1991 XJ-S Classic Collection


This 1991 Jaguar XJ-S convertible was acquired by the current owner from the original owner’s son and shows 48k miles. The car is finished in Signal Red (CFC) over Magnolia (AEM) and is powered by a 5.3-liter V12 paired with a three-speed automatic transmission. Equipment includes a black convertible top, basketweave wheels, cruise control, and power locks & windows.

Refurbished by an automotive engineer / Jaguar enthusiast with 40 years of repair experience. Repaired, replaced many of the systems that had either been neglected on the car or had suffered from age or lack of use. Summary list of work done to the car includes :

Oil & filter change, new air filters, new spark plugs, replaced fuel filter. Replaced both oil senders. New sump gasket.

All Brake pads and rotors replaced, new brake hoses, system flush

Intake manifold gaskets and cam cover gaskets replaced

All suspension bushings replaced front & rear, including IRS mounts, front subframe mount bushings, & anti-roll bar bushings

Cooling system flush, new thermostats, new hoses.

Power steering flush, rack seal replaced, new gaiters

Transmission filter & fluid replaced, rear mount bushing replaced

Replaced all drive belts.

Hood struts replaced

Front shocks replaced, new front wheels bearings, replaced ball joints & tie rod ends

IRS fulcrum bearings and rear wheel hub bearings replaced, all IRS seals replaced. Differential oil change

New engine fuel injection lines, injectors cleaned & serviced, injector connectors replaced.

Conversion to Euro E4/E1 headlamps, added HL relays

Repair, replace non working electrical components, lamps, motors. Refurbished Speedo & Tacho

Body/Paint : The car was repainted sometime in the 2000s. The paint has held up well and it is still very presentable, but there are several paint chips (which were touched up). The body itself is 100% solid and straight. Minor surface rust noted on the undercarriage.

Interior : The interior is in nice original shape. Headliner and carpets are good. Dash top is not cracked. Wood trim is complete and not cracked, but has faded to different degrees. The auto climate control system functions correctly..... all of the vacuum flaps and the multi speed fans work as they should. However, there is currently no pressure in the A/C system. Rather than saying "It probably just needs some gas", you should assume this will need some work to bring it back to life.

Mechanical : This is where I spent most of the effort on this car. The car starts easily, hot or cold. Idles and runs smoothly at all speeds. The transmission shifts very nicely and the car is responsive.

Driving : The car drives and handles very well as I have replaced what was needed to return the handling to original level. 

Opportunities for improvement :

A/C repair as mentioned above

Minor body dings as shown in the photo gallery

Hood insulation pad is worn

Grill mounted “V12” emblem is worn.

Tires are old, would recommend replacing them soon. They have plenty of tread and are round with no vibrations, but they are out of date range.

The driver seat is starting to wear in the usual places.

Summary : What has been done is all of the difficult, fiddly, tribal knowledge intensive things that can plague a V12 XJ-S, so you would have a very good base to continue to improve over time. You are not going to find any horrible surprises with this car. This is a very good condition daily driver, but is not a show car. You can drive it and enjoy it today and if inclined, spend time to bring it further up to show standard. The XJ-S is now finally getting the recognition it deserves as a true classic, and as a result, prices are rising. This is a great opportunity to get one that is well sorted and actually works. Offered for sale with a clean Arizona title, repair records and a recent CarFAX. 

Asking $14,000 OBO. Please contact Richard at ramiller32@me.com