Conceived as a comfortable and long-legged Grande Routière rather than an out-and-out sports car like the preceding E-Type, the XJ-S made use of the Jaguar XJ6/XJ12 platform and running gear. Shorter in the wheelbase than its saloon siblings, the XJ-S debuted as a V12-powered coupé, with six-cylinder and soft-top versions following in the 1980s. The car's 150mph performance was not achieved without penalty however, its prodigious thirst causing sales to nosedive as oil prices soared. However, the arrival of the HE (High Efficiency) V12 in 1981 and the introduction of the smaller six - the XJ-S was the first model to receive Jaguar's new and much more economical 3.6-litre AJ6 engine - enabled it to weather the storm.
An automatic transmission model, this XJ-S is believed to have spent some time in a Bedfordshire museum and been owned by a member of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club for many years. The car is finished in Cranberry Red metallic with beige leather interior, and is equipped with chromed wire wheels and the US-specification twin headlamps. A total of 68,500 miles is currently displayed on the odometer. In September 2014, the Jaguar was offered for sale at Bonhams' Beaulieu Autojumble auction (Lot 301) and purchased there; never collected, it has remained in storage ever since. Running and driving, the car nevertheless will require re-commissioning before further use, and a new V5C document will have to be applied for. Sold strictly as viewed.