Lot 281 - 1988 Jaguar XJR-S ‘Celebration Le Mans’ Number 46
|Odometer reading||63,800 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,520|
The Jaguar XJS was a luxury grand tourer produced from 1975 through to 1996 and replaced the E-Type. Although it never had quite the same sporting image, the XJS was a competent grand tourer and actually more aerodynamic than the E-Type. In total, 115,413 models were produced during a 21 year life span; the last of which came off the production line on 4th April 1996. The specification of the XJS compared well with both Italian cars; it was able to accelerate to 60mph in 7.6 seconds and had a top speed of 143mph. From 1988, a special XJR-S version of the V12 5.3-litre car was produced by JaguarSport, a separate company owned jointly by Jaguar and TWR. This car had a distinctive body kit, special alloy wheels and suspension together with a number of handling improvements. The first 100 of these cars were termed 'Celebration Le Mans' to commemorate Jaguar's 1988 win at Le Mans. Between 1988 and 1989 a total of 350 XJR-S cars were produced with the 5.3-litre engine.
This Jaguar XJR-S Le Mans that was first registered on 29th October 1998 and finished in Tungsten with magnolia, number 046 of a limited production of 100. It is a rare example and is showing just 63,800 miles. Equipped with the usual refinements expected from a Jaguar; electric seats, air conditioning, leather trim etc., this comes supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until October 2015. Also provided with recent service bills amounting to over £2,000 which would suggest the car is certainly road ready, original tool kit and Radio are present which leads us to believe the current vendor has certainly cared for the car very well.