New Avengers Jaguar smashes auction estimate
17:36 15 October 2015
The 1976 Jaguar XJ12-C Broadspeed driven by John Steed, played by the late Patrick Macnee, in popular 1970s TV series The New Avengers smashed its estimate at auction.
With a modest estimate of £10,000 to £12,000 at H&H Classics’ auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, it finally went under the hammer for £62,000.
John Steed’s on-screen hero-car began life as a 5.3-litre V12 pre-production prototype vehicle for Jaguar before being sent to Broadspeed Engineering to be fitted with upgraded bodykit including wider bumpers and wheelarches plus bigger wheels and tyres in preparation for filming.
Following the series finale in 1977, NWK 60P was then sold and passed through the hands of multiple keepers before the famous Jaguar disappeared from public view in the early 1990s and remained in hibernation for the next two decades – during which time it was subjected to vandalism and general disrepair.