1991 Jaguar XJS 4.0 Coupe
Over £14,000 spent in the last four years including partial repaint, new brakes, new tyres etc; excellent service history; personalised number plate; a lovely example of this fabulous GT
Launched back in 1975 as a replacement for the E-Type, the Jaguar XJS is one of those rare cars that actually got better as it evolved – all too often it is the first model that is the best while the later ones just get lardier and lumpier. The first major facelift came in 1991 when the Big Cat got larger rear windows, new rear wings, different lights and revised instruments. It also got the superb new 4-litre 24-valve AJ6 engine, a paragon of refinement and reliability that was virtually as quick as the old V12 but with far superior fuel economy (235bhp, 140mph and 26mpg). Reliability was superb and these AJ6 engines have been known to clock up huge mileages without drama. Build quality also improved markedly with a galvanized body shell that was far better protected from our salty winter roads. Dating from September 1991, this early facelift XJS 4.0 is a most impressive example that has had some £14,500 spent on it over the last four years, all detailed in bills on file. Highlights include: partial respray in Regency Red metallic; new brake discs all round; new front brake calipers; new handbrake pads and mechanism; differential reconditioned; new alternator; new windscreen; fuel system TerraCleaned; new headlining; new A/C pump compressor and overhaul of A/C system; wheels refurbished; new Pirelli P600 tyres; Sony DAB radio/CD plus various other items. The car has covered some 121,400 miles to date with an excellent service history comprising no fewer than 20 stamps in the book, the last only 300 miles ago in August 2019. Fitted with a Thatcham Category 1 alarm system and supplied with all its original handbooks, it has an MOT until December 2020 with no advisories and 13 old MOTs back to 1994. A really nice example all round, it started instantly and ran beautifully as we moved it around for these photos. The icing on the cake is the personalised number plate XJI 600 which stays with the car and is transferable.
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