Having done Jaguar's international sporting image no end of good by winning the 1984 European Touring Car Championship at the wheel of an XJ-S, Tom Walkinshaw was called upon to give the Coventry manufacturer's road cars a performance makeover. Walkinshaw's JaguarSport company was already producing body and suspension kits for the XJ-S and in 1988 the factory sanctioned an official model incorporating Walkinshaw's enhancements the XJR-S. Priced at £38,500, the latter was launched in August 1988, capitalising on Jaguar's second consecutive World Sports Car Championship and victory at Le Mans that year. Walkinskaw's modifications to the running gear were relatively modest yet the transformation of the XJ-S's road manners was marked.
The following year the XJ-S's 5.3-litre V12 engine was stretched to a full 6.0 litres, gaining close to a hundred horsepower in the process, while reworked suspension incorporating stiffer springs/anti-roll bars and Bilstein gas-filled struts formed part of the package also. A colour-matched body kit, prominent boot spoiler, 16" Speedline alloy wheels and a full leather interior further differentiated the XJR-S from its humbler brethren. A top speed of more than 160mph was claimed for the XJR-S, which at £45,500 in 1989 was by a considerable margin the most expensive Jaguar on offer.
The XJR-S was always a limited production model, with just 837 being made between 1989 and 1993 compared to more than 115,000 XJ-S cars in total. This early left-hand drive example is finished in Ice Blue with cream interior and has automatic transmission. The car has been owned by a Swiss collector for a number of years, residing in Basel, and currently displays a total of 82,000 kilometres (approximately 50,900 miles) on the odometer. In regular use and kept serviced, it benefits from a refurbished fuel injection system and is described as in generally very good condition, driving very well. Import duties will be paid by the vendor.