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Jaguar XJS: Buying guide and review (1975-1996)

Jaguar XJS: Buying guide and review (1975-1996) Classic and Performance Car
Jaguar XJ-S (Images: Magic Car Pics) Jaguar XJ-S engine (Images: Magic Car Pics) Jaguar XJ-S interior (Images: Magic Car Pics)
When did you last see a Jaguar XJ-S on a public road, actually been driven? I bet the answer wasn’t this week, or even this month, especially if we’re talking about the early, pre- HE coupé version of the XJ-S (note the hyphen, which disappeared with the restyled XJS in 1990), which seems to have disappeared into Room 101. And yet, when you look at the production numbers, Jaguar managed to sell a remarkable 115,413 examples over a period of 20 years, making it a hugely successful model for the famous British brand and comfortably outselling its more famous predecessor, the E-type, by some 40,000 units.
 
But when the XJ-S was launched in 1975, the initial reception was mixed to say the least, with many observers taking issue with the car’s looks, particularly the rear buttresses and the controversial 5mph impact bumpers. Car was the most blunt, writing in 1980: ‘The Jaguar XJ-S’s most glaring fault – its ugliness.’ Fortunately, even Car admitted that the XJ-S had more than its fair share of brilliance and reluctantly put it ahead of much more expensive rivals in several early group-tests, as did Autocar and Motor.
 
It’s important to know that the XJ-S was always destined to be very different to the E-type it was designed to replace, with Sir Williams Lyons stating that he wanted it to be ‘a high-performance luxury GT car, which would sell beyond the enthusiast sports car market and appeal more to the business purchaser ’. What hampered its development, though, was the sudden legal requirement in America for 5mph impact bumpers and worrying rumours that convertibles would no longer be legal in the US, due to changes in roll-over protection regulations. In the end, these were never introduced and a convertible XJ-S eventually went ahead, but all this uncertainty at the drawing board stage delayed its introduction by a year or so.
 
What everyone who drove the car seemed to agree on was that the XJ-S was a peerless mile-muncher, cosseting its occupants from the outside world in a way even luxury cars could hardly match.
 
Which one to buy? 
 
The XJ-S’s sales success thankfully means that there is a great number of them left on the road today, while the 21-year production run saw various different revisions and models through the years to suit various tastes. 
 
The earliest, and some would say purest cars, were only available with the V12 engine. These early models offer great value and styling, but it’s as the car matured, it became better-built and far better to drive. The introduction of the ‘High Efficiency’ (HE) version in 1981 brought in a much more advanced engine, capable of up to 20mpg. Minor styling changes include new wheels and more chrome. 
 
If you plan on running the car regularly, the option of one of the six-cylinder cars, launched in 1983, is an appealing one. Performance isn’t significantly reduced, but the smaller engine provides up to 30mpg (on a very gentle run!) and reduced running costs. 
 
Most XJ-Ss feature an automatic gearbox, although a handful were bought with manual ‘boxes. When it went on sale in ‘83, the AJ6-engined cars were only offered with a manual, so these are the most common three-pedalled cars, but auto was made finally made available in 1988. 
 
The Cabriolet version went on sale in 1983 with a roll-hoop, removable targa panels and a half-length fabric top, with the full convertible following in 1988. With an electronic hood, and the option of a V12, these later convertibles are far superior. 
 
If it’s performance that you’re looking for, then the limited edition XJR-S model is worth seeking out. With a new bodykit designed by Peter Stevens, and new Speedline alloy wheels, it looked substantially different but the engine initially remained unchanged. Chassis tweaks and improved steering made the TWR-fettled model far more capable in the bends, and a 6.0-litre version in 1989 also gave it a 160mph top speed. Monstrous Lister road cars are perhaps the ultimate, but these are very rare, expensive and difficult to find. 
 
A couple of facelifts in the 1990s again brought in various improvements, including 6.0-litre V12 in 1993, and an improved six-cylinder AJ16 powerplant in 1995. Last of the line Celebration models are perhaps the best of all the XJS models to drive, and are priced accordingly. The last models were also galvanised, helping them to stand up to the UK’s salted roads considerably better than earlier models. 
 

