The 5.3-litre V12 idles smoothly and delivers power through the gears with ease. The driving experience is undeniably refined and is accompanied by a deep V12 murmur upon acceleration. Benefiting from a recent mechanical re-commissioning the XJS performs well, and has been freshly serviced for the new keeper's peace of mind.
Lifting the bonnet reveals the 4.2-litre FSI V8 power plant, which produces 444hp. The engine bay is absolutely spotless and presents as new. Equipped with the desirable sports exhaust, the RS4 erupts with a veritable V8 roar and sounds fantastic through the rev range. The car drives perfectly on test and rockets from 0-60 in just 4.7 seconds, shifting seamlessly through each of the seven gears.
The Carrera RS was fitted with a revised version of the standard 3.6-litre 964 engine. It had an increased power output as well as a lightweight flywheel coupled to a G50/10 gearbox with closer ratios. Featuring a RUF turbo conversion this particular example has all the benefits of the agile RS, combined with the awesome power of a factory wide body Turbo.
The vast engine bay appears in excellent condition under our studio lighting. The 3.2-litre V6 idles up to temperature nicely and punches out a respectable 228hp at 5600rpm. On closer inspection the under-bonnet components appear in great shape throughout, with nothing untoward to speak of for a car of this age. Despite its low mileage the SL boasts a good maintenance record, and so unsurprisingly remains in fine mechanical fettle. It will be sold freshly serviced.
At the heart of this Mercedes is its 5-litre V8 engine. Producing around 315hp, and coupled to a four-speed automatic gearbox, it enables the car to sprint from 0-60mph within six seconds and have a top speed of 155mph, which is limited. Derestricted models have been known to reach over 170mph.
Lifting the large rear shell reveals the wonderful Dino V6 power plant. In June 2015 the current owner spent over £14,000 with Walkers Garage to rectify any issues that were discovered after a full inspection and check over.
Praised for its superior handling the Club Sport was named ‘Performance Car of the Year' in 1993 soon after its launch. Under the bonnet lies the 2990cc inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The engine bay of this particular car remains extremely clean and tidy with no corrosion to any of the panels or components. Complete with a superb maintenance record the car appears in excellent mechanical fettle, performing extremely well on test.
With just 40k miles to its name the 5.3-litre V12 has led an easy life. Upon sale of the car it will receive a fresh service as peace of mind for the new owner. The engine bay is well preserved and is certainly consistent with a car having covered so few miles.
The under bonnet area is wonderfully clean with all plastic components appearing factory-fresh. There is no corrosion to any of the inner panels, and the engine itself remains in excellent fettle.
Opening the rear lid you'll find the engine bay in very good, clean order. The two-cylinder 499.5cc unit, which produces 22hp, runs well and idles up to temperature nicely.
Once unlatched, the vast front end lifts with ease to reveal the 4.2-litre straight-six engine. Being a Californian E-Type this example is fitted with twin Zenith-Stromberg carburettors producing 245hp.
The Cortina is equipped with the original 1558cc DOHC inline 4 power plant. This Lotus/Ford engine is equipped with twin Weber carburettors, electrical fuel pump, and a wet sump. The four-speed synchromesh gearbox feels tight and precise to operate throughout the gears and rev range.
With just 34k miles to its name the 5.3-litre V12 remains in great mechanical fettle, and has just been freshly serviced. The engine bay is well preserved and is certainly consistent with a car having covered so few miles.
Removing the rear panel reveals a 2056cc Porsche 914 engine, which benefits from a CSP upright cooling conversion and produces approximately 130hp. It features a dry sumped oil system, twin Dellorto DRLA 40 carbs, a Mallory Unilite distributer and coil, sports camshaft, and a lightened crank. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a five-speed dogleg manual ‘box (also from a 914), along with a 911 clutch. The exhaust is stainless steel.
The 5.3-litre V12 starts first turn of the key and idles up to temperature nicely. The engine compartment appears in near pristine condition with all components displaying a factory-fresh finish. The spotless engine bay is most certainly consistent with a car having covered a mere 15k miles from new.
Opening the rear lid you'll find the engine bay in very good, clean order. The two-cylinder 499.5cc unit, which produces 22hp, runs well and idles nicely up to temperature. Brilliant in its simplicity the 500 certainly provides a gratifying driving experience.
Having covered a mere 18k miles from new the stock 3430cc straight-six remains in excellent mechanical order. Remaining dry stored for most of its life the engine bay has none of the usual corrosion issues associated with E24's on the inner wings and chassis rails. Since arriving at 4 Star the Observer has been treated to a full service including all fluids, filters, and plugs.
The 3.6-litre air-cooled engine is in excellent mechanical fettle having benefitted from maintenance recorded since the early nineties. The engine bay itself is clean and tidy with all mechanical components in great order. Having clearly been a well looked-after example, the Carrera 2 drives extremely well; the engine pulls hard and the five-speed manual gearbox operates with precision.
The densely packed engine bay area houses the vast 5.3-litre V12 powerplant. The engine itself remains in fine fettle, idling up to temperature with ease and smoothly powering through the gears as desired. Benefiting from a good maintenance record the car performs well on test.
The engine bay presents in good order, remaining clean and tidy. The rubbers and plastics maintain a healthy appearance and even the factory stickers are still intact. The 2.4-litre mechanical fuel injection (MFI) engine produces a glorious tone through the recently fitted stainless exhaust - the original is still present - and the five-speed box handles the 911's power perfectly through the gears. The car features an excellent history file and so it is clearly evident that it has always been well maintained.
The 3.2-litre flat-six erupts first turn of the key and idles up to temperature nicely. A major service was carried out in June this year; at this time the crankcase oil return pipe and oil return tubes were replaced. Being a 1987 Carrera this example is equipped with the desirable five-speed Getrag G50 transmission. The gearbox oil was also changed in June.
Under the bonnet you'll find the smooth 5-litre V8. Producing 322hp the engine rockets the SL from 0-60 in a smidge over six seconds, despite it weighing nearly two tonnes! On close inspection the engine compartment remains extremely clean and tidy with many of the components retaining their original factory gold finish. All of the plastics and rubbers still boast a healthy appearance, with no signs of any damage or corrosion to any of the inner panels.
Under the bonnet lies the magnificent 5-litre Mercedes Benz V8 engine, producing over 300hp and launching the SL to 60 mph in a swift 6.5 seconds. The SL is excellent mechanical condition, having always been maintained by either main dealers or Mercedes-approved specialists, most recently in September 2016 at 42,259 miles.
Under the large bonnet is an orderly engine bay in fine fettle. At the heart of this S-class is the 3.2-litre inline 6 powerplant, mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox producing returning a modest 23 mpg.