The XJ-S,designed by Malcolm Sayer and Sir William Lyons and launched in 1975, was Jaguar’s replacement for the iconic E-Type. With distinctive ‘flying buttresses’ and the E-Type’s legendary 5.3 litre V12 engine, now fuel-injected, it had impressive performance, reaching a top speed of 143 mph and accelerating from 0 to 60 in just 7.6 seconds.
The final generation ‘facelift’ model, now called the XJS, arrived in 1990, with few mechanical changes but substantial revisions to the external appearance including additional rust-proofing treatment for the bodyshell, a new grille, all-new rear lights, new rear window, and revised rear side windows. Inside, the instrument panel, centre console and steering wheel were also new, while extra veneer was added to the instrument cluster for a welcome touch of luxury. The 3.6 litre engine was replaced by a new 4.0-litre version of the AJ6, while the V12, with ‘power bulge’ on the bonnet, continued initially with the 5.3 litre HE engine with a fuel injection system from Magneti Marelli.
From 1988, a special XJR-S version of the V12 5.3-litre car was produced by JaguarSport, a separate company owned 50:50 by Jaguar and TWR. This car had a distinctive body kit, special alloy wheels and suspension and handling improvements. The first 100 of these cars were termed “Celebration Le Mans” to commemorate Jaguar’s 1988 win at Le Mans and only sold in the UK. Between 1988 and 1989 a total of 326 XJR-S cars were produced with the 5.3-litre engine. After September 1989 the change was made to a special 6.0-litre engine with a Zytek engine management system. This was different from the standard 6.0-litre engine used in the late XJS models.
The XJR-S stayed in the line until 1993; a total of 787 coupes and 50 convertible cars were built for the world market.
Bilstein dampers, Speedline wheels, Momo steering wheel, Cruise control, Heated power memory seats, Deep pile overmats, AC, Electric aerial, Radio Cassette, Electric Windows, Trip Computer.
The timeless XJ-S shape has been honed by the TWR team on the R-S, a sharp body kit and spoiler ensures an aerodynamic harmony that never fails to create an impact! The blue bodywork has been professionally detailed and the car appears to have spent most of its life as a fair weather machine, meaning it looks as fresh today as the day it left the factory. It has undoubtedly benefited from the additional rust-proofing treatment that was supplied with these later models – floor, sills, doors, boot and wheel arches are all free of rust, allowing this head-turning Sport special to be fully appreciated.
The chrome is in excellent condition and adds not only a touch of class but definition to both the side and rear profile.
The supple Magnolia leather on the seats and blue carpet in the footwells is unmarked, complimented by deep pile overmats. Solid burred walnut inserts in the dash and door panels retain their original lustre with the centre console housing an original Jaguar-branded radio/cassette as well as a trip computer. The quicker steering rack is complimented by a special Jaguar Sport wheel whilst some welcome comforts in the shape of heated power seats, AC and Cruise all feature.
The boot is also lined in pristine grey carpet, covering the spare wheel and toolkit.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The extra displacement over the 5.3 litre engine includes a Zytek engine management taken from Jaguar’s Group C division alongside a re-engineered crankshaft, pistons, rods and liners. Having enjoyed a stringent service routine the engine and drivetrain are in excellent health.
With almost 330bhp and 360lb/ft torque available the powerband is in keeping with Jag GT lineage, effortless, with plenty of power right the way through the rev range.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The unique Speedline alloy wheels have just returned from refurbishment and show impressively against the blue bodywork. Tyres show plenty of tread front and rear.
With recent front calipers and fresh from a fluid change the anti-lock braking system is a competent performer, bringing the car to a halt smoothly and efficiently.
Delivered in the summer of 1992 by Evans Halshaw Birmingham, the car would spend it’s first 3 years with Paramount of Chequers Road before finding a home with it’s first private owner in 1995. The car has stayed with the very same owner to the present day!
The original service book features 14 stamps and a multitude of invoicing supports the condition of the car – the most recent work involving an ignition system overhaul and coolant replacement.
Almost every MOT certificate is accounted for whilst the original sales invoice from 1995 is also in the file.
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