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Roadrunner

Jaguar XJS 5.3 V12

Coming soon.  
PG

Do tell.
Nice Guy Eddie

Cab or FHC?

What year?
JohnC

My FIL used to have one of these. He still talks about it in glowing terms until he is reminded of all the things that went wrong and the amount it cost to run. But he still loved it!
Twelfth Monkey

Be a bit more interesting than my A5!
TreVoR

Wished my dad had never got rid of his convertible so looking forward to this.
Racing Teatray

An H-reg dove-grey 5.3 V12 convertible passed me, top-down, on Blackfriars Bridge Road this morning, youngish chap at the wheel. Looked effortlessly cool.

I have a friend who took two aged XJ-S coupes out to St Petersburg, but they were both 3.6s (one a manual). So not that unreliable.
TreVoR

My dad's was a '89 H reg in Regency with Magnolia and contrasting piping.

Identical to this, in fact:


Chris M Wanted a V-10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zEw19M7woE
Roadrunner

It is a 1988 5.3 coupe which my brother and I are hiring for the day on Friday. Hiring from The Great Escape classic car hire.
TreVoR

This is my dad's old car!!

£20k. Fuck me!

http://www.classicandsportscar.lt...tible/classic-cars-for-sale/24251
Roadrunner

TreVoR wrote:
This is my dad's old car!!

£20k. Fuck me!

http://www.classicandsportscar.lt...tible/classic-cars-for-sale/24251


An XJS convertible of that era has been on my wish list for a long time.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

TreVoR wrote:
This is my dad's old car!!

£20k. Fuck me!

http://www.classicandsportscar.lt...tible/classic-cars-for-sale/24251

One thing that puzzles me slightly about cars like this, is that the resale values appear to hold up well due to the low mileage. So if you buy one then use it regularly and add loads of miles, just how much damage is done to its future value?

EDIT: And if you thought £20k for an XJS was high, how about:
£40k !
http://www.classicandsportscar.lt...R5-PI/classic-cars-for-sale/24159
Bob Sacamano

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
TreVoR wrote:
This is my dad's old car!!

£20k. Fuck me!

http://www.classicandsportscar.lt...tible/classic-cars-for-sale/24251

One thing that puzzles me slightly about cars like this, is that the resale values appear to hold up well due to the low mileage. So if you buy one then use it regularly and add loads of miles, just how much damage is done to its future value?

EDIT: And if you thought £20k for an XJS was high, how about:
£40k !
http://www.classicandsportscar.lt...R5-PI/classic-cars-for-sale/24159


It's not a problem - cars of this age you just wind the clock back.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Another interesting one:
http://www.classicandsportscar.lt...allas/classic-cars-for-sale/23775
TreVoR

Bob Sacamano wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
TreVoR wrote:
This is my dad's old car!!

£20k. Fuck me!

http://www.classicandsportscar.lt...tible/classic-cars-for-sale/24251

One thing that puzzles me slightly about cars like this, is that the resale values appear to hold up well due to the low mileage. So if you buy one then use it regularly and add loads of miles, just how much damage is done to its future value?

EDIT: And if you thought £20k for an XJS was high, how about:
£40k !
http://www.classicandsportscar.lt...R5-PI/classic-cars-for-sale/24159


It's not a problem - cars of this age you just wind the clock back.


I'm sure we sold it with 43k on the clock back in 2005.  It was definitely '05 as we got rid to Rob the electrical engineer when my dad got his S80.  Maybe the speedo head broke again.  They are prone to doing that or sticking as I find it hard to believe it's only done 500 miles a year on average since.
Bob Sacamano

TreVoR wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
TreVoR wrote:
This is my dad's old car!!

£20k. Fuck me!

http://www.classicandsportscar.lt...tible/classic-cars-for-sale/24251

One thing that puzzles me slightly about cars like this, is that the resale values appear to hold up well due to the low mileage. So if you buy one then use it regularly and add loads of miles, just how much damage is done to its future value?

EDIT: And if you thought £20k for an XJS was high, how about:
£40k !
http://www.classicandsportscar.lt...R5-PI/classic-cars-for-sale/24159


It's not a problem - cars of this age you just wind the clock back.


I'm sure we sold it with 43k on the clock back in 2005.  It was definitely '05 as we got rid to Rob the electrical engineer when my dad got his S80.  Maybe the speedo head broke again.  They are prone to doing that or sticking as I find it hard to believe it's only done 500 miles a year on average since.


