With the last E-Type rolling off the production line in Coventry in 1975, Jaguar engineers were hard at work developing a new car. Finally, in September of that year, the new Jaguar XJS was presented to the world at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Receiving mixed reactions, its mechanical roots could be traced to the Series III E-type, with the silky smooth V12 and Jaguar's superior rear independent suspension. But crucially resemblance to the E-Type was gone which upset many enthusiasts.
With an eye to the American market whose stringent safety demands meant clunky plastic bumpers and improved A-pillar strength, the XJS could not, and would not, dare to emulate the E-Type. Even the name signalled a break from Jaguar's sports car past. It really was ‘good-bye' sports car, ‘hello' grand tourer.
Fast forward to 2014 and the XJS is at near cult status and only gets better looking with age. Growing enthusiasm for this much maligned car has meant that prices for this capable, good looking and luxurious grand tourer have risen, with many of the poorly maintained cars scrapped. At a fifth of the cost of the equivalent Aston Martin, the XJS cuts a raffish look through town and a silky waft down the motorway.
This superb example is presented in Red with cream leather piped in red with red carpets, the car has covered just 49,800 miles from new. It benefits from a full service history with 15 stamps in the original Jaguar booklet, plus a large file of service receipts and MoTs. The original owner's handbooks including the Jaguar cassette instruction tape for the stereo are also included in the history file. This XJS is in a very good condition, freshly serviced and ready to go. Don't miss the opportunity to own this fine example of an increasingly in demand GT car.