You could look at the XJ-S’s potential faults and accompanying rectification prices and see the model as a be-wheeled money pit. Buy a bad one and you will end up paying your ‘bargain’ price many times over. But the same can be said of any high-end car, and with this one there is simply no reason to buy a poor example.  
 


There are plenty of good cars out there, and a number of specialists who deal only in excellent examples. Our best advice is either to buy through such a specialist or get them to inspect a potential purchase for a fee. 
 
 
Performance and specs 
 
Jaguar XJS HE Coupe (1986) 


Engine 5343cc all-alloy V12, SOHC per bank, two valves per cylinder, Bosch-Lucas fuel injection 
 
Power 299bhp @ 5500rpm 
 
Torque 318lb ft @ 3500rpm 
Transmission Three-speed GM400 automatic, rear-wheel drive 

Fuel consumption 17mpg 
Top speed 153mph 
0-60mph 7.5sec  
 
Dimensions and weight 
 
Wheelbase 2591mm
Length 4872mm
Width 1791mm
Height 1265mm
Weight 1750kg
 
Common problems 
 
• The galvanised Celebration models stand up much better to the rigours of weather and road salt. Even so, it is worth checking all years of XJ-S for rot around the lower seatbelt mounts and at the scuttle panel that runs in front of the windscreen. 
 
• If there’s rust bubbling up in front of the screen’s lower rubber, then the scuttle panel will need repairing. To do this properly, the screen has to come out. The front wings sometimes have to come off as well to cure creeping rust. 
 
• While those are the big-ticket corrosion jobs, don’t leave your bodywork inspection to these areas alone. Check over the entire body, dwelling a little longer at the rear arches that are potential rot-spots on the pre-galvanised cars. 
 
• Look out for signs of accident damage, including poor body panel alignment and mismatched paint. 
 
• Jaguar recommended Pirelli P600 and, later, P6000 tyres for these cars. The P6000s are still available new. 
 
• While parts supply is generally good, certain components, such as the front headlights, just aren’t available new. Dealers will charge up to £250 for a good used lamp, so look hard for chips in the lenses and add any damage to your mental money-off list.  
 
• All the XJ-S engines are pretty much bulletproof. The V12 is wonderfully unstressed and will hum along at 70mph with just 2000rpm showing on the rev counter. 
 
• The engine should be incredibly smooth – even one running on fewer than 12 cylinders can still sound a lot happier than the average four-pot. Happily, most misfires are caused by nothing more complicated than failing plug leads or distributor cap. 
 
• The AJ6 engine’s timing chain can get rattly but won’t break like a modern cambelt. Often the fix is as simple as replacing the chain tensioner. 
 
• Oil coolers are prone to failure on cars that have been sitting for a while, so if you come across a low-mileage barn-find keep an eye out for any oil leaks.  
 
• Exhaust manifolds on the AJ16 units fitted from 1993 are prone to cracking. This is caused by worn gearbox mounts that allow the engine to move against the rigidly-mounted manifold, cracking it in the process. 
 
• Make sure you have a good look at the radiator. Overheating can cause a lot of damage and a new rad should be fitted every nine years or so.  
 
• No inspection of an XJ-S can be complete without a really close look at the underside. The front subframe is a prime rot spot and its replacement, factoring in new dampers, bushes, springs and lots of labour, can exceed £4000. 
 
• If the jacking points have rotted out, replacement can be done from £400 a side. But it’s common for the rot to spread from the jacking points, which form part of the complex sill structure, and repairs can easily run to four figures.  
 
• Take a good look at the interior, as re-trimming to the seats can be costly. While the wood trim on the dashboard can be repaired, again this is not a cheap job.
 
