1991 – Jaguar XJR-S

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1991 – Jaguar XJR-S
French circulation permit Chassis n°SAJJSAES4BK177683 - XJ-S powered by TWR in its desirable V12 6L version - One of 390 examples with emblematic configuration - Well-preserved French car with a total of 100,500 kms - Service history, manuals, file and accessories Location: Lyon region Our car is a Jaguar XJR-S, the so-called "second series", i.e. equipped with the 318 hp 6-liter V12, Bilstein damping, special Dunlop tires, reinforced brakes and sporty steering. This mechanical equipment is naturally accompanied by the body kit specific to this version, including the spoiler, bumpers and rocker panels, as well as the characteristic Speedline aluminum wheels. The car is presented in its original "Brooklands Green" (HFB) configuration, with green piped "Magnolia" (AEM) leather interior and burr walnut wood trim. This is a rare French example, delivered new by the importer Franco Britannic Automobiles of Levallois-Perret on February 5, 1991, and put on the road the following February 28. Its history is clear: after being registered in the name of a Parisian company until 1998, it had only one owner before the current owner acquired it at auction in 2005, almost 19 years ago. Meticulously maintained, this XJR-S, which has just under 100,500 kms on the clock, is in an appreciable state of preservation. In fact, it has never been restored, even though the bodywork received a coat of paint many years ago. There is just one spot of corrosion at the bottom of the front left fender, which needs to be repaired, while the chrome and seals are in good condition, the wheels are flawless and the four tires are from 2021. Inside, while the front carpets would need replacing, the upholstery is in excellent condition and the woodwork looks good, even if that on the center console is a little cracked, while the headliner has been redone. Mechanically, this XJR-S performs well with regular use, as we found out during our test drive. The dynamic behavior of this sporty version of the venerable English car is clearly evident on board. The service history and invoices on file show that it has been constantly monitored and serviced. The car is accompanied by all its notebooks and manuals in their original magnolia-colored leather pouch, matching the upholstery and embossed with the Jaguar Sport logo, as well as its spare keys and jack in its original cover. In such a configuration, with such a history, in very good original condition in terms of presentation and operation, it's a particularly desirable XJR-S 6L that we're offering. All the more so as this is a truly rare car, with only 390 produced, and at the same time one of the most powerful and radical XJSs, all at a price that's still affordable. So take advantage of this exceptional opportunity. When it came out in 1975, the XJ-S had trouble erasing the memory of the Type-E it replaced. It suffered from the successive oil crises at the time of its launch, and its design, more bourgeois and less sporty than its predecessor, disconcerted many. Although the lines were sharp and in keeping with the spirit of the 1970s, the interior was more luxurious than ever and comfort on the road was imperial, the beginnings were difficult. John Egan, Jaguar's boss at the time, still believed in the XJ-S, however, and called on engineer Michael May, father of Porsche's fuel injection system, to improve its performance with a new, fuel-efficient powertrain worthy of its rank. In 1981, the noble 5.3-liter V12, with "Fire Ball" cylinder heads (high-turbulence combustion chambers), now developing an additional 10 hp (295), took its place under the hood of the XJ-S coupé, known as "HE" for High Efficiency. Two years later, in 1983, a 3.6-liter six-cylinder version was offered, along with a convertible version (XJ-SC) produced at Tickford, while the fully convertible variant, designed in collaboration with coachbuilder Karmann, would not arrive until 1988. In the same year, Jaguar Sport, the company born of Jaguar's association with the British racing team Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) and its success in racing, was created.
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