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 1980’s, 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 XJS 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 XJS to meet tighter worldwide emissions legislation.
The wonderful XJS presented here has been with the current vendor from new and originally registered to his company in 1989. The car was used regularly until a new purchase led to it being put into temperature controlled storage in 1997 where it has remained for the intervening years relatively unused. Showing a current mileage of approximately 40,000 and offered with the original manuals and service history, this car is in a wonderfully original condition. Single ownership Jaguar XJS’ with this mileage are very rare to come by and would be a welcome addition to any collection or a fine first entry into classic car ownership.