Wed, 18th Mar 2020 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 80

1982 Jaguar XJ-S 5.3 HE
Treated to c£13,500 worth of recommissioning

Sold for £11,250

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: XJF 980
Chassis No: SAJJNAEW3BC107466
MOT: April 2021

  • Current registered keeper since 1988 and 66,000 miles from new
  • Dry stored in France for over twenty years but since subject to approximately £13,500 worth of recommissioning work by marque specialist M&C Wilkinson
  • Said to be 'a very original car that drives extremely well'
  • Comes with handbooks, two keys and fresh MOT

Remarkably well preserved, ‘XJF 980’ was acquired by its current registered keeper during July 1988. Taken to France thereafter, the Jaguar spent over twenty years in dry storage before being repatriated and treated to approximately £13,500 worth of recommissioning works by marque specialist M&C Wilkinson. Warranted to have covered just 66,000 miles from new, the 2+2-seater is described by the vendor as ‘a very original car that drives extremely well’. Rating the 5.3 litre V12 engine, automatic transmission, electrical equipment, bodywork and Brown leather upholstery as ‘excellent’, he deems the Metallic Red paintwork to be ‘very good’. Offered for sale with handbooks, old MOT / tax disc, two keys and fresh MOT Certificate, this wonderful XJ-S is a true timewarp even down to its Dutton Forshaw of Preston dealer number plates.

A more relaxed and refined proposition than its E-Type predecessor, the XJ-S was a highly capable Grand Tourer. Introduced in July 1981, the so-called Series II variant was powered by a ‘High Efficiency’ (H.E.) version of Jaguar’s iconic 5.3 litre V12 engine which imbued it with better fuel economy, more power (299bhp/318lbft) and a higher top speed (152mph). While cosmetic changes encompassed the adoption of Starfish alloy wheels and burred elm wood veneers.


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