Lot 340 - 1988 Jaguar XJR-S V12 Le Mans
|Odometer reading||2,401 miles|
|Estimate||£46,000 - £55,000|
|Result||Sold - £48,676|
- Totally original condition
- Only 2,401 miles from new
- Concours condition
- Number 54 out of 100 examples
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. The last XJS was produced on 4th April 1996 ending its 21 year production life. The specifications of the XJS compared well with Italian cars, brisk performance and luxury in abundance; it was able to accelerate to 60mph in 7.6 seconds and had a top speed of 143mph. From July 1981, the XJS received the new high-efficiency engine for much better economy; as a by-product, power was increased to 295bhp.The ‘JaguarSport’ model added extra leather trim, motifs to the foot plates, ‘Growler’ bonnet badge, JaguarSport alloy wheels and de-chroming. Each of the 100 cars produced were individually numbered.
This stunning Limited Edition XJR-S was originally registered on 26th October 1988 and is a bespoke model produced by JaguarSport and Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) Group to commemorate the marques triumph at Le Mans in 1988. Only 100 examples were built, this is number 54. Supplied to the first owner by TWR Jaguar Ltd in Leamington Spa, the first owner enjoyed the car sparingly for two years before putting the Jaguar into climate-controlled storage facilities. Some 25 years later, the car came out of storage and had a recommissioning service. This car is 100% original condition and is in time warp condition; museum quality would not be an understatement. This car featured in Jonathon Woods’ book ‘Jaguar; the Legend’. Finished in Tungsten with Cream Connolly leather interior, burr walnut adorns the dashboard. Sitting on a correct set of 15-inch JaguarSport alloy wheels, a new set of Pirelli 235/60 R15 tyres were fitted during the recommissioning and have covered just over 100 miles. Standard equipment on these luxurious grand tourers includes electric lumbar support and heated seats, air conditioning and cruise control; this example is fitted with the standard Jaguar radio system which is in full working order. Still sporting the original coachlines bearing the 1988 race winning XJR-9, this is a great indication of the paintwork being totally original.
It is supplied with a V5C registration document and the original handbooks, together with the spare keys. Given the age, mileage and original condition, this is almost certainly an unrepeatable opportunity to purchase a rare and well-preserved piece of Jaguar and TWR motoring history.
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