1989 Jaguar XJR-S 6.0


The XJR-S is the high performance variant of the Jaguar XJ-S, built by Jaguar Sport, and features a 6.0 litre V12 engine (enlarged from the 5.3 litre V12 fitted to the standard car), along with uprated suspension, a more aerodynamically efficient bodykit, and other cosmetic and performance upgrades. The engine upgrades gave an increased power output of 328hp and 365 lb ft, allowing for an increased top speed of 160mph. Not only does the XJR-S offer increased performance, but also a different character to a standard XJ-S, enhancing the car’s sporting and handling capabilities whilst not sacrificing the long legged grand touring nature that the car is known for.

This particular car was registered by Grange Jaguar Brentwood in November 1989 and supplied to ‘The PML Agency PLC’, an advertising company based in London. The car was then well utilised, reaching nearly 37,000 miles by June 1992, and nearly 50,000 miles by September 1993. During this period the car was serviced by Grange Motors, and continued up until March 1997, at which point the car had covered 76,145 miles. Since then, the car hasn’t even covered another 25,000 miles in the intervening 25 years, as the mileage sits just above 100,000 miles following recommissioning after a period of inactivity. In our opinion, the car would be well suited to a great deal more use.

Along with the original book pack including the service book, the car’s history file includes a great deal of old invoices, tracking the car’s usage, care, and a large amount of money spent with the main dealer and other garages. Though we haven’t totalled up the value of the work carried out in the car’s lifetime, we are certain it amounts to tens of thousands. During the car’s time with us it has received a full service including coolant and brake fluid, a new battery, new handbrake pads, various new bushes, a new drive belt and new tyres, which on their own cost more than £1,500.

The car’s condition presents well, with a few small cosmetic imperfections. There is some bubbling to the nearside rear wheel arch, some wear to the driver’s seat pad, and some of the stitching in the base of the rear seat has split. At some point in the past the car has received replacement rear shock absorbers, which are now Gaz semi-adjustable absorbers rather than Bilstein B6s, but this is often viewed as a common change, and preferred by some owners as it allows for more control over the set up of the rear of the car. The car is mechanically good, drives well and would certainly benefit from regular usage by a new owner.

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