Jaguar XJS V12 6.0
- Mileage: 34,757
- Year: 1993
- MOT Expiry: 12 Months
- Exterior Colour: Regency Red Metallic
- Interior Colour: Doeskin Leather
- Top speed: 161
- 0-60mph: 6.8
- BHP: 302
- Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 5993cc
- Engine Configuration: V12
Design of the Jaguar XJS (codenamed XJ27) started around 1965, with the first production car being sold 10 years later in 1975. Although the public assumed the XJS was a successor to the hugely popular E-Type, it was in fact intended to be different. It would be comfortable and luxurious – less of a sports car and more of a sports tourer. This allowed it to use the same suspension layout as the recently introduced Jaguar XJ6. Externally the XJS was most noticeable for its “flying buttresses” that swept from the top of the rear roofline down to the rear of the wings. Some criticised this feature but it was actually a common design for sports cars of the period, as used by Maserati and Ferrari. The buttresses also gave the large XJS an excellent drag coefficient, better than the E-Type and allowing the XJS easily to attain over 150mph.
The XJS’s engine was a fuel-injected version of the E-Type’s 5.3-litre V12, still considered one of the finest engines in the world today. It was thirsty though, and so in 1981 the HE (High Efficiency) engine was introduced. With a modified cylinder head design and a better ignition system, fuel consumption was improved by over 20%. Transmission was the robust and smooth GM400 3-speed automatic. The V12 auto remained in production for all 21 years of the Jaguar XJS production history.
A substantially revised coupé body was introduced in May 1991 referred to as facelift or part-facelift. This had fully glassed rear side windows, much-revised rear lamps and boot, and a different grille, amongst many other minor changes. The bumpers were still rubber mouldings over metal beams, topped with chrome finishers.
As the years rolled on more demanding emissions regulations worldwide sapped the power of the V12 with the fitting of restrictive catalytic converters. Jaguar responded in 1993 by developing the V12 from 5.3 to 6 litres. Mated to an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic gearbox, the enlarged capacity hugely improved responsiveness. The body was further revised with full plastic bumper skirts front and rear, and the convertible gained two rear seats.
Regency Red Metallic, Doeskin Leather upholstery, 4-Speed automatic transmission with Sport mode, Cruise control, Front fog lights, Air conditioning, Electrically adjustable seats, Electric windows, Electrically adjustable door mirrors, Original Jaguar cassette radio, Digital clock, Driver’s airbag, Cigar lighter, Ashtrays, Carpet overmats, Spare wheel, Jack, Complete Jaguar toolkit.
The glistening Regency Red paintwork presents with a lovely claret hue; the depth of shine is quite simply stunning. The body-coloured bumpers of the 6-litre are a little sleeker than the rubber ones found on the 5.3 V12, and these ones are pleasingly free from any scuffs or damage. Furthermore the brightwork is pristine all round, retaining a perfect mirror shine even on close inspection. At the front end of the car you’ll find barely a stone chip, and at the rear the light clusters are without any damage or moisture. A common issue with these cars is that they can suffer from corrosion, however the body and underside of this example are entirely rust-free – a real treat for any British classic enthusiast.
The classic Doeskin Leather is surely the perfect complement to the exterior paintwork. The upholstery remains feeling supple to the touch with almost no wear to speak of. The front seats are electrically adjustable and operate exactly as they should; other creature comforts such as the air conditioning and cruise control also work well.
A really nice touch within the cabin is the excellent condition of the walnut trim. There is no cracking, sun damage, or lacquer peel to any of the inlays, all of which retain a glossy finish. All the switchgear feels solid to operate and the original Jaguar cassette radio is still fitted. The headlining is showing no signs of sagging and the carpets are unworn. In the boot you’ll find the full size spare wheel along with a jack, wheel brace, and complete toolkit with spare bulbs.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The engine bay of the XJS presents impeccably without appearing overly dressed. Its condition certainly reflects the low mileage of 34k miles, which is in turn fully verified by a comprehensive service history, as detailed below. The car has been freshly serviced at the current mileage for the new keeper’s peace of mind; this work was carried out by our trusted Jaguar specialist, XJ Engineering.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Wrapped in a matching set of Pirelli tyres, the original five-spoke alloys look great on the XJS. There is no curb marking to be found and all the centre badges are present with no damage to report. The Cinturato tyres offer excellent all-weather grip while ensuring the smooth ride one would expect from a Jaguar; they each have plenty of tread remaining.
This rare 6-litre XJS was first registered in November 1993. The car retains all its original books and the maintenance record boasts 18 service entries at the following mileages: 925, 1k, 2k, 3k, 4k, 5k, 5k, 7k, 8k, 8k, 12k, 15k, 19k, 23k, 28k, 31k, 34k, and most recently in August 2018 again at 34k miles.
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