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STUNNING 1990 RARE PRE FACELIFT GENUINE TWR/JAGUARSPORT XJR-S V12 6.0L COUPE

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Manufacturer: Jaguar
Model: Jaguarsport XJR-S 6.0L
Year: 1990
Type: Coupe
Color: Signal Red
Seats: 4
Engine: 6,000
Transmission: Automatic
Fuel: Petrol
Drive side: Right-hand drive
Previous Owners: 3
Safety Features: Rear seat belts
Exterior: Alloy Wheels, Rear Spoiler
Interior/Comfort Options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Leather Seats, Power-assisted Steering (PAS), Power Locks
In-Car Audio: AM/FM Stereo, Cassette Player
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STUNNING 1990 RARE PRE FACELIFT GENUINE TWR/JAGUARSPORT XJR-S V12 6.0L COUPE for sale

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  • STUNNING 1990 RARE PRE FACELIFT GENUINE TWR/JAGUARSPORT XJR-S V12 6.0L  COUPE
  • STUNNING 1990 RARE PRE FACELIFT GENUINE TWR/JAGUARSPORT XJR-S V12 6.0L  COUPE

PRESENTING

 

A rare opportunity to acquire an un-restored Pre final Facelift (by far the most desirable) genuine TWR/ Jaguarsport XJR-S Coupe 6. 0 Litre V12 Automatic.

1989 built. 1990 registered.

A matching numbers car with just 3 Previous owners and the last owner. a Jaguar enthusiast who has cherished the car with a passion. since 2002

 Presented in outstanding condition with all of its original panels.

 Well maintained and 'sorted' with an extensive service history.

A stunning looking 'driver's car' in the best colour.

 An opportunity not to be missed and a shrewd investment we think.

 All in all - a very proper Jaguarsport XJR-S 6. 0 Litre indeed!

 

 

Launched in 1975 the Jaguar XJ-S had quite a mountain to climb. for it was seen by some as the successor to the glamorous and hugely popular E-Type. However. in reality. the car was never envisaged as a direct replacement for the E-Type - being more of a Grand Tourer than an out and out sports car.

Largely designed by Jaguar's legendary Malcolm Sayer the XJ-S had a top speed of 150mph and 0-60 time of under 8 seconds it slipped through the air far more efficiently than the E-Type and its excellent ride. comfort and handling were justly praised by the mid Seventies motoring press.

In 1981 the XJ-S received the new HE (High Efficiency) V12 engine providing improved fuel economy and taking the top speed to 155mph. making it the fastest automatic car in the world.

Popularity for the XJ-S grew through the 1980's. In March 1988 at the Geneva motor Show Jaguar presented the new improved and better equipped facelift version which included a new steering wheel. redesigned seats. new burl walnut trim.

To many this was the most eye-catching XJ-S ever. However although everyone agreed that. as a high speed tourer. the new XJ-S had few rivals many others agreed that it lacked something dramatic in its styling. Furthermore there was the way that the XJ-S drove - to soft said the critics not the 'proper' sports car Jaguars used to be!

These shortcomings had been picked up by sports car conversion specialists years earlier.

At the end of 1984 Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) announced their intention to build a range of special XJ-S coupes benefiting from experience gained in European Touring Car Racing.  

TWR Sport was created and the modified XJ-S was renamed by them as the XJR-S. Upgrades included body kits. interior kits and modification to suspension. increased output from the 3. 6 and the 5. 3 engines.

These cars remained though a private offering without the backing of Jaguar.

However the success of TWR Sport led in 1988 to the formalising of a Joint Venture (50/50 TWR/Jaguar) the new company was to be known as 'Jaguarsport'. Initially  the sole purpose of which was to produce up rated and highly tuned XJ-S variants.

TWR now well and truly had the backing a Jaguar and a new facility to build the cars was secured at Bloxham near Banbury.

