Beautiful example of the pre-facelift, HE-engined XJ-S coupe. Only 70k miles and in superb condition with MoT to 2022, recent extensive recommissioning and FJSH to 65k.
The XJ-S needs little introduction having been established for some time now as a surefire classic. Coming out of the shadow of the “successor to the E-type” – which it was never intended to be – the shape, engineering and overall demeanour of these cars should satisfy the most critical of owners. Frequently the most expensive model in Jaguar’s range, the 5,343cc V12 XJ-S was capable of 0-60mph in under seven seconds and boasted a top speed of over 150mph. All this came at a price in terms of fuel consumption in the original cars and this led to the development of the High Efficiency (HE) engine capable of 20mpg. In the final years before the facelift in 1991, very few coupes were in fact produced (under 4,000), making this a rare-ish model.
This particular example has been stored with us for a while and is now available for sale. As a pre-facelift version it retains the black side window trim finishers but with walnut facings (replacing elm from 1987 onwards) on the dash and console, all of which are in excellent condition. The metallic Bordeaux red paintwork is very good and the interior extremely smart. The magnolia leather piped in dark red is exceptionally good and there is only the faintest of wear apparent on the piping on the driver’s side. The cross-spoke alloys are in very good condition with Pirelli P600 tyres all round (incl. spare) and the car is fitted with an alarm. The engine purrs as a decent Jaguar V12 should.
It was originally supplied by the long established Bucks Jaguar dealers of Davenport Vernon in 1989. They serviced it until it was sold in 1991 by Sturgess Jaguar in Leicester – another firm with its roots in the 19th century and a long association with Jaguar, current still. They continued to care for the car right up until 2002 at 65k miles. From then onwards it was evidently in storage for the most part, emerging only for the annual MoT and a few hundred miles a year. In the seventeen years before the present owner acquired the car in April 2019 this XJ-S covered a mere 4k miles.
Shortly after he bought it, it was treated to an extensive programme of work including: full service and overhaul where required, ie replacement of all filters (incl. the hard to access fuel injection filter), fluids, spark plugs, cam cover and inlet manifold gaskets and injector seals, a/con renewal of pipes and seals and a regas, brakes dismantled and rebuilt with new pads, full replacement of all drive belts and servicing of the cruise control. Additionally, the nearside front wing, splash panel and front bumper were replaced as were the twin horns. The final bill for recommissioning was in excess of £4,000 at a well-known independent garage in Edinburgh experienced in classics. After this, the XJ-S was driven to Spain and back without incident.
The car has an MoT to February 2022. DVLA records show an annual sequence of MoT passes from 2006 to 2018 (expired in July 2019 while it was stored with us) and then it was freshly MoTed again earlier this year. Prior to 2006 it was on a private plate. It comes with full driver’s pack of handbook, service record, forecourt data card, etc.
Before recommissioning in 2019 at 68,966 miles, the service history of the car is:
|Pre-delivery||Davenport Vernon, MK||26 Oct 1989||13|
|First||ditto||29 Nov 1989||1,452|
|7500||ditto||20 April 1990||6,807|
|15000||ditto||16 Aug 1990||11,442|
|22500||Sturgess, Leicester||22 March 1991||19,217|
|30000||ditto||3 Sep 1991||27,003|
|37500||ditto||20 March 1992||32,456|
|45000||ditto||15 Oct 1992||40,229|
|52500||ditto||14 May 1993||46,401|
|60000||ditto||6 May 1997||53,590|
|67500||ditto||1 Dec 1997||58,050|
|75000||ditto||19 June 1998||59,522|
|82500||ditto||29 Dec 1998||60,600|
|90000||ditto||23 June 1999||61,535|
|97500||ditto||2 Feb 2000||62,693|
|105000||ditto||24 June 2002||64,847|