Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. SAJJNAEW3BA153369 Engine no. 85061045HA
'The Jaguar XJ-S HE is a car that can lay legitimate claim to full credentials as one of the world's very finest 2+2 Grand Touring automobiles. It has the requisite supple but controlled ride, the superb handling and braking, and the ability to instil that extra feeling of confidence and safety. It also has that wonderfully smooth flow of power and a slightly heavy feel to the whole machine that gradually lightens up as the speed increases. It is, without question, an excellent example of the breed.' Road & Track.
With E-Type sales falling and an outright ban on convertibles looming in its most important export market the USA Jaguar addressed the problem of defining its successor as the 1960s drew to a close. Code named 'XJ27', the car that would evolve into the XJ-S was styled by Malcolm Sayer, the man responsible for the E-Type, under the fatherly eye of Jaguar boss, Sir William Lyons. Conceived as a comfortable and long-legged Grand Routier, rather than an out-and-out sports car like the preceding E-Type, the XJ-S made use of the Jaguar 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 the time production ceased in April 1996.
This V12-engined XJ-S Coupé was first registered in the name of the lady vendor's husband's company before ownership passed to her in 1993. A manual transmission model finished in Bordeaux with cream leather interior, it is effectively a 'one-owner' car and is described as in generally excellent condition, having covered only 13,000-or-so miles from new. Accompanying documentation consists of the original purchase receipt and Swansea V5C. MoT'd and taxed, the car is currently registered on a personalised plate but will have been re-registered prior to sale.