In the months before this new facility was fully equipped. ready and operational the XJR-S was partly built by Jaguar and then shipped to the TWR facility on Station Fields Industrial estate Kidlington Oxford (which incidentally was in 1990 the only address published for Jaguarsport in their literature) to be finished bythe unit of crack TWR engineers responsible for Jaguar's track success at Le Mans.

Initially the XJR-S still used the existing 5. 3 engine which the majority of pre facelift cars were built with. that though was all about to change!

The official collaboration between Jaguar and TWR saw the most impressive feat achieved in the development and introduction of the 6. 0 litre V12 - an absolute beast of an engine. With the adoption of a sequential digital ignition system. made by Zytek and developed from the system used on Jaguar XJR Sports cars (Group C) thus boasting a 17% increase in torque and 11% increase in power over the 5. 3 litre versions that had been used in the XJR-S up until the very late eighties.

The tuning of the 6. 0L stemmed from re-engineered crankshafts. pistons. cylinder liners. connecting rods and an upgraded factory exhaust system. Placing the few built of this exciting new engined but pre facelift XJR-S right up there with the very best of the emerging 90's supercars.

In 1991 the XJ-S range including the XJR-S received its final facelift. To many enthusiasts though the modernisation of the car was detrimental to its classic looks and styling - especially the rear windows and rear light clusters. New engines were introduced. a 4. 0L and a mainstream 6. 0L - although not the same engine performance as that fitted in XJR-S.

Production of the face lifted XJR-S was moved to Jaguarsport at Bloxham.

Today with only just a few hundred 6. 0 litre XJR-S's (the majority the facelift version) ever produced they are highly desirable and sought after. None more so than the hand full of early pre-facelift cars that were part assembled at Kidlington. the home of the TWR racing team rather than Bloxham. Pre Face Lift 6. 0 litre examples featured full aerodynamic body styling kit. Satin black grill and headlamp surrounds. Colour keyed door mirrors. XJR-S 6. 0 litre badging. Jaguarsport 15" Speedline wheels. Pirelli P600 255/60VR rated tyres. Jaguar Bilstein dampers. revised power assisted steering and suspension bushes. Inside there was Magnolia Autolux leather trim. sports seats with contrasting piping and stitching. Colour keyed bespoke Momo steering wheel and gear knob in Magnolia and a lovely touch on early cars headrests embossed XJR-S.

XJR-S's were only available from Jaguarsport franchised dealers. of which there were just twenty or so.

These pre-facelift examples are becoming increasingly hard to find now as those few that do remain (beware there are quite a few imitations!) have already been snapped up by enthusiasts. collectors and investors who recognize their rarity. immensely enjoy the way that they drive/look and fully recognise their future investment potential - prices are surely set to sore. Consequently those that already have a pre facelift XJR-S 6. 0L will be very reluctant to ever part with it. so if you get an opportunity to acquire a really good one our advice would be - grab it while you still can!  

G976 GOH

In 1989/90 Evans Halshaw (PJ Evans group). Bristol street Birmingham were one of the twenty odd countrywide Jaguarsport dealers. In fact they were the only one in Birmingham and one of only two in the Midlands. the other being TWR Jaguar itself based in Leamington Spa.

G976 GOH was built. according the copy of the Heritage trust record present in the history file. on 3th July 1989 and despatched on the 16th August. It was one of the first to be factory fitted with the new 6. 0 litre engine and it still has that original engine. The V. I. N prefix confirms it as a genuine XJR-S 6. 0L

First registered on the 4th January 1990. It was registered in the name of the Dealer. Evans Halshaw and was the personal transport for one of the groups most senior managers before being sold to the second owner when just a few months old.

The second owner was a company in Milton Keynes and G976 GOH was used by their Managing Director until 1999 when it was acquired by the third owner. a lady. in August 1999. Both these owners kept the car serviced and the service book is stamped to confirm this and mileage.

The third owner kept the XJR-S for just over two years. It was acquired by its last owner - a fastidious Jaguar enthusiast - in December 2002 after many months of him searching for 'the right car'.

