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Lot 164: Jaguar XJS 5.3 V12 HE

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

The XJ-S (subsequently marketed for inscrutable Jaguar marketing department reasons as the XJS) was a luxury grand tourer produced from 1975 to 1996. It replaced the hugely successful E-Type (or XK-E in the US market) in September 1975 and was based on the XJ saloon with its legendary road qualities. It had been developed as the XK-F, though it was very different in character from its predecessor. It never had quite the same sporting image, the XJ-S was a more than competent grand tourer, and more aerodynamic than the E-Type.

The last XJS was produced on 4 April 1996, and by then 115,413 had been produced during a 21-year production life. In 1982, the new V12 XJ-S won first and second at the RAC Tourist Trophy race at Silverstone. Between 1983 and 1987 the 6-cylinder-engined cars were only available with a 5-speed manual transmission (Getrag 265), with a 4-speed automatic (ZF 4HP22) offered from 1987 onwards (along with improved fuel injection as used on the XJ40).

This very fine example has had only three owners from new, and is offered in traditional British Glacier White with full magnolia leather interior and contrasting burgundy piping; the vendor describes the bodywork and interior condition as excellent. This car was subject to a full condition assessment by Knowles Wilkins Engineering in 2008 and they reassuringly commented that it was the best XJS they had seen.

Lovingly cared for, the car now comes with a full and comprehensive service maintenance record by a combination of Jaguar main dealers, and Jaguar specialist KWE of Newbury, and also, unusually, retains its original leather bound sales folder from dealers Julians of Reading and its original XJS handbook.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number164
Estimate£3000-£5000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£4720
Year1989
Condition rating1
Registration numberG994 VJH
Mileage-
Chassis numberSAJJNAEW388159852
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2