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 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 3.6-litre AJ6 engine - enabled it to weather the storm. Autocar much appreciated the first all-new Jaguar six since 1948. 'It is the 24-valve engine's flexibility that impresses most. Such is its low-down pulling power that, in town and urban conditions, one rarely needs more than 2,000rpm to keep up with the traffic flow.' In manual transmission form the new 3.6-litre XJ-S was capable of reaching 137mph yet at a steady 56mph delivered 36 miles to the gallon, a massive improvement over the original 12-cylinder version. 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.
An automatic transmission model, this 3.6-litre XJ-S Coupé was supplied new via Meade Jaguar of Bolton and currently displays a total of only 19,447 miles on the odometer. Finished in Arctic Blue (pinstriped red) with brown carpets, beige leather upholstery and light tan wood trim, 'F516 DFR' comes with its original handbook, original service booklet and second purchase receipt. There is no Swansea V5 document with car, which is believed to have had only one previous owner. In storage for several years, the car will require re-commissioning before further use and thus is sold strictly as viewed.