The last owner set about getting the G975 GOH. which was already excellent. into tip top condition - regardless of cost.

The nineteen Jaguar dealer/specialist stamps in the service book. present in the history file. shows that services were carried out mainly in accordance with the manufactures recommendation and tracks the mileage right from the first service/entry on 27 January 1990 through to the last in the 15th September this year.

Within a month of acquiring G976 GOH the last owner took the XJR-S to a Jaguar Specialist in Bedfordshire. They. according to invoices in the history file. removed the whole rear suspension assembly before stripping  it down overhauling the brakes and other items as required including the diff pinion oil seal. The assembly was then refitted again using replacement parts where necessary - £1348 in total.

Early the following year paperwork in the file shows that the owner. apparently dissatisfied with the work carried out by the specialists in Bedford. sought out and made contact with Hyper Engineering - one of the country's leading specialists in the modification of engines. suspension and body kits for the XJ-S. Hyper. in the best traditions of those before them when it comes to modifying Jaguars cut their teeth on the race track and were also - not by chance - located on the renowned Stationfield Industrial Estate Kidlington just a stone's throw from what had been the TWR unit.

A facsimile in the history file from the last owner to Hyper details his future intentions for G976 GOH starting with a full service and report. Then to improve the ride and control whilst ensuring that the set up stays as true to the original aims for the car. Finally to maintain the vehicle as long as it was in his care.

Fourteen years and just 10. 00 miles on and this is exactly what Hyper have done. They have serviced. maintained and carried out subtle upgrades to it on a regular basis. Invoices and work sheets in the file show that the front sub frame was replaced with a Hyper reconditioned one whilst at the same time rebuilding the front suspension and upgrading from Bilstein to Hyper's own set up. "Throw an XJR-S into a corner at 110mph [on a race track of course] with our set up and it's as though it's on rails by comparison to the factory set up" they tell us.

You may think then that with all this work. upgrades and expense (maintenance. upgrade. service and parts invoices since the last owner had the car amount to almost £10k) that the owner was some sort of 'speed mad fiend'. However you would be wrong. Actually he is a retired professional who just used his beloved Jaguar on rare occasions in the summer months. garaged it when not in use and only covered circa 10. 00 in 14 years of ownership. He was though meticulous with his pride and joy and had to have everything just right.     

When the last owners personal circumstances changed it was with a heavy heart indeed that he parted with such an outstanding car.

BODYWORK

G976 GOH is finished in the most attractive Jaguar colour. in fact the only real colour to have a super car in - Signal Red.  

There is contrasting Magnolia trim and red piped seats.

All of the panels would seem those fitted on the production line in 1989.

Circa 7 years ago the last owner had the XJR-S repainted to an extremely high standard as the red paint had faded and had some micro-blistering in places.

Apart from a small areas at the base of the wings there was no rust to speak of. The bottom couple of inches with the rust was cut out completely and replaced with new steel and the cause of the problem dealt with so that there has not/will not been a reoccurrence - which if it had not been addressed correctly there certainly would have been after 7 years!

There are no obvious tell tales signs of any bodywork ever being carried out and today the paint finish is superb. is virtually unmarked and requires nothing attending to.

As far as we can see there is no obvious welding done/needed.

G976 GOH is remarkably rust free.

The odd miniscule stone chip and blemish has been touched in with a touch up-brush over the years.

Correct. desirable and original 15" Speedline alloy wheels in excellent condition and have the correct P600 tyres. which appear almost new.

Door. boot and bonnet shuts are excellent.

At the time of the repaint the owner had privacy tint film professionally applied to the side and rear (darker) windows. All of the glass would appear original and is correctly stamped Triplex. We have left the tinted film on as it is excellent quality and we quite liked the look. However privacy glass was not a Factory option in 1990 and you could remove the film without trace quite easily if you so wish.  

The chrome (de-chromed) work is original and excellent.

INTERIOR

The interior of an XJR-S is a lovely place to be!

