1989 Jaguar XJS V12
Originally developed using the platform of the then current William
Heynes designed XJ saloon, the XJS was noted for its prominent rear
flying buttresses. The early styling was partially by Jaguar's
aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer - one of the first designers to apply
advanced aero principles to cars. Sayer died just before the XJS
body styling was frozen for production.
For consignment a V12 luxury sports coupe which will get you down
the road quickly, and growl at you all at the same time. This cool
cat is highly optioned, runs quietly, and presents beautifully. If
you like leather, burl veneer, and the sound and smoothness of a
V12 engine, then you should look into this Jag well into the now
The flying buttress B pillars are key to this car's design as is a
sleek body style with thin looks, yet a muscular stance which is
often seen on expensive European cars that are capable of high
speeds. Within this thin body style area straight panels and good
gaps as well as a set of dual headlamps upfront, bordered on the
bottom by an integrated chrome bumper with a black 5 MPH crash
bumper inserted. This holds true on the rear of the car too, and
the chrome is excellently preserved. Around the corner designed
tail/turn signal rear lights frame the rear panel, and trunk rear
deck. Snowflake style magnesium wheels are all around and are
wrapped in new all-season rubber.
Bathed in barley (tan) leather door panels and front buckets and
rear 2 plus 2 seat all present with no tears or major faults. A
mixture of burl veneer adds highlight to the door panels, accenting
to the mid console, and personality to the original dash where it
is very prevalent. The burl on the center console near the shift
lever has seen some damage, and some is peeled off and cracked. We
also see cruise control, power windows, and climate controls. Beige
carpet floods the floors, and a headliner which shows some sag is
being held up by the factory wood staves which run from door to
door and curve upward with the contour of the roof.
The original 5.4-liter V12 engine showing slight patina and some
corrosion, sits tightly and snugly under the hood. Lucas/Bosch fuel
injection feed the 12 cylinders, and a TH400 3-speed automatic
transmission is on back.
Underneath we can note some surface rust, but mostly structurally
sound metal on the unibody, and floor pans as well as the rockers.
Independent suspension is on all 4 corners, and power disc brakes
are also all around.
This car started right up, and we were off to the test track. On
our way we made note the fuel gauge read E and did not move, and
the radio turns on but reads CODE, which usually means the battery
was replaced and it went without power and needs reset. Overall
though it was an impressive car, with rail like handling, great
performance on the acceleration and handling front, and all in all
very comfortable and a responsive car to drive. Those V12 engines
just run soooo smoooothly I always am impressed with them.
Especially when they are totally in tune.
A great powerful cat with this V12 XJS, plenty of conveniences and
leather and burl. Flying buttress B pillars and thin body design
are sure hooks for the Jag aficionados, and this one in good
condition still has lots of life left to go outside, find the
nearest country road, and play! MEOW!
5-2 Door Coupe
4-Automatic, Left Hand Drive
C-Browns Lane, England Assy Plant
158843-Sequential Unit Number
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