Exactly. I suspect the sellers aren't as truthful as they'd like you to believe.  It'll be a lovely car for 500 miles and then the bills will start.
Moto

TreVoR wrote:


£20k. Fuck me!



It'll take a bit more than that.
Frank Bullitt

Is it a big anniversary for the XJSas every single classic car mag has been running a buyers guide/ drive/ historical article for the past few months.

I quite like them, more so than the XK8, but I've never been in one let alone drive it. Isn't there a lack of footwell space on the V12? That would do my head in, I'd be tempted to look abroad for a LHD.
Boxer6

XJS is Herselfs dream car - so much so, that she calls any vagule sports-car shaped Jag that, up to and including the disintctly non-sporty looking XF!  
Racing Teatray

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Is it a big anniversary for the XJSas every single classic car mag has been running a buyers guide/ drive/ historical article for the past few months.

I quite like them, more so than the XK8, but I've never been in one let alone drive it. Isn't there a lack of footwell space on the V12? That would do my head in, I'd be tempted to look abroad for a LHD.


Yep, launched in 1975, so 40 years this year.
Martin

The weather still looks good for Friday, I hope it has Aircon  
PhilD

Bob Sacamano wrote:
TreVoR wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
TreVoR wrote:
This is my dad's old car!!

£20k. Fuck me!

http://www.classicandsportscar.lt...tible/classic-cars-for-sale/24251

One thing that puzzles me slightly about cars like this, is that the resale values appear to hold up well due to the low mileage. So if you buy one then use it regularly and add loads of miles, just how much damage is done to its future value?

EDIT: And if you thought £20k for an XJS was high, how about:
£40k !
http://www.classicandsportscar.lt...R5-PI/classic-cars-for-sale/24159


It's not a problem - cars of this age you just wind the clock back.


I'm sure we sold it with 43k on the clock back in 2005.  It was definitely '05 as we got rid to Rob the electrical engineer when my dad got his S80.  Maybe the speedo head broke again.  They are prone to doing that or sticking as I find it hard to believe it's only done 500 miles a year on average since.


Exactly. I suspect the sellers aren't as truthful as they'd like you to believe.  It'll be a lovely car for 500 miles and then the bills will start.


So maybe 500 miles per year is right; drive 500 then save up for a year to fix it, then drive 500 more, etc etc
TreVoR

Moto wrote:
TreVoR wrote:


£20k. Fuck me!



It'll take a bit more than that.


I thought you loved me!      
Big Blue

I loved the XJ-S due to its Return of the Saint association. However I saw one sitting atop a large puddle and the driver on the phone this afternoon on the Chelsea Embankment, which has been my overriding other associated thought of the XJ-S.

They do look fabulous though: so much better than the current crop of chavvy Jag sportscars (sorry: don't like the XK or the F-type at all).
Twelfth Monkey

I always picture Oz and James driving around France.
Martin

Big Blue wrote:
I loved the XJ-S due to its Return of the Saint association.


The Return of the Saint XJ-S was my first remote control car, as I loved it for the same reason as you at the time.   I'm interested to hear about it, but have no interest in driving or owning one now.
TreVoR

My dad's car never actually broke down.  Several things broke but it never failed to proceed.
Roadrunner

TreVoR wrote:
My dad's car never actually broke down.  Several things broke but it never failed to proceed.


Similar to my Dad's 3.2 Sovereign. Never once broke down in 122,000 miles.
PG

Racing Teatray wrote:
Yep, launched in 1975, so 40 years this year.


So it's been through the "awful years" and the "worth bugger all" years and now is starting to be appreciated as a true "GT" Jaaaag.
TreVoR

PG wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:
Yep, launched in 1975, so 40 years this year.


So it's been through the "awful years" and the "worth bugger all" years and now is starting to be appreciated as a true "GT" Jaaaag.


Ours was worth bugger all in 2005.  Sold it for £1500!    To be fair, it needed suspension;  bushes including the dreaded gearbox bush;  brakes;  petrol tank;  a whole new air conditioning system (converting from R12 to R134 and repairing); valve stem seals and the cruise control fixing.  It also needed bodywork to the usual areas around the sills and rear of the front arches.
Roadrunner

Seriously tempted to do something very silly:

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...lt&channel=cars&logcode=p
TreVoR

That seems very good for the money if genuine.
PR

This car - the final XJS ever built - has been in the car park this week.

Chris M Wanted a V-10

PR wrote:
This car - the final XJS ever built - has been in the car park this week.