The Magnolia leather seats are excellent with just the slightest signs of use. There are no splits. tears. or major creasing or cracking to the leather or red piping just the slightest of deterioration to the seam stitching on the driver's seat.

An invoice in the file for £360 shows that attention was given to the driver's seat bolster last year - again evidence of just how well this car has been maintained without regard for cost.

Those rare Headrests embossed XJR-S.

The carpets are virtually unmarked - most XJR-S had charcoal carpets. The original under-foam and the floors below are both excellent.

The door cards are excellent.

The finish to the veneer on the dash and door card inlays is excellent.

The centre consul "ski slope" has a some minor cracking in one or two places.

Drooping headlining is a common problem with all Jaguars of this era. We were pleased that when we acquired G876 GOH this was not the case - the headlining is perfect!

Standard Jaguar radio cassette.

The colour coded Momo steering wheel is excellent and not showing sign of excessive wear. the Sport logo is also embossed on it.

UNDER THE BONNET

The engine bay is exceptionally clean with original Jaguarsport badges and stickers still in place.

Everything seems as it should be.

IN THE BOOT

All of the boot trim is excellent.

Spare is the correct temporary alloy wheel (hardly used) supplied as standard as the Speedline was too big for the wheel well.

Tool kit which is complete and looks to be unused. with Jaguar branded spanners. screw driver etc.

Wheel changing kit in correct carpet bag.

Boot floor that has never been/does not need repair.

ON THE ROAD

The car starts on the button with automatic choke.

No undue rattles or bangs or smoke you can tell instantly that this is a car that has been properly maintained.

This XJR-S drives beautifully the difference between the standard car and a 5. 3 XJR-S early car immediately apparent.

Hyper who. amongst the other things that we have already mentioned. also build racing XJ-S's so know a thing or two about them. They just serviced  the car including replacing the Zytek ECU.

Hyper reported that the Air-conditioning was not working as cold as it should be - fix it we said. A new compressor. condenser and dryer plus a change to (legal) type gas valve and a refill and all is now as it should be.

As we say The XJ-S was always intended to be more of a Grand Tourer than a sports car like the E-type. Get behind the wheel of a standard car and you will know instantly which you would prefer for distance driving at speed but none the less think that something is perhaps lacking compared to an E-Type. Get behind the wheel of this Hyper twicked XJR-S 6. 0 litre and you will feel nothing is lacking whatsoever - you will simply feel that you have achieved the very best of both cars - and at a fraction of the cost of an E-Type!

HISTORY FILE

 

1.    V5C current registration document.

2.    The correct Jaguarsport Magnolia leather document holder which came with the car and is with the embossed Sport logo. Inside are - XJ-S standard Handbook. European emergency booklet. sound system guide. service book with 19 stamps. the original jaguar drivers plastic card. In addition there are the extra documents that relate to the XJR-S 6. 0L Hand book supplement. booklet detailing the 20 odd Jaguarsport franchised dealers. Jaguarsport warranty supplement. XJR-S 6. 0L forecourt data cards the original free service voucher that lists the car as an XJR-S 6. 0L. It is interesting to note that where addresses are given on these rare documents that it is the Station Fields Address in Killington - pre Bloxham days.  

3.    MOT September 2017.

4.    Original Jaguar cassette

5.    Approaching £10. 00 worth of bills and receipts since 2003

6.    Jaguar Heritage certificate

7.    Some old tax discs and the original Evans Halshaw holder

8.    copy of XJR-S pre-facelift brochure

9.    some old MOT's

10.       The original spare keys.

SUMMARY

G976 GOH is a low mileage. for the year. rare genuine pre final facelift Jaguar XJR-S and one of the very first with the highly desirable 6. 0 litre engine. It has been correctly maintained and is with a comprehensive history.

Although it has been repainted it was to a very high standard and today it is presented in outstanding original un-restored condition - it is a beautiful thing!

When Hyper phoned us and said that one of their longstanding customers wanted to sell his genuine XJR-S 6. 0L due to change in his personal circumstances would we be interested in buying it - we said carry on!

