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, 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.
Finished in Sapphire Blue with cream leather upholstery, this is one of the last of the line ‘Celebration’ models, boasting such niceties as a limited slip differential, automatic transmission, air conditioning, cruise control and driver’s / passenger’s airbags. Stated to have covered some 82,000 miles from new, and with only one previous owner it sports all the external hallmarks of a ‘Celebration’ car namely special eleven-slot alloy wheels, chrome door mirrors and a subtle coach line. Capable of year round use, this smart limited edition XJS is offered for sale with MOT certificate, a UK V5 document a history file including books and manuals and an in-depth independent condition report. Interested parties should note the cherished number plate is included in the sale.