1986 Jaguar XJ-S HE Auto Sports Coupé Registration no. D684RJW Chassis no. SAJJNAEW3BC135171
Conceived as a comfortable and long-legged Grand Routier, rather than an out-and-out sports car like Jaguar's preceding E-Type, the XJ-S made use of the company's XJ6/XJ12 saloon platform and running gear. Shorter in the wheelbase than its saloon siblings, the XJ-S debuted at the 1976 Frankfurt Motor Show as a V12-powered coupé, with six-cylinder and soft-top versions following in the 1980s, the expected ban on open cars having failed to materialise. One of the most important developments in the evolution of the V12-powered XJ-S was the introduction of the HE (High Efficiency) engine in 1981. Incorporating a new design of cylinder head, this more fuel-efficient unit enabled the top-of-the-range XJ-S to meet tighter worldwide emissions legislation. The XJ-S would go on to become Jaguar's best-selling sports car ever, well in excess of 115,000 being made up to the time production ceased in April 1996. The XJ-S had competitive success too in touring car racing, notably with Tom Walkinshaw and his TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing) company in the early 1980s.
This XJ-S with V12 HE engine was manufactured on 12 November 1986 and is understood to have originally been owned by Jaguar Cars Ltd as a company car at their Browns Lane factory in Coventry. It features TWR body styling including front and rear bumpers, side skirts and rear spoiler, TWR leather sports steering wheel, and TWR two-tone paintwork of dark green over silver. Subsequently in long term ownership, the speedometer currently reads 43,070 miles with service history detailed in the original log book which shows that it was first serviced at Jaguar Cars Ltd with seven subsequent Jaguar service stamps up to 42,798 miles. Other documentation includes an MOT valid to February 2020 and a UK V5. Now described as being in nice tidy condition overall, including interior, boot and engine bay, this original XJ-S with interesting Jaguar history has excellent potential to be an attractive show car for the keen Jaguar enthusiast.