[v12-engine] How to identify Japanese spec V12 of a '85 XJ12 VdP?

Hello,

The Cat arrived in Helsinki recently from her ocean crossing trip from
Yokohama. Now I’m in the fortunate situation that she’s gone through the
customs and the tax man, to my relief without any extra costs.

Now the Cat is at the vet (local Jag shop) for modifications to fulfill the
Finnish specifications, needing truck load of money :frowning: In addition, she’s
getting some extras to survive our arctic weather. It is nice and crispy
today, dry, windy and sunny, - 20 degrees C (= -4 F).

Now to the question: I’ve spent hours with the ROM, Haynes and parts
catalogue in order to identify the bits and pieces that the Japanese spec
VdP with C emission V12 has (this from my VIN decoding practice, thanks to
all XJ listers who helped in this). The task has naturally been little bit
difficult since I was not able to check the under-the-bonnet situation for
the last two months. So, how do I know it is a Japanese specification V12
besides the VIN?

Thanks in advance!

Best regards,

Petri
'85 XJ12 VdP (LHD, Japanese spec) in Finland
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Best regards,

Petri
'85 XJ12 VdP (LHD, Japanese spec) in Finland

Why would a Japanese spec car be LHD?

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http://www.jag-lovers.org/cgi-bin/majordomoOn 23 Feb 2001, at 15:09, petri.jo.savolainen@nokia.com wrote:

So, how do I know it is a Japanese specification V12

besides the VIN?

It seems odd to me that it would be Japanese spec at all being LHD…

Just my two cents…

Jeb

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'85 XJ12 VdP (LHD, Japanese spec) in Finland

Huh? The only three major economies in the world with right hand drive
are the UK, Australia and Japan. If yours in left hand drive and came from
Japan, something very strange is happening…

Craig

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'85 XJ12 VdP (LHD, Japanese spec) in Finland

Huh? The only three major economies in the world with right hand drive
are the UK, Australia and Japan. If yours in left hand drive and came
from
Japan, something very strange is happening…

Okay, it’s official

Two admins and Kirby say it ain’t so…you’re car can’t be Japanese spec!
8>)

Seriously, you should definitely get as much info off that car as possible
so that you can figure out what it is…

JDHT time…I’d run the numbers up the flagpole with Jaguar and find out
where it was originally built for…

The engine numbers should tell you what engine is in it and what it’s out
of, but if you have no reason to believe that the engine was ever changed,
finding out what market the car was built for will help you when you need
weird trim, light, and interior parts.

Cheers,

Jeb

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'85 XJ12 VdP (LHD, Japanese spec) in Finland

Huh? The only three major economies in the world with right hand drive
are the UK, Australia and Japan. If yours in left hand drive and came from
Japan, something very strange is happening…

Is the car white?

There are supposedly several things that the Japanese are into when it comes
to extrovert car displays (read wealth) - The car should be white, LHD and
lots of aftermarket electronics…I believe the LHD thing is actually quite
common.

I saw (in NZ) an XJS convertible that had been imported from Japan that was
LHD - originally a French specification car, this had been modified by Arden
in Germany and sold in Japan brand new.

Real Japanese spec XJS’s (I don’t know about XJ12’s) have what looks like a
safari kit fitted to the exhaust - either to protect grass or people who
happen to get run over - you wouldn’t want them getting burnt.

Cheers
Scott

1976 6.5 liter V12 XJ-S (NZ)
1990 5.3 liter V12 XJ-S (USA)_________________________________________________________
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To the list;
Having been stationed and lived in Japan on the economy twice, I can tell
you that there are many LHD cars on the road over there. They come into the
country as LHD two ways. If imported by a Status of Forces Agreement wavier (US
Military and Diplomatic Corps) the car has a permanent License Tag beginning
with a capital E and numbers. The smog control must be tested and then secured
with a seal on the adjustments. The second way is by a foreign national who
pays a lesser import fee than the Japanese do. These cars are also subjected to
the same smog restrictions. The License plates will have either a capital N or R
followed by numbers. E type cars can be sold after being in the country for six
months at a very high resale price to the Japanese. Both times there I brought
in new Mercury full size station wagons and sold them as private ambulances for
almost twice the price I paid for them here in the US. We were also allowed to
buy imported cars such as a Jaguar tax free through the base exchange system.
That may be how the above Jaguar car got it’s credentials.
Charlie
Florida

Scott Horner wrote:

'85 XJ12 VdP (LHD, Japanese spec) in Finland

Huh? The only three major economies in the world with right hand drive
are the UK, Australia and Japan. If yours in left hand drive and came from
Japan, something very strange is happening…

Is the car white?

There are supposedly several things that the Japanese are into when it comes
to extrovert car displays (read wealth) - The car should be white, LHD and
lots of aftermarket electronics…I believe the LHD thing is actually quite
common.

I saw (in NZ) an XJS convertible that had been imported from Japan that was
LHD - originally a French specification car, this had been modified by Arden
in Germany and sold in Japan brand new.

Real Japanese spec XJS’s (I don’t know about XJ12’s) have what looks like a
safari kit fitted to the exhaust - either to protect grass or people who
happen to get run over - you wouldn’t want them getting burnt.

Cheers
Scott

1976 6.5 liter V12 XJ-S (NZ)
1990 5.3 liter V12 XJ-S (USA)


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Huh? The only three major economies in the world with right hand drive
are the UK, Australia and Japan.
And New Zealand!

Waddyamean we’re not a MAJOR economy;

Paul S
Kiwi (No chip on my shoulder!)
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Okay, it’s official

Two admins and Kirby say it ain’t so…you’re car can’t be Japanese spec!
8>)

Maybe its not LHD :wink:

Paul S.

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Thanks for your support Paul. I was about to comment. Major economy huh?
Regards John (Clegs)
1989 XJ-S V12 29km’s
Auckland, NZ
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From: Paul Squire Paul@Squire.Co.NZ
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Date: Monday, 26 February 2001 09:23
Subject: Re: [v12-engine] How to identify Japanese spec V12 of a '85 XJ12
VdP?

Huh? The only three major economies in the world with right hand drive
are the UK, Australia and Japan.
And New Zealand!

Waddyamean we’re not a MAJOR economy;

Paul S
Kiwi (No chip on my shoulder!)
:wink:

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When sitting in the vehicle, is there a steering wheel in front of you or is
it on the other side. If it is on the other side the vehicle is not LH
Drive!!!
Just a thought.
Regards John (Clegs)
1989 XJ-s V12 29km’s
Auckland, NZ-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Squire Paul@Squire.Co.NZ
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Date: Monday, 26 February 2001 09:27
Subject: Re: [v12-engine] How to identify Japanese spec V12 of a '85 XJ12
VdP?

Okay, it’s official

Two admins and Kirby say it ain’t so…you’re car can’t be Japanese
spec!

8>)

Maybe its not LHD :wink:

Paul S.

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When sitting in the vehicle, is there a steering wheel in front
of you or is
it on the other side.

Er - it depends on what side of the vehicle you are sitting :wink:

Craig
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