C from The New Avengers TV series back in public view again after being locked away for so long. The sale price of £62,000 is truly remarkable considering it fetched more than £50,000 over initial estimates. It just proves the appeal of not only the programme but also of the car itself. Buyers are seeing the investment potential with classic Jaguars and the added provenance of this car means that, once fully restored to working order again, it will be even more valuable."
Managing Director at Jaguar Heritage, Tim Hannig added, "There is no arguing about the desirability of this iconic Jaguar. The XJ12-C Broadspeed still looks fantastic today and although the condition of NWK 60P has deteriorated over the 20 years it's been locked up, it still shows how the demand for Jaguar Heritage models has increased in recent times along with their values. We hope to see the car back on the road in the near future and we will continue to support owners of cars such as this famous XJ12-C through our Jaguar Heritage business."