Conceived as a comfortable and long-legged Grand Routière, rather than an out-and-out sports car like the preceding E-Type, the XJ-S debuted at the 1976 Frankfurt Motor Show as a V12-powered coupé, with six-cylinder and soft-top versions following in the 1980s, the USA’s expected ban on open cars having failed to materialise. One of the most important developments in the evolution of the V12-powered XJ-S was the introduction of the HE (High Efficiency) engine in 1981. Incorporating a new design of cylinder head, this more fuel-efficient unit enabled the top-of-the-range XJ-S to meet tighter worldwide emissions legislation.
An automatic transmission model, this V12-engined XJ-S HE coupé has had a mere 5 owners from new. The current vendor has undertaken much recent work – the body was stripped to bare metal and resprayed in black metallic, the chassis was wax oiled and the car was mechanically overhauled. Having covered just 94,000 miles from new this must be one of the nicest examples of the V12 Coupe available on the market today.