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1995 Jaguar XJS Celebration Convertible

1995 Jaguar XJS Celebration Convertible

Jaguar launched the XJ-S in September of 1975, with the design process starting in the late 1960s. Their goal? To replace what was now an ageing, but still undeniably iconic E-Type. A difficult challenge, no doubt. The XJ-S faced early speedbumps, partly due to the tyre tracks it had to follow in, but mostly due to environmental obstacles. Launching a 5.3-litre V12 powered Grand-tourer in the wake of a fuel crisis presented limited sales opportunities for the brand.

Despite the initial hiccups the XJ-S and subsequent XJS remained in production until 1996, a 21 year production run. The hyphen in XJ-S was dropped in the early 1990s, part of Jaguar’s new owners Ford’s goals to simplify and improve the range. This XJS is a late model, supplied by Marshall of Kempston in August of 1995.

Externally little changed throughout XJS production with the core car vastly remaining the same. This example is a late convertible 2+2 that is finished in a deep shade of Jaguar “Sapphire” blue. The paintwork is in excellent condition, it still retains a deep lustre despite its age. The paintwork is complemented by an original set of polished 5-spoke alloy wheels, which are wrapped in matching tyres and a colour matched blue mohair roof, also in excellent condition.

Despite being a mid 1990s car, there is still a bundle of brightwork. The grille, headlamp surrounds, bumper finishers, door handles and mirrors to mention just a few areas. They’re all in great shape and help to compliment the Jaguar’s tasteful lines, modernised with updated light clusters but still retaining its original 70s charm.

Step inside, and it’s pure-Jaguar. Arm-chair style seats with integrated headrests are wrapped in a cream leather with matching piping, as is the armrest and the door cards. The top dash rail, A-pillars and carpets are in a slightly darker shade which add a welcome contrast that complements the wood finish that adorns the interior. Everything inside works as it should, all the switchgear, gauges and even the interior lights.

A quick glance at the cluster will reveal that the car has covered just 66,000 miles from new, a figure that is reinforced when you open the bonnet and reveal the big-cat’s 4.0-litre straight six heart. Whilst it’s not as dramatic as a V12, it’s far more reliable and produces plenty of power to create a silky-smooth driving experience. The engine is mated to an 4-speed automotive ZF gearbox, which changes smoothly and supports the cruising capability of this car.

The engine bay is clean and tidy and has no signs of previous damage or repair. The car’s extensive service records support this, not only is there a collection of invoices for standard maintenance at regular intervals, but the car retains its original handbooks and instruction manuals.

The XJS is often snubbed as a not quite as beautiful replacement for the E-Type, but they have aged with grace. They’re able to waft in and out of situations in a regal nature. The XJS is at home in the streets of Mayfair as it is in Monaco.

This example must be one of the best to own, a late one owner example with an impressive service record and low mileage finished in a tasteful colour combination. It could be yours ready in time for some summer cruises through the country. 

As with all our vehicles, a full digital folder is available on request containing more images, walk-around videos, and scans of the service history. The car can also be viewed by appointment at our West London showroom. 

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