1982 Jaguar XJS V12

Price: £ 39 995

Launched way back in 1975 to replace the ageing E-Type, the Jaguar XJS Coupe was largely designed by Jaguar’s legendary aerodynamicist, Malcolm Sayer.

Low, lithe and elegant, it slipped through the air far more efficiently than the E-Type and was a paragon of stability and silence at speed. Based on a shortened XJ saloon floor pan, it weighed over 100kg less than an XJ12 and in early manual form could sprint to 60 in 6.7 seconds and hit 153mph. In 1981 the XJS received the new HE (High Efficiency) engine with Michael May-designed Fireball heads which improved fuel economy by 20 per cent and upped the top speed to 155mph, making it the fastest automatic car in the world.

This one is a beautifully restored, “better than new”,  1982 Jaguar XJS. Acquired 15 years ago as a restoration project, it was stripped bare, completely rebuilt using original equipment manufacturer parts and repainted.

The total cost of the restoration was £70,000. The bill for the respray was £17,000.

A thorough photographic record of the strip and rebuild was kept (see here) , and this is available with the car. This shows the restoration to be a true ‘nut and bolt’ rebuild, resulting in a concours condition car which is probably the best available in the UK today.

The registration number on the car “12 XJS”,  is available through a separate negotiation.

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