Model history 
 
1966: The XJ-S’s flying buttresses first appear on Malcolm Sayer’s XJ27 prototype 
1975: XJ-S coupé arrives with a 5.3-litre V12, gearboxes mostly automatics 
1981: HE (High Efficiency) V12 released, offering reduced fuel consumption 
1983: AJ6 3.6-litre inline six-cylinder introduced with five-speed manual gearbox only. Cabriolet version now available in both engine sizes 
1988: Full convertible XJ-S arrives. Automatic gearbox available on AJ6-engined cars 
1989: Jaguar becomes part of the Ford group 
1991: XJ-S loses its hyphen to become XJS and the model is facelifted, losing plastic rear side window surrounds and metal door window surrounds. Six-cylinder engine taken out to 4.0 litres. 
1993: Big, colour-coded bumpers take over from slender chrome. AJ16 four-valves-per-cylinder, 4.0-litre, six-cylinder engine replaces AJ6 
1994: XJS Celebration models with galvanised bodies, AJ16 sixes and a new 6.0-litre V12 launched to coincide with Jaguar’s 75th anniversary 
1996: Jaguar XK8 replaces the XJS after 115,413 models have been built. 
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites 
 
• www.jec.org.uk – The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club 
• www.jaguardriver.co.uk – The Jaguar Drivers’ Club 
• www.jaguarownersclub.com – International club and forum 
 
Summary and prices 
 
The days of the rubbish £2000 XJS are nearly gone, and there has also been a definite upsurge in XJ-S restoration. V12-engined cars can be picked up from £8000, although great cars can command from £15,000-£25,000 for something extra special. 
 
Prices for the 3.6-litre XJ-S come in at £6000-£10,000 for a reasonable example. If you’re feeling brave, projects can still be picked up for around £2000. Top models command £18,000. 
 
The most valuable model is the XJ-S V12 Cabriolet, which can command up to £35,000 in top condition. Usable examples range from £12,500-£20,000, while projects start at £3000 upwards. 
 
While the galvanised bodies and higher specification of the post-1994 models are making them very popular right now, earlier cars can be significantly cheaper and still make a good buy – as long as you choose with care.
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Last updated: 5th Aug 2016
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  • Jaguar XJS Cabriolet 1989

    €29,950(£25,999.60) €29,950(£25,999.60)

    Jaguar XJS cabriolet 1989 84.000 kms This Jaguar XJS cabriolet was originally delivered in Germany in 1989 in the beautiful paint colour Midnight Blue with silver lines and very beautiful chrome. This chic Jaguar has the original V12 engine with 265 HP and service booklets are stamped. The kilometer history is fully provable. The interior has blue leather and offers a lot of comfort. The beautiful dashboard has woodparts and little chrome details. This perfect driving Jaguar XJS is ready for a lot of comfortable driving fun. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1989
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  • Jaguar XJ-S XJR-S 6.0 Litre

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 Tom Walkinshaw had won the European Touring Car Championship in 1984 at the wheel of an XJ-S and prior to the launch of the XJR-S was producing body and suspension kits for the XJ-S at his JaguarSport Company. To further improve the sporting image of the XJ-S, the factory sanctioned an official model incorporating Walkinshaw’s enhancements – the XJR-S. Introduced in 1988, a special XJR-S version of the V12 5.3-litre car was produced by JaguarSport, a separate company owned 50:50 by Jaguar and TWR. The car had a distinctive body kit, special alloy wheels and suspension and handling improvements. The first 100 cars were known as "Celebration Le Mans" models to commemorate Jaguar's 1988 win at the Le Mans 24 Hours and were only sold in the UK. Between 1988 and 1989 a total of 326 XJR-S cars were produced with the 5.3-litre engine. After September 1989 the XJR-S was produced with a special upgraded 6.0-litre engine with a Zytek engine management system. This engine was upgraded from the standard 6.0-litre engine used in the late XJS models. The XJR-S was produced until 1993. A total of 787 coupes and 50 convertible cars were built for the wor

    • Year: 1991
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  • Jaguar Xj-s 1988

    £3,595 £3,595

    Jaguar XJS HE V12 Clic, in need of restoion, drives well,91k miles, no mot, been sitting around 7/8 years, ideal project £3595 call 07976552211

    • Engine size: 5343
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  • Jaguar XJS

    £35,995 £35,995

    1988 Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible Supplied new to Jersey this car has had 5 owners from new, the 4th owner keeping the car for 19 years. Having covered just 14000 miles from new with service history and old MOT’s, this car is in excellent condition. The car has had a full CMC inspection and been through our workshops so is now ready to drive and enjoy. To arrange a viewing/test drive please contact us.

