SOTW: Jaguar XJS V12

The Jag that got away was the price of this tired one...
The Jag that got away was the price of this tired one...
On the face of it a Jaguar XJS does not seem like the ideal Shed of the Week. After all, a fearsome reputation for unreliability, a dauntingly complex - and expensive to fix - V12 and the likelihood of frilly bodywork are not the best combination for budget motoring.

...but closer to this in condition...
...but closer to this in condition...
But, as has been said many times before, Shed isn't necessarily about making rational choices - it would be a thoroughly boring weekly feature if it was. Which is why the idea of 5.3 litres and 12 cylinders of majestic Jaguar coupe for £995 is such an appealing prospect.

Sure, it's definitely-not-an-E-Type looks aren't the prettiest of lines, but there's an undeniable grace and presence to the XJS shape that makes it stand out from the crowd - it's aged distinctively if not necessarily well, shall we say.

Unfortunately, the car ad we had targeted as Today's SOTW - spotted by PHer RP1 - is no longer live, so we presume that some lucky/brave punter has already snatched it up. And it's a measure of how rare it is to find a clean, cheap V12 XJS HE (this one had tax and ticket, old MoTs, some history and looked clean, despite the seller admitting to a few rust blisters) that a thorough rummage around the UK's classifieds turned up nothing to remotely compare with it.

...from the sound of things at least...
...from the sound of things at least...
The best we could come up with was this 1986 V12 which, apart from the colour and the absence of cross-spoke wheels is pretty much identical to that mythical near-miss car that originally caught our eye on Gumtree. Except that the seller of this Jersey-registered car (actually the one we've used in most of the pictures) wants a full thousand pounds more.

In fact, the only V12 XJS we found that was comparable on price was this distinctly ratty F-plate example with neither tax nor MoT, up for £790, curiously - and we suspect erroneously - described in the advert headline as 'supercharged'.

So what's the moral of the story? (I didn't know SOTW had to have a moral - Ed.) Well, we suppose it's that you can find shed-price V12 Jaguar XJSes out there, but boy are they rare. And boy do they get snapped up quickly. Although given the model's potential to become a money pit, perhaps it's a good thing they don't come along all that often...


Advert for the original find is reproduced below

11 MONTHS MOT, 6 MONTHS TAX, NICE GENUINE CAR, SOME SERVICE HISTORY, ALL PREVIOUS MOTS, HANDBOOKS, ENGINE AND GEAR BOX BOTH GOOD, BODYWORK GOOD FEW BLISTERS,

LEATHER INTERIOR, CROSS SPOKE ALLOY WHEELS,ELECTRIC WINDOWS, CENTRAL LOCKING, POWERED STEERING,

DRIVES SPOT ON

P.H. O'meter

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  • B'stard Child 08 Jun 2012

    What could possibly go wrong biggrin

  • Riggers 08 Jun 2012

    B'stard Child said:
    What could possibly go wrong biggrin
    Ha! well, since none of us can buy it, I guess we've been saved the ignominy and financial pain of finding out hehe

  • heppers75 08 Jun 2012

    Top shedding... Then I would have to say that...

    I spent nearly 3 years looking for a very good one and they can go for silly money, I was fortunate to get mine for a few times the shed limit but not too many and I have managed to get a very good one.

    Around the £1k-£2k there are some comedy examples about but that one seemed nice for that money.

  • Limpet 08 Jun 2012

    Drive it until something catastrophic inevitably breaks, then remove the engine, drain it of fluids, clean it up, and have it as a static display in your lounge.

    Double kicking from the other half, but it would be worth it. smile

  • J4CKO 08 Jun 2012

    I like these, but will give it a miss thanks, will try something less risky, something like Crack, Free Climbing, Base Jumping or telling the missus her arse looks big in that skirt...

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