1989 Jaguar XJ-S 3.6 Manual


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The Jaguar XJ-S is one of the finest GT cars of its time, offered initially with smooth V12 power and an automatic gearbox. Later, after the introduction of the H.E (High Efficiency) V12 engine, Jaguar decided to introduce an even more economical model, with a 3.6 litre, six-cylinder engine. This new engine could be combined with either a manual or automatic gearbox, and was also offered with new ‘SportsPack’ suspension, as Jaguar believed this new model would appeal to drivers looking for a sportier car. If you’ve driven both an automatic and a manual XJ-S, then you may well be aware of just how much that manual gearbox can change the character of the car, allowing the engine to rev more freely and fully, and helping to get the most out of the chassis and sportier suspension. The 3.6 litre XJ-S we are offering here is one of those manual cars, and is also suitably rare.

This car began its life living in Surrey, sold new in April 1989 by Swain & Jones (Jaguar) Ltd to a consultancy practice in Woking. The car was serviced by the supplying dealer twice in 1989, with the mileage standing at 4,307 in December of that year. After that, the car’s servicing was moved to a garage in Wraysbury, with the next service in October 1991 at. 15,970 miles. The car didn’t cover large mileage after that, reaching some 28,616 miles in May 1996. After that point there is a gap in the car’s history, though we can tell from the online MOT checker (going back to 2005), that the car had covered 53,062 miles in June 2006, so just around 25,000 miles in that missing decade. After that the car saw more mild use until it was taken off of the road at some point near the end of 2011 and placed in storage until July 2018. At this point the car was recommissioned and returned to the road, including removing the rear subframe to replace the rear brake callipers, replacing the front callipers, servicing the car and attending to other MOT related work. In September 2018 checks were carried out to investigate knocking from the front of the car, which then lead to new front shock absorbers and multiple bushes being replaced. In May 2019 a new fuel tank and sender were fitted, along with other work to the fuel system.

The car’s cosmetic condition is generally good, and is offered in a particularly pleasant and unusual colour combination. There is a small amount of corrosion near the rear windscreen, and some small door dinks on the passenger side. Elsewhere the paint and brightwork condition is good, and the car is a pleasure to look at. Inside, there is some wear to the driver’s seat bolster as is common on XJ-S, but the rest of the interior is in very good condition when compared with other cars.

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