    • Year: 1988
    • Engine size: 5.3
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  • Jaguar Xj-s HE V12 1988

    £3,995 £3,995

    Jaguar XJS HE V12 Clic, in need of restoion, drives well,91k miles, no mot, been sitting around 7/8 years, ideal project please call 07905907824

    • Mileage: 91000 mi
    • Engine size: 5343
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  • 1990 Jaguar XJS V12 Coupe

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    This Jaguar is in great condition, and is a true time capsule of originality that drives like a dream. It comes dressed in its original, brilliant Signal Red, and sporting a Black leather interior. Mechanically sound, it was always maintained by local Jaguar specialists. The V-12 Engine is very powerful, silky smooth, and very quiet. This beauty comes equipped with: Power steering and brakes, power tinted windows and door locks; Walnut trim inlaid with contrasting matching wood inserts; Leather upholstery, Air-conditioning, Fog lights, Factory AM/FM Radio with tape player, driver airbag, security system, traction control, rear defogger, intermittent wipers, cruise control, and sits upon chrome Sport spoke wheels. Documentation includes: the original Mulroney window sticker, original driver's handbook with passport to service guide, sound system instruction with radio code plus radio supplement tape, security system guide, vehicle care guide, a Jaguar merchandise catalog, a list of parts for XJS cars, as well as assorted service and maintenance receipts. This Jaguar is ready for the road or to be shown, and would make a great daily driver, or a great addition to your collection.

    • Year: 1990
    • Mileage: 49915 mi
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  • Jaguar XJS cabriolet 4.0 1993

    €32,950(£28,603.90) €32,950(£28,603.90)

    Jaguar XJS cabriolet 4.0 1993, 97.000 Kms, 2 owners This fabulous Jaguar XJS cabriolet 4.0 was delivered in the magnificent original Jade Green colour with original Latice wheels. This comfortable convertible has had 2 owners and was very well maintained. Histoy is demonstrable with 61.000 real miles (97.000 kms). The powerful 233 HP, 4.0 engine is in very good condition and drives very comfortable thanks to the automatic gearbox. The interior is very luxurious and has several options such as Cruise Control and seat heating. If you are looking for a chic and luxurious cabriolet, this Jaguar is a good choice. Car has USA title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1993
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  • Jaguar XJS 5.3 V12

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    1979 Jaguar XJS V12 Pre-HE 34,700 miles from new Finished in Cotswold yellow with beige leather interior Optioned with air conditioning, electric sunroof, electric windows, polished Kent alloy wheels, power steering. Supplied new on 24th August 1979 this car has remarkably only had 2 owners from new, the last of which owned the car for over 23 years. Since arriving here at Avantgarde we have spent a considerable amount of money ensuring the car is on the button and ready to be enjoyed by the next owner. During the latter years of the last owners tenure very few miles were driven, hence we have had the car thoroughly serviced by highly regarded Classic Jaguar Specialist Chris Forbes/CFS Motors. This included replacing various suspension bushes & shock absorbers, a replacement steering rack, brake callipers, brake hoses, etc, etc. We have also had the air conditioning system checked over and re-comissioned and it now blows ice cold. Cosmetically we have had the original Kent alloy wheels re-furbished in the correct diamond-cut finish and fitted with new tyres. A very rare opportunity to purchase an ultra-low mileage, Pre-HE XJS!

    • Mileage: 34700 mi
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  • Jaguar XJS 1988

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Jaguar XJS V12 Cabriolet 1988 48.000 kms fully original This is a fully original European delivered Jaguar XJS V12 cabriolet from 1988. Car is special order silver grey delivered by the Jaguar Dealer. 48.000 kms from new, this car is in a excellent extra ordinary quality. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1988
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  • Jaguar XJS 1989

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Jaguar XJS Cabriolet burgundy red 1989 very good condition Very good condition 1989 Jaguar XJS Cabriolet, colour burgundy red. Car is very well maintained, has good body and great paint. Interior very good condition, softtop good condition. European version. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1989
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  • Jaguar XJS 1993

