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2013-07-04 05:01:06 | Adrian Massey writes:

Chassis #19.
First road-registered XJ.
The 'Press Car'.
Oldest surviving XJ.

2015-07-08 20:25:11 | pauls writes:

Car to be at auction 7/15

Auction description:
Lot 170A - 1968 Jaguar XJ Series I - Pre Production Chassis 19
Estimate: £25,000 - £35,000

MWK 28G was manufactured around 10th of June 1968 and is a very important example of an early XJ6 with second to none provenance. This car is a pre-production car, chassis 19 out of a total of 20 and the first road registered XJ in August 1968.

It was a press demonstrator known as 'Press Car 1' and featured in many magazines of the time and significantly in a 7 page spread in the Daily Telegraph Magazine published on 27th September 1960. Photographs accompanying the article show MWK 28G camouflaged with cardboard and masking tape before being removed to reveal the revolutionary shape of the XJ. The car also featured on the cover of Autocar Magazine on 26th September 1968 and again on 17th April '69 and has featured in numerous articles since over the intervening decades.

Subsequently the car was tested extensively by Jaguars development team and had a new engine fitted in September 1969 and subsequently sold to its first private owner in 1970. Since then the car has been lovingly maintained and the cars history gathered together. Fortunately the owners maintained the car without resorting to a major restoration which enables it to retain much originality.

The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust has confirmed that MWK 28G is the oldest XJ in existence and more than likely the most original example on the market. Described as being in good to excellent condition throughout MWK 28G is supplied with a UK V5 document, MoT certificate valid until July 2016 and a huge history file detailing the cars unique story; this is the finest and oldest XJ in existence.

2015-10-04 22:16:31 | John Elmgreen writes:

Jaguar Driver (UK club magazine) - April 1986:
READERS might recall my article in October's issue of Jaguar Driver 1985, in which I gave details of my, then, recent acquisition MWK 28G. Knowing the 2.8 XJ6 to have been registered on Aug 1, 1968, and it to be the 19th XJ ever built, I felt compelled to collate all details of the car's history.
[JE: 1G 1019 BW]
To date, I have completed this, other than who drove the car during its two year retention by Jaguar:
a. Registered MWK 28G Aug. 1, 1968; in Regency Red with Beige.
b. 'Released to Publicity Aug. 1, 1968'.
c. 'Available for disposal Nov. 18, 1968'.
d. New engine, fitted by Jaguar, Sept. 1969; at 20,000 miles, Approx.
e. Sold May 1970 To Mr. Edgley Cox, West Midlands. (Moved to Bristol)
f. Sold May 1979 to Mr. Brian Phillips -- Bristol. (Moved to Isle of Wight)
g. Sold March 1985 to A.R. Percival Havant.
As various claims had been made about '28G being the first XJ to be registered in the world, I decided to call upon the services of Mr. Ian Luckett, Co-ordinator Special Facilities at Jaguar Cars Ltd. In order to satisfy my curiosty, and to substantiate any such claim, it was neces¬sary to ascertain details of the first XJ's.
This information does seem to confirm '28G as being the first registered XJ6, unless, that is, a later model was registered before August '68 -- obviously, very improbable.
I should like to point out that all these facts have been supplied and re-checked by Mr. Ian Luckett, and, if I may be permitted, on behalf of the XJ Register, I should like to extend my heartiest of thanks to him for a most diligent piece of research many, many thanks.
Having gone to such lengths to secure these details, I'm sure others, as well as I, would find it most interesting to hear of the whereabouts/condition of any of these early cars, should they be extant. I should appreciate any such details on Havant 476738.
Finally, I think it should be pointed out that the records held by Jaguar Cars are not comprehensive, and as many were for experimental use certain differences may exist between their specifications as listed and that at point of sale. One example that comes to mind is 1005 (MVC 201G) which is listed as an Ascot Fawn V12. Yet, I have a photograph clearly showing this registration on a dark coloured 4.2. A. R. Percival, Havant, Hants.

2020-07-01 07:20:19 | pauls writes:

Article 7/1/20 on Xclusively Jaguar

The earliest surviving XJ6, a pre-production Series 1

Words and pictures by Keith Parrington of Painting Classic Cars and XjRestorations

2018 saw the XJ model celebrate its landmark 50th year since launch – setting the benchmark for luxury saloon cars the world over for many years. Very few XJ’s have the draw of MWK 28G. Built in early June 1968, MWK is the 19th of 20 handbuilt pre production XJ6’s – and the first ever road registered car. It was this very car that carried out the vast amount of road testing through France and Spain, and graced the cover of the majority of motoring press publications of the time, as well as the focus of R&D during 1969 that led to the improvements of 1970 on the range. This cars history is second to none in the XJ world. Along with great history, the car is also one of the most original, unrestored XJ’s. The bodywork has been limited to one sill replacement, and the removal of the wing mirrors that were added in the 70’s, with sympathetic paint blends to these areas. The interior is all original, with the exception of the standard headlining retrim. Both the gearbox and the cylinder head have had an overhaul. Not bad for a lowly 2.8ltr automatic XJ6 that is still in regular use.

With such provenance, MWK 28G was very much in demand through 2018. In private ownership, the car was requested to attend many celebrations, including a return to Salamanca in Spain (where testing and photo shoots took place in 1968), photo shoots at Wappenbury Hall, pride of place and track parades at Brands Hatch ‘XJ50’, heading up the lineup at Wroxall Abbey for the JEC (as selected by Letitia Mace of Xclusively Jaguar!) and features in ‘Classic Cars’, ‘Practical Classics’, and ‘Jaguar World’ magazines.

2023-03-17 16:37:26 | John Elmgreen writes:

Note that the cars listed by Ian Luckett as part of the 1986 article referred to above were 1G prefix chassis numbers - i.e. they were 2.8 litre cars only, not 4.2 litre cars (which had 1L prefix chassis numbers). But Jaguar did start building 2.8 litre cars before building 4.2 litre cars - see JDHT website.

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