That Jaguar’s XJS will become a ‘bona fide’ 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 XJS 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, tail lights, 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.
This very well maintained example has clearly been loved and cherished for many of its 28 years, with just one owner for 25 years in total. During this time the Jaguar has been serviced 14 times, and has covered now c. 68,000 miles from new. All in all a very stylish well maintained modern GT car which would be a welcome addition to any collection.