Tuesday, January 20, 2015

20k: 5-Speed Bliss: 1988 Jaguar XJS V12

The Jaguar XJS is far too often stripped of its sonorous V12 and forced to make do with a Chevy 350 mated to the stock GM TH400 slushbox.  Unfortunately, it is often the cheapest way to continue keeping the big  Malcolm Sayer & Doug Thorpe designed luxury coupe on the road...but it is a shame when the 12-cylinder engine is retired.  What if there was a way to up the fun on the big coupe without resorting to the needless Chevification of the world's engine bays...maybe swap in a 5-speed manual gearbox?  Find this 1988 Jaguar XJS V12 here on eBay offered for $22,900 buy-it-now or make offer located in Southport, CT.
Owning an XJS requires a relationship with your local Jag mechanic.  Even if you are handy with DIY, you still need a constant supply of used-but-functioning switches for anything electrical that needs to have electron flow shut on/off.  When running right they are fantastically fun on the open road and you'll find yourself glancing behind for a glimpse of her curves as you hoof it in search for a pay phone or nearby repair shop. 
The gloriously complicated engine under the hood is a SOHC (per bank) 2-valve all-alloy 5.3 liter "HE" V12 rated at 262 horsepower and 290 ft-lbs of torque.  Wires, vacuum tubes, and fluid lines crisscross the engine bay like an ancient woven tapestry that modern science cannot recreate or understand.  The early XJS was available with a clutch pedal, but after the 1980 reboot, the only transmission was a 4-speed auto, but this car has had that issue solved.
Behold the wonder of a 5-speed manual inside of the Jaguar XJS. It will eliminate one source of electronic failure in the XJS and free you from the doldrums of autopilot driving. This might not have the fit and finish of a KWE produced XJS conversion...but, it also doesn't have the pricetag. 
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  1. Ewwwww! Motorized seatbelts! Someone needs to peel off another grand, find the parts and get rid of those things!

    Had the glasses ripped off my face by those things (never owned a car with them, but unfortunately had friends who did) enough, thanks.

  2. you'll find yourself glancing behind for a glimpse of her curves as you hoof it in search for a pay phone or nearby repair shop

    Great line. Love the writing.

    Is this car really worth anywhere near $20k?

  3. I love the New England seaside photoshoot location. Perfectly appropriate for this car IMO, because the huge flying buttresses, rounded rear deck, and blunt tail always make me think nautical thoughts when I see the rear 3/4 view of an XJS.

    And yes, Nautical Nonsense IS something I wish.

  4. This was on that other site a couple of weeks ago during one of the car's earlier eBay listings. eBay now says this listing has also ended - I wonder if it resulted in a sale this time, or if it simply expired? Love this car with the third pedal but I doubt it is changing hands for $22 large.


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