Highlights

  • Rare five-speed manual gearbox
  • Original and beautifully presented throughout
  • In previous ownership since January 1988 - part of a large collection and used sparingly
  • MOT valid until 15th April 2025

The Appeal


You have to admire Jaguar’s courage. When it came time to replace the immensely successful E-Type, they didn’t try to play it safe. Launched in 1975, the XJ-S looked as different to anything else on the road as the E-Type had in 1961. 
Unlike its predecessor, the XJ-S was a purpose-built GT, designed to be luxurious, comfortable and easy to drive. Most therefore had automatic gearboxes, making this 1985 example rather unusual with its five-speed Getrag manual. The vendor, (who has driven many XJ-S), believes this 3.6-litre manual car to have the sporting edge its automatic siblings lacked. Moreover, this car is in superb condition, highly original throughout and benefitting from a great deal of work over the years. 
It was previously part of a large collection since 1988 and so has been enjoyed sparingly, stored carefully and maintained judiciously. The MOT runs until April 2025, so this lovely Jaguar is ready to use.

The History and Paperwork

  • Soon to qualify for road tax, MOT and ULEZ exemption
  • Original book pack present and in good condition
  • 60,314 miles indicated understood to be accurate based upon the history file
  • Recommissioned and in regular use so the mileage will increase
  • MOT valid until 15th April 2025
  • Original service book present and containing numerous stamps
  • We’re informed that the main dealer and specialist service history is well-documented throughout the car’s life
  • Several invoices for parts, servicing and repair work
  • V5C present
  • Collection of old MOT certificates
  • Three former registered keepers indicated on the V5C - although the vendor advises there has been only one previous keeper (registered to a company) 


The Condition

  • In fantastic condition throughout and commendably well-preserved
  • The opalescent paint looks incredible and the vendor confirms that it is free from notable imperfections following an £8,000 refresh in 2007
  • Distinctive vinyl coach lines in very good order
  • Straight, solid bodywork with neat door gaps and panel alignment
  • All four OEM alloy wheels present beautifully
  • The brightwork presents nicely for its age, as do the various plastic trims
  • Original tool kit present and in good order
  • Exceedingly smart interior with minimal signs of wear
  • The leather upholstery appears to remain supple and in lovely condition
  • Only light wear to the front seats while the rears look superb
  • Stunning woodwork in fantastic order
  • Little in the way of wear to the door cards and headlining
  • Overmats protect the original carpets
  • Lifting the carpets, the vendor demonstrates that the floor pans are in sound order
  • The controls, ‘tumbler’ dials and switchgear present very well indeed
  • Operational air conditioning
  • Period-correct radio cassette player fitted
  • We’re informed that all the cabin electrics work
  • Ash trays and cigarette lighter reportedly unused
  • Well-presented luggage compartment



The Mechanics 

  • 3.6-litre fuel-injected straight-six
  • Five-speed Getrag manual gearbox
  • The vendor reports that it drives beautifully
  • We’re informed that its engine is responsive in all gears
  • No untoward noises or apparent faults to report



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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1985
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model XJS
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 60,314 Miles
  • Engine size 3200
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Holt
  • Location Norfolk
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
7 bids from 4 bidders
  • a23443 £6,600 19/06/24
  • ranger.•••• £6,500 19/06/24
  • a23443 £6,000 14/06/24
  • spyder1 £5,000 14/06/24
  • a23443 £4,000 13/06/24
  • Redadmi•••• £3,000 13/06/24
  • a23443 £1,000 13/06/24
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