The following excerpt and images are from the H&H website. See link below for H&H
- John Steed's famous mount in 'The New Avengers' TV series
- The eighth XJ-C 12 made and originally a Jaguar experimental car (as confirmed by its Heritage Certificate)
- Broadspeed body kit and extra wide wheels fitted for the TV series plus respray in Metallic Green and re-trim in Beige leather etc
- Dry stored for many years and now in need of restoration
And now for something completely different! Jaguar initially employed this fascinating pre-production XJ12C as an experimental vehicle. The Coupe was then sent to Broadspeed where it was equipped with the same distinctive body kit that the tuning firm's BL-supported racers wore and extra wide wheels. Thus visually enhanced the four-seater served as Steed's mount in the 'New Avengers' TV series; models of which were issued in period by Dinky and SMTS. Unlike its later production siblings, the Jaguar features unique arrow shaped trim pieces to the base of its C-pillars. Though, it's believed the Broadspeed style rear spoiler was added after the TV show had ended. After being de-commissioned from its TV role the Jaguar passed through a number of keepers before being offered for sale at the NEC classic car show in the early nineties. The Coupe was then dry stored for many years, during which the windscreens, headlining and rear lights were vandalised - but, fear not, replacement windscreens and rear lights have been supplied with the car, courtesy of Potteries Jaguar Spares. 'NWK 60P' is finished in Green and trimmed in Tan hide and the vendor honestly describes the bodywork, paintwork, interior and engine as all being in 'poor order'. The Jaguar is therefore offered in effectively 'barn find' condition complete with V5C, DVLA printout of previous keepers, various spare trim items and Jaguar Heritage Certificate that confirms (a) its status as a pre-production vehicle and (b) its usage in the New Avengers TV series. The odometer currently registers an unwarranted 4,920 miles; a figure that is lent some credibility by the fact that Patrick Macnee hated driving the Big Cat due to its heavy steering. 'NWP 60P' had been thought lost for many years but now represents a unique opportunity for Jaguar and New Avengers fans everywhere! Once restored it will doubtless be invited to a host of events and afford its new owner nigh on celebrity status!
Thanks for that excellent post Del . Strange that Patrick McNee thought the steering was heavy - as far as I'm aware it had power assisted steering from new (I think all of th XJ Coupes did). Maybe the extra weight of the bodykit and wider section tyres made it feel too heavy...?
Some archive shots of the car...
Someone has replaced the original plates at some point, and they've added the name 'Steed' below the number...