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1990 Jaguar XJS HE - 840 Miles

Lot No.: 505

Registration: G179 XAE
Chassis Number: SAJJNAEW3BB169911
Engine Number: 8S074880SB
CC: 5343
Year of Manufacture: 1990
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 35,000 - 40,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

 

  • A remarkable find and only 840 miles from new
  • Delivered by the Bristol Motor Company to its first owner on the 19th May 1990,
  • Our vendor is the Jaguar's second owner. In his private collection since 2015
  • Original books, manuals and service book are all present along with some previous MoTs.
  • One for the ‘true’ collector, this is an opportunity not to be missed

 


Conceived as a comfortable and long-legged Grand Tourer, rather than an out-and-out sports car like the preceding E-Type, the XJ-S made use of Jaguar's extensively developed XJ6/XJ12 saloon platform and running gear. Shorter in the wheelbase than its four-door 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 enabling the top-of-the-range XJ-S to meet tighter worldwide emissions legislation. The long-lived XJ-S would go on to become Jaguar's best-selling sports car ever, with well in excess of 115,000 finding homes by the time production ceased in April 1996.  

Delivered by the Bristol Motor Company to its first owner on the 19th May 1990, this Jaguar XJS HE Automatic is a rare find indeed. Unique is a word frequently misused, however, in this case, it seems appropriate, as we can't believe there can be too many 28-year-old XJS' in this condition having covered just 840 miles from new!  It's finished in Burgundy Metallic with a Cream leather interior piped in red and presents in the condition you would expect for the indicated mileage even retaining some of that distinctive new car smell.

The original books, manuals and service book are all present along with some previous MoTs. Our vendor is the Jaguar's second owner and the car has formed part of his private collection since 2015, however, the time has now come for a new owner to acquire this amazing, 800 miles from new, time-warp example. One for the ‘true’ collector, this is an opportunity not to be missed.