The Auburn Auction

Lot 69
1983 Jaguar XJ-S

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1983 Jaguar XJ-S


• 31,113-mile car
• Nice preservation
• Jaguar V-12 power
• Recently serviced

326 cid V-12 engine rated at 273 HP, three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with double wishbones coil springs and anti-roll bar, rear coil springs with anti-roll bar, four-wheel disc brakes; wheelbase: 101.9”

Jaguar has never been a stranger to the Grand Touring concept. Certainly, their E-Type was the car that introduced the concept of both speed and luxury to the entire world. In 1975, Jaguar upped the game once again with the introduction of the XJ-S. This was a Grand Touring car that set a new world standard for class and luxury. Powered by a V-12 engine, it also offered an excellent ride and it came at a price that was aimed at society’s elite. Indeed, it was Jaguar’s most expensive production car ever offered, but it was a car that very few others could match. Jaguar built the XJ-S in three series and the last Series III were built when the company was taken over by Ford. Ford chose to drop the hyphen from the name, and it became known simply as the XJS. The last one was built in 1996 making the XJ-S the longest running model ever produced by Jaguar.

Offered here is a Series II with an interesting story. This 1983 Jaguar XJ-S was taken off the road and stored for two decades resulting in a total of just 31,113 miles driven. This XJ-S is a time capsule that could likely be one of the most original examples in existence. This one is also a one-owner car has been nicely preserved and is now being offered publicly for the first time. Finished in Jaguar’s Sable Black, the sleek and smooth lines of the XJ-S were the work of Jaguar's pioneering aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer, who was one of the first designers in the industry to apply advanced aerodynamic principles to the design of a motorcar. The paint on this XJ-S is believed to be original to the car and still presents very well. Riding on a 101.9-inch wheelbase, the XJ-S carries the modern look of a Grand Touring car in fine fashion. As one would expect, the interior is a true “driver’s environment” with rich red leather and a wood dashboard. The interior is also completely original to the car and carries nice patina while still managing to look tidy and fresh. Jaguar script floor mats are with the car and it also retains its factory radio and sound system. As a Grand Touring car, the design emphasis was up front but rear seat passengers were not overlooked, as seating for two in the rear also featured fine leather and bolstered upholstery. The dashboard layout is most impressive with an array of gauges and controls, all ergonomically designed with the driver in mind. Power for this XJ-S comes from its 326 cubic-inch V-12 rated at 273 horsepower mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. The engine compartment is factory stock with all correct hoses and wiring and presents in very clean condition. This XJ-S rides on its correct factory alloy rims with blackwall tires. Also included in this sale are the factory tools, spare tire with cover, and documentation including the owner’s handbook, electrical data chart, service record manual, and several other dealer handbooks. This Jaguar was recently cleaned, detailed, and serviced with a new battery installed and is now ready for the open road.

The XJ-S was the last of its kind. Total comfort in a car powered by a V-12 engine was a combination that was rarely seen in the motorcar industry. As Jaguar’s longest running production model, it came to define an era where true luxury was available in a performance-based car. With its classic black exterior and red leather interior, this XJ-S is a car that commands attention wherever it goes and, with its low mileage, is certainly a car that begs to be driven and maintained as a preservation timepiece.

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