When they went on to tell us that it was a car that they had looked after for nearly a quarter of a century and that it was "a proper car" - they had our full attention because if anyone knows a proper car when it comes to XJS's its Hyper.

What's the mileage we said - Come and have a look they said - so we did.

When we got there we played the game that we always have to play with Hyper they cover the speedo with a piece of card and we have to 'guess the mileage'. Normally we are there-or-there-abouts - much to their frustration.

We looked at all the usual indicators of mileage wear to the seats. carpet heel mats. door handles. steering wheel. rubbers etc. ect - 30. 00 we said. because that is what it looked like to us and we have a great deal of experience in low mileage cars from the eighties.

On this occasion though we were wrong- by 70. 00 miles - G976 GOH has actually covered just over 100. 00 miles which although for the year is low it is higher than we would normally like. However we would have never have believed it but it just goes to show just how well this car has been looked after.

As Hyper said though you are better off with a properly specialist maintained XJS with 100k than you are with one at say half that mileage that has not been properly cared for.

On this occasion we totally agree with Hyper. G976 GOH is such a straight. proper and honest car with no hidden surprises. It ticks all the right boxes and as such it will be of interest to enthusiasts. collectors and investors alike.

Or indeed it is a very useable classic super car that looks fantastic. turns heads - drives like an absolute beast if you want it to - or will just purr along nicely if you don't!

VALUE

XJ-S prices have risen of late and many predict that XJR-S's prices. being so rare and highly sought after. are set to go through the roof - just as prices of the E Type has.

G975 GOH represents a great investment opportunity. Imagine being able to buy an E-type in this sort of condition when it was 27 years old compared to what such a car would be worth today.

We have looked around for price comparisons. Not surprisingly though. with so few left. there are not many preface lift 6. 0L cars to make the comparison with.

We have found only a couple of other 1990 6. 0L pre-facelift XJR-S's on sale at  present. There are a few more 5. 3 or facelift examples but they are most defiantly not as desirable.

One of the other cars we have found for sale has a higher mileage. the other is finished in a none standard paint colour and has had a Speedo change. Both are on sale with dealers - each at slightly under £18. 00.

You may expect then that the reserve for G975 GOH. which we would wager is at the very least equal in quality to one of the above and perhaps better than the other. would be set at a similar price. £18. 00 . it's not though! In fact it is far. far less.

£15. 00 perhaps? Actually No!

In actual fact the reserve for this amazing Jaguarsport XJR-S V12 6. 0 litre Coupe is set closer to £10. 00 than it is to £15. 00 which if that is all it reaches will give you an awful lot of car for really not a lot of money! 

VIEWING

Available for viewing from Tuesday 18th October 2016. We will. of course. be happy for serious buyers to view the car by appointmentwith reasonable notice prior to auction end.   However. we are a business and although will always try to accommodate viewing days and times even outside of normal business hours it may not always be possible.

We do usually give a guide of the expected final price. If you are unsure of being able to acquire the relevant funds equal to that expected final price you should question. for both our sakes. whether you should come to view.

Please be sure that this is the vehicle that you want before you bid. If you have any doubt come and see it first or at the very least telephone. However. if you require someone else to sanction the purchase. i. e. your wife's permission. please get it before you come to view.

If you do want to view or ask for any more information please call David. on 07771 567567 (this number is our business only number and not with us 24/7) or e-mail via ebay. We really are very approachable and welcome any questions about the vehicle but ask that you telephone at reasonable hours only.

ORIGINAL V RESTORED - OUR VIEW

We endeavour. on the whole. to offer original. genuine. exceptionally low mileage and un-restored cars from the 1970's and 1980's.

Almost all cars from this era have had a little paint rectification carried out at some time during their 20-40 years. However there is. of course. a huge difference between rectification of paint work and total vehicle restoration.

