1990 Jaguar XJR-S

Wednesday 1st April 2020

Well, after more than a year at the bodyshop (don’t ask!), there is finally some progress on the XJR-S. There hasn’t been a rush on the project, but I’m very glad that things are finally starting to get done and the car is another step closer to being back on the road. If any car had a chance of supplanting J258 as my go to favourite, it might be this.

8th May 2018

Last month this 6.0 XJR-S arrived with us after I was fortunate enough to stumble across it after purchasing a yellow Porsche 928S. The Jaguar had been languishing and was running on 11 cylinders which is obviously not a good sign for a big and complex engine. The owner was very pleasant and very reasonable too, which is always nice. I viewed the car and we let it run for 5-10 minutes whilst chatting and it seemed happy enough to sit and run without overheating or any other issues. The deal was done and we collected the car from the Kent countryside and got it back to the workshop to investigate. My gamble paid off as the problem was caused by a duff spark plug. A running, driving and reasonable condition XJR-S for the price I got it for made me very happy.

There is some rust to deal with and so the car will be going off for a full repaint in the near future. For now, you can watch a video of the engine running below.

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