The Jaguar XJ-S was first shown to the world in September 1975, and it’s fair to say it created quite a stir. Although it lacked the obvious beauty of the old E-type, there’s no denying it was bold. Perhaps one of the factors that enabled critics to dismiss the car, was that most of Jaguar’s big-hitters had left the scene.
Heynes, Sayer, Walter Hassan, and Jaguar’s founder and chief stylist Sir William Lyons had all gone by this time. It lasted 21 years, and after a shaky start, ended up being considered by aficionados as one of the finest Jaguars of them all.
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Replacing the legendary E-type was never going to be easy for Jaguar – and radical thinking was going to be needed. Ian Nicholls charts the development of the car that was given the uneasy task, the XJ-S. A brave new direction THEY say that history repeats itself, and Jaguar’s latest product launch had something of […]
Replacing the legendary E-type was never going to be easy for Jaguar – and radical thinking was going to be needed. Ian Nicholls charts the development of the prototypes which helped shape Jaguar’s brilliant 1970s GT, Projects XJ-21 and XJ-27. Initial thoughts: the XJ21 project Moving on: XJ27
A brief look at what might have been… FOLLOWING the introduction of the HE version of Jaguar’s V12 engine in the early 1980s, sales of the XJS were riding high, in relative terms at least. This led Jaguar management to wonder whether any extra potential could be wrung from a Daimler version of the car. […]
Keith Adams It’s not often we see a Lynx Eventer – the sublime shooting brake conversion of the Jaguar XJ-S – in the wild, especially on the auction circuit. So when we caught this car, which is coming up for sale at Artcurial’s Le Mans Classic sale in July, on the auction house’s lot list, […]
The Railton marque, first seen in Britain in the 1930s, was revived in 1989 with a pair of Towns-designed tourers based on the XJ-S convertible. THE new Railton Motor Company, based at Wixford in Warwickshire, was formed in 1989 with the aim of recapturing some of the glamour of the original Anglo-American coachbuilt Railtons, which […]
The handsome Lynx Eventer filled a gap in the market for a top-notch sporting estate, and examples could often be seen at the smarter sporting events. As with the XJS Spyder, many observers felt that the Eventer offered a significant improvement to the lines of the XJS. There was no argument that it offered far […]
Banham’s reworking of the XJ-S ranged from providing it with a more conventional roofline to completely rebodying the car… Banham appears to have ceased trading in 2004, although we have yet to find out the full details… To find out more, contact Kit Car magazine. Jaguar XJ-S fixed-head coupe FROM the day it was first […]
A couple of Banham conversions which closely mirrorred Jaguar’s own open-top offerings… Banham appears to have ceased trading in 2004, although we have yet to find out the full details… To find out more, contact Kit Car magazine. Jaguar XJS cabriolet Jaguar XJS convertible Information and images used with the kind permission of Paul Banham […]
The XJ-S Spyder lived up to Lynx’s reputation for top-quality craftsmanship, and a great deal of time and effort was put into ensuring that the hood did not upset the lines of car, whether raised or lowered. In fact, many would say that the car benefitted considerably from the conversion. The hood was made from […]
Cruelly overlooked by Jaguar aficionados, the XJ-S was probably the best Grand Tourer you could have for the money during the 1970s and ’80s. However, the time is coming for these magnificent cars, and Richard Bremner has made sure he’s in the pound seats for the renaissance by picking up the best example be could […]
Britain’s best real-world supercar had it all – V12 power and effortless poise. So why did the oil crisis come just when we didn’t need it? We drive Claire Smith’s wonderful XJ-S and find out just what it is that makes these cars so special… Supercar of the Seventies… THE XJ-S was launched in 1975, […]
THE GUARDIAN A spokesman for Jaguar cars at Coventry, said last night that 2,000 car assembly workers had been told not to report for duty today but to wait for a further announcement. The lay-off , he said, was due to a shortage of car brakes resulting from a strike over pay by 100 men […]