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Jaguar XJS Cabriolet 4.0 1993 in very good condition 1993 Jaguar XJS 4.0 ltr 6 cyl 4-seats convertible in very good condition. Both body and interior are very well maintained. This XJS of the third generation has the 3980 cc 6 in line 226 hp engine. Runs and drives marvellous. The car has a lot of luxury : leather interior, electric adjustable frontseats, electric windows, electric roof, etc. Really a beautiful 4-seats XJS in the colour Westminster Blue which drives excellent. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1993
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  • Jaguar XJS Cabriolet 1995

    €28,950(£25,131.50) €28,950(£25,131.50)

    Jaguar XJS cabriolet 4.0 6 cyl 1995 This very chic English convertible was delivered in the original paint colour Jade Green. Really magnificent in combination with the beautiful lines of this great Jaguar. The complete new leather interior is very luxurious and comfortable. Dashboard with wood inlay and chrome. This XJS has a lot of accessories such as electric adjustable seats, powertop, airconditioning and cruise control. The perfect driving Jaguar has the original 380CC, 6 cyl, 233 HP engine. This magnificent Jaguar XJS is a comfortable driving, but also very powerful convertible. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1995
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  • 1995 Jaguar XJS 4.0 2+2 CONV.

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    (SOLD) This beautiful, unmolested vehicle is superb, original condition and would be a great addition to any Jaguar enthusiast collection. It was meticulously maintained, garage kept and is a solid, California car with only 2 owners. The paint and interior is all original and in excellent condition. This car has matching numbers, original Jaguar radio with AM/FM, Cassette and a 6 CD ex-changer in the trunk. Brakes and suspension have been checked and functioning correctly. Engine and mechanical are also in excellent working order and could serve well as a daily driver, or continue to be a show car.

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 29986 mi
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  • 1995 Jaguar XJS 4.0 2+2 CONV.

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    (SOLD) This beautiful, unmolested Jaguar XJS Convertible is in very good, original condition. It has been well maintained; garage kept and is a solid, Arizona car with limited ownership. The metallic silver blue exterior with sand colored leather seats is a great color combination, with the wood grain accents to really set it off. This 1995 XJS is a very collectable year, was recently serviced by Classic Showcase, with good condition Jaguar European Headlights, and A/C system that blows cold. The car comes with an original Jaguar radio with AM/FM Cassette, and a 6 CD changer in the trunk. All engine and mechanical systems have been gone through and are in good working order. The car includes jack, spare tire, owners manual, and a top boot. This Jaguar would serve well as a daily driver or a great addition to your collection.

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 87850 mi
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  • 1994 Jaguar XJS 2+2 Convertible

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    This beautiful, unmolested, one-owner Jaguar XJS Convertible is in very good original condition and has been well maintained and garage kept throughout the course of it's life. The British Racing Green exterior over Barley leather seats creates an elegant color combination, with wood grain accents throughout further complimenting an already impressive example. The XJS has been recently serviced by Jaguar professionals at Classic Showcase, and includes a number of desirable options including power seats with driver memory, remote entry, a full size spare, cruise control, 2+2 seating, a power folding roof with a heated glass rear window, and central power locking. The XJS also includes a clean CarFax, illustrating no accidents or damage on the vehicle, and retains it's original window sticker, books and manuals. This XJS 2+2 would serve well as a fantastic daily driver that is perfect for a comfortable drive along your favorite road or highway, or simply as another great example to add to your existing Jaguar collection. We have seen a renewed interest in numerous XJ series models as of late, so don't miss this opportunity to acquire a stunning, low-mileage example!

    • Year: 1994
    • Mileage: 17163 mi
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  • Jaguar XJS Celebration Model

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    POA Supplied new in June 1995, with the scarcer manual gearbox option, this carefully owned XJS Celebration model has had three previous owners, and has been regularly serviced, with the Jaguar service record book confirming regular services the 60,000 mile service carried out at 53564 miles. Finished in sparkling sapphire blue with blue hood and oatmeal leather interior, this is the very last but one year for the classic XJS and by far the most refined and capable of the marque. This particular XJS is the highly sought after Celebration Edition, built to celebrate Jaguar’s 60th anniversary , features diamond turned wheels, Jaguar embossed seats, and distinctive wood steering wheel. This car is the true definition of a modern classic and has all of the features and style that separate a Jaguar from the rest. Please do not miss your chance to acquire an outstanding example of the most desirable and advanced XJS ever produced with the rare manual gearbox option. In excellent original condition In excellent original condition Jaguar Service history to 53564 miles at the 60,000 miles service. Next service due in 6000 miles

    • Year: 1995
    • Mileage: 64064 mi
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  • Jaguar XJS V12

    £16,495 £16,495

    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.