Paint rectification at the factory post production line or. indeed. by the supplying dealer to correct faults or delivery damage was common in the 60's. 70's and 80's when most cars were at least in part sprayed by hand as opposed to today's fully automated processes. Often we will offer a car that has had some paint rectification for these reasons or perhaps to localised areas following parking mishaps etcetera.

Occasionally we may offer a car that has had rather more paint rectification although we will always endeavour to make this known. if we are aware of it. in the description. It will be very rare however for us to offer a car that has had a full restoration including replacement panels etc and only then if we have satisfied ourselves of the quality of the work.

It is becoming extremely difficult to obtain an un-restored 20-50 year old car. By and large they were just not built to last in the 70's and 80's. However. if you do find an original example that's survived the chances are that. if looked after. it should last for many more years. after all it will only have lasted this long because it will have had little use and been extraordinarily well cared for previously. The same. unfortunately. is far less likely to be able to be said for a car that has under gone renovation.

We think that you simply cannot beat a straight original example of any item. There is a school of thought that believes that if you take something apart and then put it back together you are just recreating that item in a false attempt to make it as it was in its former glory. and that no matter how well a vehicle has been restored it can only be original once.

Whereas we know that many restorations are done to the highest standards we believe that there are far more that are not. Who really knows what skulduggery may lie beneath a car that has possibly covered hundreds of thousands of miles then been restored at least one time or maybe even more than once! In our view if a car has required restoration then by default it must have become worn out. tired and have most probably been neglected.

It is interesting to note that of late we have sold some of our finest original quality cars to some of that particular Marques top and best known restorers - not for them to restore but for them to keep! Even they know. in their hearts. that one thing is for sure - a car that has been the subject of restoration. no matter how good will. almost without exception. lack the spirit and soul of an original example and probably cost 3 times as much to complete and be worth less than half than an original example when done!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

BY BIDDING ON ANY ITEM IT WILL BE DEEMED THAT YOU HAVE READ UNDERSTOOD AND ACCEPT THESE CONDITIONS.

ZERO RATED BIDDERS OR BIDDERS WITH A RATING OF LESS THAN 10. please read the conditions that apply to you below.

Contacts. location

The vehicle is in South West Oxfordshire. 15 minutes from the A34 at Oxford (M40 from London or Birmingham) or 20 minutes from Swindon East Junction of the M4.

Business Mobile 07771 567567 (reasonable hours only please)

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Before you enter a bid

Please be sure that this is the vehicle that you want. that you are happy with and understand the guide lines if the description (see below). that you understand the rules of ebay and that you have read these terms and conditions and that you accept them.

Description

We have included a fairly comprehensive description and photographs which many people will feel happy to buy from. We are sure that you will find the description will give an accurate outline of the vehicle although as people's expectations vary you are encouraged to view before auction end to form your own view.

The pictures and the description should be viewed in detail together and you should make use of them both. not just one of them. in reaching your decision to bid. A imperfection that is visible in the pictures may not be mentioned in the description - and visa-versa.

The description endeavours to be as informative as practically possible but it is not. obviously. meticulous with regard to every individual part or area of the vehicle. It is intended to represent just an outline of the general state of the vehicle and is not a thorough condition assessment report.

If we find a major problem we will say so. however any checks made in compiling the description will have only been carried out at ground level without the use of a hoist or any other equipment. Therefore any issues in areas not readily visible without the vehicle being raised are specifically excluded in the description and from the reasons not to proceed as outlined below.

There are some General proviso's regarding classic vehicles and the parts that make them up that are often decades old. Please remember they have been used and are not "new out of the box" and will inevitably show signs of such. All vehicles and their components deteriorate as soon as they leave the factory. just some to a lesser degree than others.

This is not a new vehicle. or a vehicle that has been restored using new parts so most of the parts and often the paint finish will indeed be many years old. Common sense. giving consideration to its age and mileage. should prevail.

