Classifieds Hero: Jaguar XJS Celebration

Fancy a last of the line, cream of the crop Jaguar XJS Celebration? There are two currently for sale in the AutoClassics Classifieds

Slipping behind the wheel of Jaguar’s E-type successor is more of an art form than a driving experience. With that never-ending bonnet stretching out towards the horizon and a relaxed sense of pace unlike any Jaguar before or since, the XJ-S sets the dictionary definition of a Grand Tourer.

To get the blood pumping on a wave of appreciation and awe you’ve simply got to blip the throttle on the straight-six or V12 engine. The powerplant may slurp fuel like Richard Harris gatecrashing Oliver Reed's stag party, but an adrenaline shot like this should really cost much, much more.

Put your foot down and the automatic gearbox channels all the ponies in a manner so refined that your passenger wouldn’t spill a drop of their cocktail, even when broadsiding into a gravel car park on a V12 howl.

Any good XJ-S ticks all the boxes with aplomb; ride comfort is silky smooth, handling is receptive with detailed feedback and the air of serenity even in the tightest traffic or nastiest of situations makes for chilled travel of the finest degree.

While once slandered by the Jaguar faithful and ignored by those influencing the classic car scene, the XJ-S has aged well – it looks better today than it ever has. Those lozenge-shaped headlights and controversial buttresses have come of age, with purists and collectors now pouring over every good XJ-S they can find. Prices are on a steep upward trajectory, too. No longer can you bag an XJ-S with MoT for less than a night at the pub – you’ll need in excess of £5000 now to obtain a driveable example.

Discourse from frustrated adrenaline-seekers lampooning the XJ-S as a cramped, thirsty relic from the build-quality terror of the British Leyland production line miss the point of the vehicle altogether. Tender in all the right places with styling and grace that puts garish, modern blunderbusses to shame, the Jaguar XJ-S entrances with its succulent lines and tanks along with enough grunt to keep contemporary whippersnappers suppressed.

Buying one now secures you a prime slice of British beef – a portion of affordable Jaguar heritage before prices escalate out of reach. After all, who doesn’t want a V12-powered Jaguar? Good enough for Princess Diana, Simon Templar, Joanna Lumley and Frank Sinatra – therefore good enough for us.

From the Classifieds

As the launch of the succeeding XK8 ramped up to fever pitch, the final specifications were made to the run-out models celebrating 21 years of XJS (the name lost the hyphen with a previous facelift). Celebration cars featured diamond-turned wheels, Jaguar embossed seats and a retro wooden steering wheel. And this is what we have up for rehoming in the classifieds – one dealer has two identical Jags, but with different mileages.

With 115,413 XJS models rolling off the production line, these two convertibles are within the last handful crafted before production wrapped up for good. Specified to the hilt with every conceivable option, donning unblemished Turquoise paint with contrasting Ivory leather, one example sports a lowly 61,000 miles on the odometer. The other has covered a grand total of 78,000 miles – barely run in! Both are in outstanding condition, but they won’t hang around long.

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