    • Year: 1991
    • Mileage: 40008 mi
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  • Jaguar XJS V12

    £16,995 £16,995

    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.

    • Year: 1991
    • Mileage: 34115 mi
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  • Jaguar XJS V12

    £9,995 £9,995

    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.

    • Year: 1989
    • Mileage: 61405 mi
    For sale
  • Jaguar XJS

    £29,500 £29,500

    1996 Jaguar XJS V12 6.0 Manufactured in September 1994 this Jaguar XJS V12 6.0 was first registered in 1996. This car is in excellent condition having 38000 miles from new with Full Service History.The car has been fitted with the twin headlight conversion but the original headlights come with the car. This stunning car comes with features including – original radio with a six stack CD in the boot, cruise control and air conditioning.

    • Year: 1996
    • Mileage: 38891 mi
    • Engine size: 6
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  • 1989 JAGUAR XJS 5.3 V12 CONVERTIBLE AUTO

    £24,995 £24,995

    1989 JAGUAR XJS V12 CONVERTIBLE AUTO Westminster Blue with Magnolia Hide In superb condition throughout. Magazine Featured. KWE Approved. 15'' Cross Spoke Alloys, Extensive Service History Private Number Plate is included. Classic Grand Tourer ready to be be enjopyed once again. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY HAVING ISSUES WITH OUR 'CONTACT PAGE'. PLEASE CONTACT US ON 01636 812700 OR VIA sales@sherwoodrestorations.co.uk

    • Year: 1989
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  • Jaguar XJS

    £34,995 £34,995

    The XJ-S followed the E type, featuring a larger area but better drag factor. In 1988 the convertible version provided an option that many owners had desired. The new design was another Norman Dewis tested and tested again project, reflected in the handling and performance of the Big Cat's V12, at a time when only top Italian marques ventured to market with V12s. This extremely low mileage automatic HE is a fabulous example. It has had a recent engine check and engine bay refresh, making it a pleasure to open to bonnet. It drives smoothly from start-up and the roof opens effortlessly ready to have the smart cover popped on for true open top touring. An exciting opportunity for a Big Cat lover to purchase such an example, complete with original manuals in the Jaguar wallet and a rather rare "Genesis of the Jaguar V12" brochure. An original tool roll and lots of previous MOTs are also included.

    • Year: 1989
    • Mileage: 14400 mi
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  • Jaguar XJ-S

    £13,495 £13,495

    Variant name:V12 ,Variant: 5.3 V12 Auto Very Good Condition 100% Original Full Leather Heated Seats Only 28,000 Miles Just 290 Pounds a Year R/Tax H-Reg Jaguar Racing Green, Full Oatmeal Leather Interior, Heated Seats, Air Conditioning, Electric Windows/Mirrors/Lumbar Support, Power Steering, Central Locking, Stereo, CD, AUX/USB Input, Centre Armrest, Headlamp Washers, Jaguar Alloys, Only 28,000 Miles, Costs Just £290 Per Year To Tax. Modern Day Appreciating Classic that can be used every day, recent reports show that Classic Cars are one of the leading investment classes, For total peace of mind and confidence, the vehicle is supplied with a RAC 82 Point Inspection, Fully Serviced, 1 Year’s MOT, 1 Year RAC Parts and Labour Warranty,1 Years RAC Roadside Assistance. Do not miss this chance to buy a rare car at a very reasonable price. The vehicle is freshly imported from Japan and is very competitive priced against UK models that will have suffered from the rust attracting climate. McCarthy Cars Are RAC Approved and Highly Recommended By Them, Have Complete Peace Of Mind With The McCarthy Cars and RAC Buysure Programme. All Our Vehicles Are HPI Checked and Every Vehicle is Subject To a Rigorous RAC Approved 82 Point Inspection. Our Vehicles Come With 1 Years MOT, Full Service, RAC Warranty and RAC Roadside Assistance. McCarthy Cars Is a Multi Award Winning Car Dealership and Most Loved Business in Croydon, Find Us On Facebook, You Tube and Twitter @mccarthycarsuk. McCarthy Cars, A Family Run Business Established Over 40 Years Ago, Open 7 Days a Week. CR0 3RG, 02086888086 / 07966248547 www.mccarthycars.co.uk sales@mccarthycars.co.uk