Any references to condition should be taken in the context of age and type of vehicle. For example we may say "remarkably rust free". that should be taken in context of the age and type of vehicle. It should not be taken that the vehicle and its components are entirely without perhaps some oxidisation whatsoever anywhere. Or we may say "never welded" and this or anything similar should be accepted as referring only to that that is obviously noticeable and from ground level. This is not necessarily a reflection on this particular vehicle but applies to classic cars in general.

If you require any further information regarding specific areas please just ask. BEFORE YOU BID or come and view to satisfy yourself.

Finally so confident are we that our description is a fair representation of the overall condition of the vehicle that if. on collection. it is not and there are obvious major imperfections or serious faults. not previously mentioned. we will not expect you to proceed. However please do not interpret this genuine good practice offer as a way out of not proceeding due to imperfections or faults not considered serious or any that we could not reasonably have known of. or not paying. or paying less for a vehicle. that you have legally bought for the amount bid at the auction end.

We are a business selling on ebay it is important to us to maintain our good seller's reputation and ensure that our customers are completely satisfied. Therefore it is  positively not in our interest to deliberately miss-describe the vehicle. Which brings us on to:-

Our one negative feedback

If you look at our feed back over the last ten years it is exemplary. Positive feedback for over 100 classic cars and comments that we are very proud of.

We list here just a few extracts. "The car was exactly as described" "VERY ACCURATE DESCRIPTION"  "Car Was As Described & It's Beautiful"    then praise about us -"100% satisfied An outstanding seller & a true gentleman" "Completely trustworthy excellent seller with knowledge and passion" "honest and professional"  "The man is a perfect Gent - excellent car. delighted with entire thing top marks" "I think I have dealt with one of the best sellers on E bay if not the best" .

 . and so on - high praise indeed. We have listed here just a few. there are many more similar reviews that can be viewed in our feedback section.

Most will be happy to buy from us as a seller with such previous quality feedback and most likely won't feel the need to read further. If you are a little unsure though because of the one negative feedback you may want to read on.

"NOT 'original'. Fresh paint. described as 'factory'. Rust bubbles. Wheels loose. " is what the buyer. who was a motor dealer and had fully inspected the vehicle before taking delivery. said.

The vehicle in question was a Motorhome converted when new from an early eighties Fiat van not much bigger than a small car. The actual paint finish of these vans when new was sometimes less than perfect. Runs in the paint. often an "orange peel" surface finish.

For this vehicle in our listing under the bodywork section we said:-

"For a 30 year old Fiat. as we say they were renown for corrosion. Y is remarkably rust free with just the smallest of hardly visible areas of surface only oxidisation in one or two places.   

The vast majority of the paint remains factory applied complete with unintentional but standard 'orange peel' effect. considered acceptable in the early eighties on Italian built vehicles intended for commercial use.

 We have had our body shop attend to a couple of areas of surface only rust such as around the rear vents and in a couple of other places. " 

We had. then. clearly stated that there was some fresh paint alongside the vast majority (not all) of factory original and that there was some surface rust bubbles (oxidisation) remaining in one or two places. We stand by the description as correct. Most of the paint was original. Our body shop give us assurances that when they worked on the areas mentioned in the listing there were no additional coats of primer between the top coat and the factory primer and only the one top coat. The paint finish on the inside of the vehicle. also without question original. matched that of the outside with exactly the same density of Orange Peel effect. The finish on this camper was indeed mostly original and exactly as described.

Photographs

All photographs in the listing are taken by us using a digital camera. They are recent and are often taken just hours before the listing is posted. Other shots may be available please just ask and let us have an email address. by text is the best way. All photographs are copyrighted and may not be used elsewhere without our express written permission.

Test drive

You will be able to take the vehicle on an accompanied test drive before you pay for it but will only be able to not proceed if you find an obvious major mechanical fault that has not been mentioned in the description.

When you bid

By bidding you are agreeing and legally bound. if your bid is highest and the reserve is reached. to unconditionally buy the vehicle for the price that you have bid.

