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Vehicle History

Overall condition: Very Good
Number of owners: 6
History: Comprehensive
MOT: 29th March 2023

By the mid-1990s, in a time where automotive technology was advancing apace, the Jaguar XJS was a glorious anachronism. A grand tourer and luxury coupé from a bygone era that may have oozed class but was woefully – yet charmingly – out of date.

Introduced in 1975 to a backdrop of glam rock, industrial action, flared pantaloons and British Leyland management, the British Leyland era XJS was a fascinating car that was never the E-Type replacement it was touted to be. But it was also extremely cool in its own right. By the 1990s, it was a car that sold on its looks and luxury, rather than its technological brilliance.

Yet in 1994, near the end of its life, the XJS was made more efficient than ever with the introduction of Jaguar’s AJ16 engine – a revised version of the AJ6 developed for the XJ saloon. It gave the XJS touring MPG in the high 20s, cruising mpg in the mid-30s and has gone on to be regarded as one of the most reliable Jaguar engines ever, making the late 4.0-litre one of the most desirable and sought-after XJS variants there is.

This one was acquired by its owner two years ago as he’d always fancied one and he wouldn’t be selling it were it not for the expanding ULEZ zone in London later this year. It comes with a comprehensive history and was restored by its previous owner in the early 2010s, going on to win the best modern classic award at a car show in 2017 – so it’s a quality job.

It comes with all of its original book packs and paperwork as well as invoices for more recent works, including a full major service in 2022, carried out less than 100 miles ago.


Resplendent in Regent Grey, the XJS is a handsome car that looks absolutely marvellous in its grey-on-grey colour scheme, with factory five-spoke alloy wheels and excellent Pirelli Cinturato tyres.

The paint finish is excellent, as is all of the chrome trim and brightwork, with just a handful of very minor glitches and a tiny bubble under the paint on one sill.

When it was restored it also had some bodywork and underbody welding carried out, which has been executed to a high standard and professionally rust-proofed.

Watch a video of the 1994 Jaguar XJS


Under the bonnet you’ll find a 4.0-litre Straight six with 240bhp – a smooth, quick and responsive unit that transmits its power to the rear wheels via a traditional ZF three-speed automatic transmission.

It shows a recorded 98,337 miles, which is backed up by a sheaf of service documents and old MOTs.

It starts on the button and settles to a smooth idle, with no untoward noises or signs of any leaks or problems. It has just had a major service and is said by the vendor to drive with no known faults or problems.


The interior of this car is absolutely stunning – Dove Grey leather with walnut veneer inserts, in lovely condition throughout and with no notable wear to the seat bolsters, good carpets and headlining and immaculate door cards.

It features a retro-styled Bluetooth/USB stereo and is extremely well-equipped, with electric windows and air conditioning. The carpeted luggage area is immaculate and features the original Jaguar tool kit and a full-size spare wheel.

Why bid?

Jaguar XJSs are in high demand at the moment and value-wise are going through a bit of a boom, as collectors are priced out of the E-Type market. This, then, is a rare opportunity to get your hands on a smart, well-sorted and thoroughly charming example that’s also as usable as an XJS gets, being the frugal yet reliable 4.0-litre model.

It’s in fine overall fettle and perfectly capable of everyday use, should you decide that’s its calling, or will be equally at home on the show circuit. It’s a great car, in lovely order throughout.

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