Lot 042: Jaguar XJS V12
The Jaguar XJ-S had a mountain to climb from the day it was launched it had to replace the impossibly glamorous E-Type which had so captured the public's imagination when it first appeared in 1961. Somehow the XJ-S failed to stir emotions in the same way when it first hit the road in April 1975. However, time has been kind to the car and it now looks more handsome with every passing year.
Largely designed by Jaguar's legendary aerodynamicist, Malcolm Sayer, it slipped through the air far more efficiently than the E-Type and was a paragon of stability and silence at speed. Based on a shortened XJ saloon floorpan, it weighed over 100kg less than an XJ12 and in early manual form could sprint to 60 in 6.7 seconds and top 153mph.
In 1981 the XJ-S received the new HE (High Efficiency) engine with Michael May-designed Fireball heads which improved fuel economy by 20 per cent and upped the top speed to 155mph, making it the fastest automatic car in the world.
Dating from 1991, this particular car has had just three owners from new and has covered only 50,800 miles in its 18-year life to date. The current vendor has owned it for the last six years as part of a small private collection of Jaguars during which time it has covered just 3,000 miles. Always kept garaged and used in fine weather only, it has been serviced annually and regularly valeted and waxoiled. Protected by an alarm immobilizer, it has recently been fitted with new shock absorbers, brake discs and calipers. With an MOT until October and taxed to November, it is said to drive beautifully and to be in fine condition throughout. Good examples of the XJS are now getting thin on the ground and values have begun to rise. This low mileage example looks excellent value at the guide price suggested today.
Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia|
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
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|Registration number||H929 JVS|
|Engine capacity (cc)||5343|
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