Based on a shortened XJ6 chassis, the XJ-S was the long awaited E-type replacement, that ended up missing the mark by several miles, even if it successfully continued in the spirit of the Series III. The new car was not a sporting drive in the way the earlier E-types were, but a more sedate Grand Tourer, with over-light power assisted steering. The XJ-S remained in production for over 20 years – the longest run of any Jaguar – and went on to become a financial success for the company, with the last car coming off the line in 1996.
Price at launch:
Independent, semi-trailing wishbones, coil spring
Independent, lower transverse links, twin coil springs/damper units
rack and pinion
Five-speed manual/Three-speed automatic