Any particular reason why ?
PhilD

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
PR wrote:
This car - the final XJS ever built - has been in the car park this week.

Any particular reason why ?


Broken down
Frank Bullitt

PR wrote:
This car - the final XJS ever built - has been in the car park this week.



I hope the person who specified those wheels has since spent some time at her majesties pleasure...
TreVoR

I've never been a fan of the facelift cars.  It looks like someone was trying very hard to modernise something that was past modernising.  I appreciate that is exactly what it is.
Bob Sacamano

It's interesting how the XJS started as an ugly duckling, pretty much universally panned for its styling after the beautiful E-Type. I seem to remember the "flying buttresses" receiving particular disapproval. The removal of those for the long awaiting convertible seemed to mark the turning point and gradually it has become a bit of a classic.
Giant

TreVoR wrote:
I've never been a fan of the facelift cars.  It looks like someone was trying very hard to modernise something that was past modernising.  I appreciate that is exactly what it is.


Conversely, I think it was a highly successful fAcelift, making it a far tidier design. To me, prefacelift cars look like old cars, facelift ones look like classic ones, if that makes sense.
PhilD

Giant wrote:
TreVoR wrote:
I've never been a fan of the facelift cars.  It looks like someone was trying very hard to modernise something that was past modernising.  I appreciate that is exactly what it is.


Conversely, I think it was a highly successful fAcelift, making it a far tidier design. To me, prefacelift cars look like old cars, facelift ones look like classic ones, if that makes sense.


me too
Alf McQueef

I have always had a soft spot for the XFS, and ISTR that some of the later models like the XJR-S were quite well reviewed.

Bizarrely, as the houses were small, my neighbour in my first house had an XJ-S for most of the time I lived there, a 6-pot one. It always seemed to work...

Styling-wise I like buttresses - on these and on the Italian cars they are more common on, like Beta Montecarlos...
PG

Giant wrote:
Conversely, I think it was a highly successful facelift, making it a far tidier design.


I like the facelift cars too.
Big Blue

Alf McQueef wrote:


Styling-wise I like buttresses -


+1. XJS looks grander than an E-type
Racing Teatray

PhilD wrote:
Giant wrote:
TreVoR wrote:
I've never been a fan of the facelift cars.  It looks like someone was trying very hard to modernise something that was past modernising.  I appreciate that is exactly what it is.


Conversely, I think it was a highly successful fAcelift, making it a far tidier design. To me, prefacelift cars look like old cars, facelift ones look like classic ones, if that makes sense.


me too


Likewise. If I was going for an XJ-S, I'd want a facelift 6.0 V12 convertible with the colour-coded bumpers.
Big Blue

Racing Teatray wrote:


Likewise. If I was going for an XJ-S, I'd want a facelift 6.0 V12 convertible with the colour-coded bumpers.


Come on man, be more specific

PhilD

Big Blue wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:


Likewise. If I was going for an XJ-S, I'd want a facelift 6.0 V12 convertible with the colour-coded bumpers.


Come on man, be more specific



Dark green with tan leather?
Big Blue

Which chassis number?
Racing Teatray

PhilD wrote:
Big Blue wrote:
Racing Teatray wrote:


Likewise. If I was going for an XJ-S, I'd want a facelift 6.0 V12 convertible with the colour-coded bumpers.


Come on man, be more specific



Dark green with tan leather?


Of course, although the XJS shape wears many colours well so a blue or dark red would also be nice.

This Morocco Red is lovely:

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/class...aq&channel=cars&logcode=p
Roadsterstu

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
PR wrote:
This car - the final XJS ever built - has been in the car park this week.

Any particular reason why ?


Because life is too short! I suspect that V12 could be a very nice car in a masochistic way. Lovely.

When I did my last track day with the 260 there was a guy with a V12 XJS. Sadly it spent much of the day in the pit garage. I've seen two XJS convertibles in the last 3 days, one at the motorway services and one being pulled up onto the back of an AA recovery truck. They suddenly seem to be in demand.

Do it James!
Roadrunner

I shall write a full report later, but suffice to say the car was excellent, the V12 engine being utterly sublime. Clearly a car from another era, but in possession of a remarkable ability to cover a bumpy B-road journey at great speed,  with breathtaking composure.
scamper

PR wrote:
This car - the final XJS ever built - has been in the car park this week.



The Old Man had one of the last run out `celebration' models in 4.0l flavour. Very nice it was too.

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