    • Year: 1990
    • Mileage: 28000 mi
    • Engine size: 5.3
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  • Jaguar XJS

    £13,995 £13,995

    *SIMILAR QUALITY CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. A remarkable final edition Jaguar XJS 4.0 Celebration with the same owner for 19 years. EQUIPMENT Front and rear crumple zones, frameless door glass, halogen headlamps, black front grille, wrap around bumpers, enamel bonnet badge, twin painted coachlines, figured sapwood veneer fascia, ‘secret till lit’ warning lamps, LCD trip computer, adjustable steering wheel, driver and passenger airbags, stainless steel treadplates, cruise control, wooden steering wheel, electrically adjustable front seats, electric windows, heated rear window with timer, courtesy light delay, kerb lamps, heated washer jets, electric heated door mirrors, air conditioning, boot lamp. Dealer options; Jaguar encrypted rolling code immobiliser. EXTERIOR Built to celebrate 60 years of sports car prowess, Jaguar announced two new Celebration models in the form of a 2+2 Coupe and Convertible. This stunning Coupe example is finished in original Sapphire Blue Metallic (Code JGE) which compliments the elegant sporting lines of this classic tourer. The paintwork boasts an incredible deep glossy shine and uniform finish that simply fascinates onlookers. The rear window still has the supplying dealer sticker and there is a tiny touched in mark on the rear bumper top. The beautiful quality chrome enhancements are bright with only a very faint marks to the front nearside corner section. The factory twin coachlines and enamel Jaguar Growler bonnet badge are still attached. A final incarnation of the captivating XJS marque exceptionally represented in this superb preserved example. INTERIOR A sumptuous and luxurious interior is simply beautiful trimmed in supple Oatmeal leather, (Code AGD) and the sports electric seats are every bit as comfortable and supportive as they look. The leather trim throughout including the door cards has aged remarkably well and is of excellent appearance. Hand-polished figured sapwood veneers and a hardwood gearknob complement the interior and the Celebration model specific wooden steering wheel and Jaguar Leaper embossed seats remain true to this special edition. The headlining is spotlessly clean and completely free from common sagging issues. There is minor wear to the driver foot well area but this has not holed. All the controls, switches and gauges function perfectly including the quartz clock and the factory fitted stereo. The carpeted boot area shows minimal use. True Jaguar indulgence. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The revised 4.0 litre AJ16 engine with twin overhead camshafts and a lightweight alloy cylinder head housing four valves per cylinder offers 238bhp and 382Nm of torque. Power and refinement is guaranteed with 0-60mph despatched in 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 147mph. Lifting the forward-hinged bonnet reveals an immaculately clean engine compartment with all warning stickers, identification plates and labels perfectly intact. The standard four-speed automatic transmission with switchable Normal and Sport modes is seamless. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES The factory fitted 7 x 16in Celebration Aerosport alloy wheels are in perfect order and instantly attract your gaze having been professional refurbished to correct diamond turned finish. Pirelli 225/55 R16 tyres have masses of tread remaining. The electronically controlled anti-lock braking system with YAW control grips relentlessly to all four discs offering safe, consistent and predictable stopping power. HISTORY FILE Registered by Jaguar Cars Ltd, Browns Lane, Coventry on the 1st November 1995 this vehicle has had just one further keeper, Mrs Jane Fuller. Purchased by her from Jaguar Main Dealers, Colliers of Sutton Coldfield on the 27th November 1996 and in her care ever since. Regular servicing throughout with 12 stamped entries, the last being on the 18th November 2015 with 102,177 miles at Nene Jag Specialists Ltd. Supplementary invoices have also been retained along with a full complement of handbooks including the radio guides and aftercare literature contained within the black Jaguar A5 leather folder. Two sets of keys with two alarm remotes still attached to a leather Jaguar Colliers fob are also present. A highly desirable final edition XJS and one for the discerning enthusiast. HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/9UYfucujdQ4 To see a complete set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHsko4oerD

