Auction Spot #34

If you’re looking for a classic car that you can just stick in your garage and sit on for a few years and make a heap of money on then this is the car for you. If you know anything about the Jaguar XJS then you’ll have seen in recent times that they’ve lost their bad stigma and price have appreciated incredibly rapidly and don’t show any signs of slowing down. Continue reading “Auction Spot #34”

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Cool eBay Find #133

I really, really like the Jaguar XJS, and I really would love to have a drive of a Jaguar XJR-S, though after watching a ‘Harry’s Garage’ video yesterday apparently the Pre HE cars are the fastest of the bunch, so I’ll have to add that to the list too! Apparently this is chassis No. 1 of the XJR-S 6.0 model line and therefore will have a higher inherent value than the others, and it’s only covered 67k miles! The car runs and drives but needs an MOT (not a good sign). It also needs recommissioning and reprinting so there are extra costs there too, and I think the front seats could use a little TLC. It does have a lot of paperwork and full service history though so it has got that going for it. Doesn’t look bad for £13k does it?

Cool eBay Find #133

Internet Find #62

This may well be one of my favourite cars that I’ve ever found on the internet. I just cant help but think that this XJR-S is close to perfect. It is a special build model with unique features and is as near to new as you’re likely to find with one of these. This 6.0 car was first owned by Jaguar Cars Ltd from new, before being passed to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Collection in 1997. Continue reading “Internet Find #62”

Internet Find #48

So this isn’t the best colour scheme for a Jaguar XJS that you will find, the blue/grey paintwork is nice enough, but when matched with the grey interior it falls a bit flat to my eye. It needs a black interior or at least a cream one. Continue reading “Internet Find #48”

J258RFJ: My XJS

I thought I would write some blog posts about my own XJS and all about owning one (both the good and the bad). At the moment the car is sat up in our workshop with a mystery fuel leak that will require the fuel tank to come out and the oil leak is also still present after the rocker cover gasket was replaced. I’ve also decided to have the car serviced since it doesn’t appear a service has been completed on the car since last 2015. The car is up on a ramp but waiting behind a few, more pressing jobs so it could take a while before it is back on the road. I did manage to break the mounting for one of the chrome trim pieces on the boot but that is all sorted now.

With the bad stuff out of the way, I can say that I’ve been enjoying using the car more and more, even if driving one of the V12s the other day did make me want a little more power. When the fuel level isn’t dropping like a stone because of a fuel leak the car doesn’t do too badly on fuel, 16-18mpg can be achieved easily. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but it is the better part of 30 years old, heavy and with a big engine, so you couldn’t really expect much else. I also discovered that the ‘sport’ mode that I thought didn’t do anything actually does have an effect. It holds the gears until the needle goes right around the clock rather than stopping half way and helps to transform the car into a somewhat fast car. I spoke to an engine builder I know (before I bought the car) who told me that he used to supercharge 4.0 manual XJS when they were new and they produced as much as 420Nm, which is pretty impressive and I wish I could have a go in one. I wasn’t sure that I wanted an automatic car simply because I prefer a manual car and it adds to the driving experience in these especially, but I am actually enjoying the auto box in this one and is perfect for cruising around when you’re not really driving for driving’s sake. Hopefully the car will be back on the road soon and I can give you another update (before it probably develops another issue).

Cool eBay Find #110

The Jaguar XJS has long been regarded as a bit of a flop after being promised as a replacement to the e-type. Now however, people are starting to realise that these are actually good cars that drive and perform nicely. I own a 4.0 auto myself as a daily driver and enjoy it quite a lot, it’s comfortable, fairly fast and handles better than you would think too. I’ve also got a couple of 3.6 manual projects, only one of which I’ve driven. Continue reading “Cool eBay Find #110”