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.