Building a successor to the Jaguar E Type was never going to be easy, and it is perhaps better to think of the XJS as a new offering. A comfortable high speed tourer with a low stress V 12 engine, the XJS was a modern and more efficient ‘grand routier’ than the E Type.
Introduced in late 1975, the XJS replaced the aging E-Type and brought a new style and type of coupe to the Jaguar lineup. The last car of the William Lyons era, the XJS used the 5.3 liter V12 engine which had been offered in the last model of the E Type and the XJ12 saloon. Ultimately, the silky smooth torque of the engine would win over the detractors. 1982 saw the introduction of the ‘High Efficiency’ second series XJS. Along with a redesigned combustion chamber and new fuel injection the XJS-HE also received an updated exterior and new 5-spoke wheels. For the first 8 years of production, no open XJS was offered but this was changed in 1983 with the introduction of the XJ-SC. To simplify production and for safety concerns, the XJ-SC was not a full convertible, but had two removable roof sections and a Targa-style hoop behind the doors. In 1988, Jaguar introduced a full folding convertible XJS. The final iteration of this venerable British grand tourer was introduced in 1992, and renamed the XJS. Exterior changes were mostly focused on the rear of the car, but also were reflected in the construction process which now used fewer body panels but additional rust proofing. In 1994, the V12 was replaced with a new 6.0 liter V12, mated to a new 4 speed automatic. Body color bumpers were added and the convertible received back seats, making it a true 2+2. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jaguar, 1995 cars were known as the Celebration model and featured special wheels, Jaguar embossed seats and a wooden steering wheel.
Jaguar’s longest running model, the XJS remained in production for over 20 years. The longevity of the model matches its long-legged and low-revving V12 personality. This 1995 convertible model gives the classic look, cruising, performance in an open modern package.