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1989 Jaguar XJS HE Coupe

Lot No.: 336

Registration: G600 PGU
Chassis Number: SAJJNAEW3BB161636
Engine Number: 8S068008SA
Number of cylinders: 12
CC: 5343
Year of Manufacture: 1989
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Buy now for (£): 13,800Contact us


  • Effectively one owner car (Company then transferred to Personal)
  • Full main agent history and only 52,000 miles
  • Put into dry storage by its owner in 2006 but remains in excellent condition
  • Lovely Cranberry Metallic paintwork, superb Magnolia leather, very tidy engine bay, smart wheels
  • Now recommissioned and ready for the road. MoT valid until October 2019
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. Codenamed '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 new model 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 right-hand drive, UK-supplied. 5.3-litre, automatic XJS Coupe is displaying an indicated mileage of 52,197, however, if our vendor claimed it was only 10% of that we would happily accept it. The car dates from 1989 and is finished in Cranberry Red Metallic with a Magnolia interior. Although technically it has had two former keepers, in reality, it was the owner's company car before he transferred it to himself for personal use. The car was put into dry storage in 2006 and has only recently been returned to the road. It has a full main agent history from new and the MoT is valid until October 2019. This is an absolutely stunning example in remarkably fresh condition and one glance at the photograph of the car's engine bay will tell you all you need to know about the level of care and attention it has received. Quality XJS' with low ownership have become very sought after in the last 12 months and we anticipate considerable interest in this immaculate example.