Ask any 80s Jaguar owner and they tell you that maintenance costs are somewhere between a Ferrari and a Fiat. Despite what the pundits might say, the reliability of Britain's greatest grand tourer from the 1980s isn't that bad and you can own/drive one without selling your kids on the black market if you start with a nice example. Find this 1988 Jaguar XJS V12 Coupe here on eBay currently bidding for $1,225 with 6 days to go, located in Wilton, CT. Seller submission from Peter.
You won't find the writers here at DT mindlessly promoting British cars like those nitwits on Top Gear, but I will say that we like a good looking 2+2 sports coupe. And the Jaguar XJS (1975-1996) is still as stunning in appearance as the day its Doug Thorpe designed shape hit the showrooms.
Under the hood is a 5.3 liter version of Jaguar's high
efficiency (HE) V12 that is rated at 262 horsepower and 290 ft-lbs of
torque for the US market. Performance isn't exactly breathtaking because of the porky 4000 lb curb weight, but freeway acceleration is superb and smooth.
The interior features supple leather, real wood, and a spindly shifter attached to an automatic gearbox. From the UK KWEcars website: Cars can be converted to 5 speed manual transmission
(clutch, gearbox, propeller shaft, differential, pedal box, console
modifications) – circa £8000 ($13,000!)
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