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  • Jaguar XJS

    £16,295 £16,295

    **SIMILAR CLASSIC CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. A special order Jaguar XJS 4.0 Insignia with 37,294 miles, one of only 64 made. EQUIPMENT Front and rear crumple zones, frameless door glass, halogen headlamps, black front grille, wrap around bumpers, enamel bonnet badge, burr walnut veneer fascia, matchwood inlays, ‘secret till lit’ warning lamps, adjustable steering wheel, driver and passenger airbags, stainless steel treadplates, wooden steering wheel, electrically adjustable front seats, electric windows, kerb lamps, heated washer jets, electric heated door mirrors, air conditioning, boot lamp. Factory options; Full Special Vehicle Operations Insignia Package. EXTERIOR This incredibly rare special order XJS is one of only 64 cars prepared and hand finished by craftsmen at the Insignia Program at Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), with only 7 RHD XJS 4.0 cars made. The Insignia option was designed to allow buyers to stipulate unique paint options, wheels and higher grade leather trim. This stunning example was commissioned in striking Peppermint (code HFM/831), an exceptionally rare colour that accentuates the elegant XJS lines beautifully. Only close scrutiny will reveal imperfections, namely touched in chips to the driver’s door mirror and front nearside bumper corner. All further trim sections including the special side Jaguar embossed rubbing strips are in excellent order, and the chromework is beautifully preserved. A truly unique XJS worthy of the Pride and Joy Class Winner trophy at the 2015 Ickworth Eastern Day. INTERIOR A sumptuous and luxurious interior is simply beautiful trimmed in the special Insignia upgrade Magnolia (code AEM) semi analine leather, and the sports electric seats are every bit as comfortable and supportive as they look. The driver’s seat has previously been refurbished and minor wear to the out bolster is barely noticeable. Hand-polished figured burr walnut veneers and matchwood inlays are a further touch of class and remain factory perfect. The headlining is tight and clean and completely free from common sagging issues, and the sumptuous Wilton carpets have been protected from new by Jaguar tailored over mats. All the controls, switches and gauges function perfectly including the factory fitted Jaguar stereo unit. The carpeted boot area shows minimal use with tool case and original jack present. The ultimate luxury interior, prepared exclusively for the discerning XJS customer. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The trusted 4.0 litre AJ6 DOHC engine produces 238bhp and 282Nm of torque to offer power and refinement with 0-60mph despatched in 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 137mph. The standard four-speed automatic transmission with switchable Normal and Sport modes is seamless. The ultimate grand tourer with superlative XJS refinement guaranteed. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES The factory fitted unrestored five spoke 16in sports alloys wheel remain in near perfect condition and are shod in quality correct Pirelli P6000 tyres with excellent tread remaining. The electronically controlled anti-lock braking system with YAW control grips relentlessly to all four discs offering safe, consistent and dependable stopping power. HISTORY FILE Supplied new by Main Dealers Appleyard Jaguar Bradford on the 12th January 1994 with an list price of £39,319, the first owner Mr Peter Riley remarkably kept the car for over twenty years, with just two further keepers since. The extensive history file comprises of every MOT from new to fully document the incredibly low 37,294 miles covered, as well as the original service schedule displaying a host of main dealer and specialist stamps. The most recent service entry was in 2015 with only 1,000 miles covered since, and a comprehensive vehicle inspection commissioned by the previous owner prior to service is included. A large box file contains many supporting service and maintenance invoices as well as both leather wallets containing all handbooks, guides and point of sale material. A Jaguar heritage certificate obtained by the previous owner in 2015 upholds the cars authenticity and a cherished registration L**XJS is included with the sale. Completing the history file is a host of Insignia sales material and the September Jaguar World magazine feature where this actual car was reviewed. Undoubtedly one of the rarest and most intriguing XJS’ to be made and beautifully preserved as it deserves, one for the true enthusiast. HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please click on the link below: https://youtu.be/-77EWL2tzjE To see a complete set of photographs of this car please click on the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskpGQzdr 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

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