Lot details Registration No: L592JOX Chassis No: SAJJNAED3EJ195334 Mot Expiry: Aug 2010
That Jaguar's XJ-S will become an increasingly sought after classic is beyond doubt. Launched in 1975, the excellence of its basic design was ably demonstrated by a twenty-one year production life. Based around a two-door monocoque bodyshell equipped with all-round independent suspension (double wishbone front, lower wishbone / radius arm rear), four-wheel disc brakes and power-assisted rack and pinion steering, some of its underpinnings even found their way into the later Aston Martin DB7 and Jaguar XK8. However, the XJ-S could only cheat time for so long and in 1991 parent company Ford thoroughly reworked the luxury grand tourer at a cost of £50 million. With its sheet metal incorporating some 40% new panels, the rejuvenated model range sported a revised grille, headlamps, taillights, bumpers and rear wings. While its cabin gained a new walnut trim fascia and improved sports seats. Powered by either a punchy straight-six (3980cc) or soporific V12 (5343cc) engine, the former DOHC unit was quoted as developing some 223bhp and 283lbft of torque. Featuring five-speed manual transmission as standard, the 4.0 litre XJS could also be had with a four-speed automatic gearbox. Reputedly capable of over 140mph in either case, it proved a refined and relaxing drive.
H&H are indebted to the vendor for the following description: "This superb Jaguar XJ-S 4.0 Automatic is finished in the best colour combination of British Racing Green with Magnolia leather upholstery. The coupe has had one registered keeper since 1997 and comes with a fresh MOT certificate and full service history; all Jaguar main dealer up to 113,000 miles (13 services) and a local garage up to 129,000 miles (current odometer reading is 133,000) with all invoices. It is fitted with all usual factory extras plus electric seats. The bodywork and interior are in excellent condition and mechanically the Jaguar is very good as one might expect given its service history. This is a car to be proud of".