Negative. zero rated. international bidders or bidders with a score of less than 10 please call or e-mail before you bid with a landline number and address. We accept that just because you don't have a high score does not mean that you are not serious. but we do need to check you are real. that you clearly understand the rules and your intentions are good.

Far be it for us to tell you how to go about bidding. However. over the years we have had some bitterly disappointed bidders who placed their best and final bid just too late.

We understand why you might leave your bidding until the final few seconds however please at least make sure that you are signed in to your ebay account. one of our customers missed a car that he had searched years for because when he went to bid he had been logged out and had not left himself time to re enter his password!

It may be to your advantage to take independent advice on the best way to bid. You are welcome to call 07771 567567 after the auction end should your bid not have been successful.

Reserve and buy it now price

As is the way with auctions. we will not normally divulge the reserve price or issue a buy it now price. if we do from time to time we will state so in the description.

In fairness to all bidders we will not end the auction early and let it run its course. except on the very rear occasion of the vehicle being advertised elsewhere.

Please. do not ask what the reserve is set at we really are unable to say any more about the reserve than we already have under the value section.

If you are the winner

The Successful bidder should contact us within 12 hours of auction end. Preferably  by email. via ebay. and by telephone 07771 567567.

An invoice will be issued for the full amount via ebay with instructions how to pay the deposit via Paypal.

All buyers must pay a £250 Deposit via Paypal or cash within 24 hours of end of auction.

Payment

In all cases the balances. after the £250 deposit above or any additional deposit below. must be paid within 7 days of auction end.

The total Balance to be paid by Cash U. K pounds on collection or bank transfer prior to collection. We will transfer the money back should we not proceed for misrepresentation reasons on collection only. as outlined above.

We are unable to accept any payment other than the £250 deposit via Paypal.

If you are unable to provide the above we will require an additional deposit of 10% of the sale price paid in cash or bank transfer within 48 hours of the auction end. Sorry there can be no exceptions and deposits are not refundable.

Collection

The vehicle must be collected within 7 days of auction end unless otherwise agreed. We will assist you with collection where we can and will email full directions on how to find us.

Please give us as much notice of required collection time and date as possible. If you are delayed on your way to us it's not normally a problem please just let us know. We would ask that you ring us when you are an hour or so away from us.

We reserve the right to charge for storage if the vehicle is not collected within 7 days of auction end.

Usually a mechanic does carry a pre sale levels & safety check (lights. oil etc) at our premises  at ground level only without the use of a hoist. This check is not by any means exhaustive. As we have said though we are not restorers and this is not a vehicle that has been rebuilt.

Please remember that the vehicles we sell often are many years old and some of them have had very little or even no recent use. If you are able we would suggest a policy of easing a car back into service gradually. Despite our best endeavours to ensure they don't. occasionally things can unexpectedly go wrong. Our advice would be to allow plenty of time for your journey. especially if you are catching a ferry and it may be a good idea to have AA or RAC cover. again this is not a reflection on this particular car just good general advice for any older/classic car user.

We are happy to pick up the buyer from Oxford. Didcot or Swindon Station; delivery of the vehicle or collection of the buyer from elsewhere may be possible at extra cost – just ask. We will always try to be flexible and help where we can

AIRPORTS.

Provided that the reserve price has been met we do offer a collection service from Birmingham. Luton. Heathrow or Bristol Airports. subject to suitable times. We charge a nominal £50. 00 for this. For costs where the reserve has not been met or other locations please enquire.

Delivery. we do have a tow vehicle and are able to hire a trailer big enough for most cars. please enquire.

General

Non paying bidders will be reported to ebay and may be referred to an international debt collection agency.

The successful bidder should ensure that the vehicle is insured by them at auction end.

Bidders from outside the U. K. welcome but please call before bidding.

Descriptions. terms conditions and pictures used in this listing are copyrighted and may not be used without the authors express permission.

Items bought at auction and classics vehicles over 25 years old are sold without warranty and no returns are accepted.

 You will not be disappointed with this vehicle so please start your bidding now- best of Luck

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