On the verge of achieving full 'classic' status, Jaguar's XJS will celebrate its thirty-first anniversary this year. Arguably the most complete grand tourer of its generation, its ride / handling balance remains impressive to this day. Fitted with nicely damped coil-sprung suspension, power-assisted rack and pinion steering and potent disc brakes, elements of its design were borrowed by both the XK8 and Aston Martin DB7. Though, sadly neither inherited its legendary 5343cc V12 engine. Rated at 295bhp and 320lbft of torque in its later guises, this superlative unit was mated to three-speed automatic transmission as standard. Said to be capable of 150mph and 0-60mph in less than eight seconds, for many the ultimate XJS variant remains the first series V12 Convertible.
Finished in metallic blue with saville grey leather upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in very good condition with regard to its engine, automatic gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, bodywork, paintwork and wheels / tyres. Reported to have covered just 46,808 miles from new, its impressive specification includes: lattice alloy wheels, original tool kit, electric front seats, heated glass rear windscreen, Jaguar factory stereo, power soft-top (complete with hood bag), air conditioning and cruise control. Boasting a notably clean engine bay, it certainly appears to have led a very sheltered life. Offered for sale with full service history and MOT certificate valid until February 2007, this exceptional XJS promises to be an enjoyable / faithful companion during the forthcoming summer months.