You are checking out a
beautiful 1989 Jaguar XJS which is an incredible driver. It is
coated in black paint and has a great look. The convertible
top raises and lowers with ease just as it did from the factory.
All of the trim, chrome, and emblems are in place and look amazing.
It rides on the original style wheels with fresh tires.
The 5.3 liter V12 starts
right up every time and powers this car down the road with ease.
The 3 speed automatic shifts smoothly and with zero issues.
The interior is finished out with beige leather with wood grain
inserts. The air conditioning system blows cold and makes
those hot summer days seem like nothing. All switches and
electrical are in place and work as they should.
This is a virtually
brand new car that runs, sounds, and drives like a dream. It
only has 7,048 original miles and is always stored inside.
The following is a brief
history of the Jaguar XJS from conceptcarz.com :
The Jaguar factory was
founded long before the Jaguar brand became first used in 1945. The
foundation of the firm was first set in 1922 by William Lyons and
William Walmsley in Blackpool, England. The name was originally
Swallow Coachbuilding, Co and got its start by constructing
motorcycles and sidecars. Eventually they moved on to building
bodies based on the Austin Seven chassis. The name of the company
was changed during the 1930's to SS car Ltd when their own
SS were being produced. Following World War II the name was dropped
and changed to Jaguar Cars Ltd. Jaguar took over British Daimler in
1960, and from that point on Jaguar utilized the name of Daimler for
its elegant and superior models. The Jaguar XJ was designed in
1968 and has continued on today, though it has evolved in many ways.
It was three years later in 1971 when a V12 engine was added to the
Jaguar E-Type. The only twelve-cylinder engine in the world at the
time, it was later also added in the Daimler Double Six and the
Jaguar XJ 12. Also available as a convertible, the XJS became
available during the mid-seventies. A luxury GT coupe from Jaguar,
the Jaguar XJ-S was the replacement to the legendary Jaguar E-Type
in September of 1975.
Based on the XJ saloon, it was developed as the XK-F though very
dissimilar from its predecessor. A competent grand tourer, it was
much more aerodynamic than the e-type. It was produced until April
4, 1996. The V12 version came with the choice of either automatic
transmission of manual, though the manual was eventually dropped.
Able to reach a top speed of 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, the XJ-S could
accelerate to 150 mph.
Winning the series' 1977 manufacturers' championship cup, the Group
44 racing teach designed a successful Trans Am race car that was
based on the XJ-S. Unfortunately, the vehicle was not launched on
the market at a good time as the economy was struggling through the
wake of the first fuel crisis. A vehicle never released into
production was the sporty show car based on XJ-S mechanicals by
Pinninfarina in 1979. Receiving a new High-Efficiency engine,
the 1981 XJ-S HE was now the fastest automatic-transmission car in
the world at 155 mph. A year later the V12 XJ-S achieved the first
and second at the Tourist Trophy race at Silverstone. A cabriolet
version debuted as a new 3.6-litre Jaguar AJ6 engine was added to
the line-up. In 1985 a V12 XJ-SC was released.
XJS driver Armin Hahne and John Hoss won the James Harie Bathurst
1000 motor race in Australia in 1985. To celebrate Jaguar's win at
Le Mans, a special XJR-S version on the V12 5.3 litre car was
released in 1988. The vehicle cae with a unique factory-fitted body
kit, alloy wheels and minor performance modificaions. At one point
Jaguar did consider producing a luxury Daimler version, but
unfortunately was never put into production. The British
company Lynx sold a high-quality four-seat full convertible
conversion throughout the entire life of XJ-S. Producing around 75
hand-built two-door estate/shooting brake/station wagon versions of
the XJS, Lynx marketed these models under the 'Lynx Eventer'. This
model was a success due to the removal of the ‘flying butresses'
which were so unpopular with the XJ-S models. Though Jaguar was
encouraged to market their own version of this vehicle, they never
did. Re-engineered in 1991 with a substantial face-life, the vehicle
was renamed the XJS. The new vehicles incorporated body styling
updates, the adoption of the AJ6 4.0 litre engine rather than the
3.6 litre version and a totally redesigned interior. Aiming for a
smoother and more contemporary look, nearly 40% of the vehicles body
panels were changed including the rear wings, sills, doors and boot.
The 4.0 litre Convertible in the XJS line was introduced the
following year and featured a driver's side airbag. This new
facility made Jaguar the first UK company that offered this. The car
now had larger rear windows, the main detail that did not change was
the flying buttresses which the designer Geoff Lawson argued were
‘part of the car's character'. The V12 was increased to 6
litres in 1993, and the vehicle received a new 4-litre version of
the AJ6. Two years later several revisions were made to the 4-litre
AJ6 engine. The substantial revisions were meant to highlight the
major differences between the AJ16 abd the original AJ6. Now the
vehicle was fitted with new rear brakes and fitted with outboard
rear disc brakes. The introduction on XK8, production of the XJS
came to an end in 1996.
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