SPOTTED: TWR JAGUAR XJ-S V12
It's got a V12! And two-tone paint! What's not to like?
This one, however, is not your usual XJ-S. When this one emerged from the factory, it went straight back into another workshop – that of TWR, the company whose credits include taking V12-powered XJ-Ss to European Touring Car Championship and Bathurst 1000 victories in 1984 and 1985 respectively. TWR ran a programme which honed and fettled standard XJ-Ss, fitting stiffer springs, gas-filled dampers, four-pot callipers, a free-flowing exhaust system, a GRP bodykit (designed in the wind tunnel) and 18-inch Speedline alloy wheels. It was such a success that Jaguar eventually formed a joint venture with the company, JaguarSport, and made the TWR XJ-S an official model – the XJR-S.
It's is priced at £7,995, and while that might seem like rather a lot of cash for an old Jag from the era that reliability forgot, XJ-Ss aren’t cheap things anyway, so for a relatively special one with few miles, that figure is actually pretty reasonable. And resplendent in two-tone Moorland over Alpine Green, with what look to be colour-coded alloys, it’s just about as kitsch as you can get. We want it, quite deeply.
JAGUAR XJ-S V12 TWR
(figures for standard XJS V12)
Engine: 5,345cc V12
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Power (hp): 295
Torque (lb ft): 320
MPG: 22.5 (combined)
First registered: 1988
Recorded mileage: 45,150
Price new: £29,900 (plus TWR upgrades)
Yours for: £7,995