1996 Jaguar XJS Celebration 4.0 Coupe auto


  • One of the last Celebration models built with extensive KWE enhancements 
  • Vast history file with invoices exceeding £43,000
  • 14 service history stamps and MOT records to verify mileage
  • Equipped with the smooth and very reliable AJ16 Jaguar 4.0-litre engine 
  • Attractive Sapphire Blue over Oatmeal colour scheme
  • Long MOT to May 2024 with no advisories
  • Highly capable and very useable late model XJS ideal for car shows or continental trips  

The Appeal

Jaguar’s XJS experienced a tumultuous start in life that almost saw it canned before a series of clever redevelopments created a model that lived for 21 years and easily outsold the E-Type, the car that overshadowed its early life. 

This beautiful Sapphire Blue metallic XJS Celebration is one of the last built, a Celebration model with the excellent AJ16 4.0-litre motor and some rather useful - and expensive - upgrades by KWE, the renowned improver of all things XJS and XJ6. The vast history file covers over £43,000 of work while the hand-written record of work hints at fastidious owners. The XJS is the modern classic that is at home at a classic car show as cruising across the continent and this much-improved example looks very tempting.  

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered st May 1996
  • 439th from last XJS ever built
  • Huge history file including all old MOTs and invoices and record of work at KWE totalling £27,504.84
  • 14 service stamps, most recently at 119,764 miles, all by Jaguar main dealers or KWE
  • MOT to May 2024 with no advisories
  • Continuous annual MOT back to 2006 and the start of current DVLA online records
  • Original factory service books and manuals
  • KWE service file and certification documentation
  • Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Heritage Certificate verifying numbers and build date
  • 2 keys with working fobs

 The Interior

  • Oatmeal leather interior piped dark grey in very good condition for mileage, just some light wear on the driver's seat bolster
  • Rear seats in unmarked and virtually unused conditions
  • Extensive wood veneers in excellent condition and exclusive to final Celebration models
  • Electric front seats with heating, a rare option
  • Original headlining in very good condition with no sagging
  • Original factory tool kit including box 
  • Alpine DAB radio fitted with boot mounted CD multichanger

 The Exterior 

  • Attractive Sapphire Blue metallic paintwork with original hand-painted coachline confirmed by Jaguar Heritage Certificate 
  • 16inch 5-spoke alloy wheels in unmarked condition with Pirelli tyres
  • KWE Xenon headlamps with washers
  • KWE front and rear parking sensors
  • New windscreen fitted by KWE in around 2008
  • KWE cavity wax injected bodywork and Superguard paint treatment 
  • The bodywork is in very good condition, just some minor localised marks being visible in the photographs.  
  • Scratch on the passenger side B post inside the door shut 
  • An area of touched in paint on the rear edge of the nearside sill  
  • Nearside sill appears to have a slightly lighter colour paint finish along the top that may be a repair or an original factory finish
  • The car sits on factory correct ‘star burst’ five spoke 16" alloy wheels with Pirelli tyres

The Mechanics 

  • Renowned AJ16 4.0-litre straight six Jaguar engine
  • Cylinder head rebuild by KWE at 101,118 miles at cost of £3,333.60
  • Brand new gearbox and torque converter fitted at cost of £5,495 at same mileage
  • Full service history with 14 stamps, all by Jaguar main dealers or KWE, most recently at 119,764 miles
  • High level brake light conversion
  • New battery
  • Desirable and much-admired KWE SI suspension renewal and upgrade at 84,317 miles at cost of nearly £10,000 
  • KWE work totalling £27,504 and fully documented in history file
  • Routine servicing and maintenance invoices totalling £15,676.09


The XJS was one of Jaguar’s best selling and longest-lasting cars and, amongst considerable competition, one of its most distinctive too.  Smooth, comfortable and relaxing, it is the modern classic you can take on long road trip adventures.

This late model Celebration’s calling card is that huge history file and in particular the extensive KWE improvements.  Those features certainly give it an edge in the market.  It looks handsome in Sapphire Blue, has clearly been very well cared for and surely works as a daily driver or weekend indulgence. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1996
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model XJS Celebration 4.0 Coupe
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 119,772 Miles
  • Engine size 3980
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Glasgow
  • Location Scotland
  • Country United Kingdom

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