The XJS topic

The XJS topic

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BIG DUNC

1,783 posts

179 months

Thursday 2nd April
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About 30 years ago, when I was a lad, my first job was being a gofa at a printing works.

The gaffer had a TWR V12 XJS Convertible. He saw me taking an interest in it and I got to drive it occasionally. I was properly in love with that car. I have wanted a sporty jag ever since.

I did look at an XJS a few years ago, as a project. It hadn't started or run for some time and the steel work lacked, err, any steel, so sadly I passed on that opportunity. The closest I have got to ownership is a diesel X type....

I do, still, have a soft spot for a sporty Jag. An F type would do it for me, as would an XK. However, I still go a bit weak at the knees when I spot an XJS.

a8hex

5,162 posts

179 months

Friday 3rd April
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ds666 said:
Has anyone dropped a v12 Aston engine into one ?
Thinking 500+bhp would be a bit of a sleeper
I think there are people getting a lot more than 500 out of the Jag V12.

dinkel

Original Poster:

25,410 posts

214 months

Saturday 4th April
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Great postings chaps. Keep 'em coming!

cayman-black

9,459 posts

172 months

Tuesday 7th April
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85Carrera said:
I like that. Great colour - squadron blue?
Yes it is, with Biscuit leather.

DP33

183 posts

82 months

Wednesday 22nd April
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I'd love to share some shots of my 1988 3.6 man coupe in BRG over magnolia - but I can't upload the images. Sort it out PH - a lot of people use iPads - so I'd suggest you work on making your site compatible with Apple products...

deadslow

6,549 posts

179 months

Thursday 23rd April
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DP33 said:
I'd love to share some shots of my 1988 3.6 man coupe in BRG over magnolia - but I can't upload the images. Sort it out PH - a lot of people use iPads - so I'd suggest you work on making your site compatible with Apple products...
what is this strange talk of Apple compatibility? Are you a time traveller sent from the future to save us all??? biggrin

Simpo Two

72,233 posts

221 months

Friday 24th April
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Maybe Apple products can't work with Thumbsnap, which is the usual weapon of choice for those without their own webspace.

DP33

183 posts

82 months

Friday 24th April
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Simpo Two said:
Maybe Apple products can't work with Thumbsnap, which is the usual weapon of choice for those without their own webspace.
They might do - but not on my steam-powered iPad that happens to be home to my less than spectacular photographic efforts -all a bit of a pain in the arse...

craigjm

10,795 posts

156 months

Saturday 25th April
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Much prefer the look of the late facelift cars

All the talk of the gearbox can be easily solved by buying an adaptor plate and fitting the GM700R4 box instead. All the bits cost about £1000 or you can go the whole hog and fit the motor legends six speed auto conversion but that’s 11k including the fitting!

cayman-black

9,459 posts

172 months

Sunday 26th April
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lol , craig we are all different but i do prefer the early cars with the black bumpers more classic looking imo.

craigjm

10,795 posts

156 months

Sunday 26th April
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cayman-black said:
lol , craig we are all different but i do prefer the early cars with the black bumpers more classic looking imo.
Absolutely. There’s just something I don’t like about the rear side windows on the earlier cars. Would be very boring if we all liked the same thing hey

TarquinMX5

221 posts

36 months

Tuesday 28th April
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ds666 said:
Has anyone dropped a v12 Aston engine into one ?
Thinking 500+bhp would be a bit of a sleeper
Yes, Aston did a while back. They called it a DB7 Vantage getmecoat

craigjm

10,795 posts

156 months

Tuesday 28th April
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TarquinMX5 said:
ds666 said:
Has anyone dropped a v12 Aston engine into one ?
Thinking 500+bhp would be a bit of a sleeper
Yes, Aston did a while back. They called it a DB7 Vantage getmecoat
hehe

deadslow

6,549 posts

179 months

Wednesday 29th April
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rofl what about this beauty?nono


deadslow

6,549 posts

179 months

Wednesday 29th April
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current fave for sale


wormus

11,650 posts

159 months

Wednesday 29th April
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When I was a kid I had a white XJS toy from the Saint. Loved the way it looked and wanted one ever since. What’s the best model to own, are Mk1s awful?

stickleback123

6,224 posts

145 months

Wednesday 29th April
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deadslow said:
current fave for sale

That's lovely, I really like those 20 spoke wheels from the late cars. Fitted to the 6 litre?

I'm not keen on the late facelift chunky bumpers and their excess chrome though, a slightly less kit car looking version of the (no chrome) XJRS bumpers and a deletion of the old man pin stripe would have been perfect.

dinkel

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25,410 posts

214 months

Thursday 30th April
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A point of attention for the XJS lovers: I (1.85 m) fit but only just. My 12 cm taller bro can't find a comfortable seat.

craigjm

10,795 posts

156 months

Thursday 30th April
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wormus said:
When I was a kid I had a white XJS toy from the Saint. Loved the way it looked and wanted one ever since. What’s the best model to own, are Mk1s awful?
The difference over the years is a general improvement in build quality and electrics although none of them were built that great and the newest car is 24 years old and the oldest 45. They rust anywhere between the front bumper and the rear bumper and a lot of v12 engines have been neglected over the years because of their perceived complexity.

That said, the ones that seem to be rising in value are the early non-he cars and the late facelift cars. The runt of the litter value wise these days appears to be the mid 80s 6 cylinder.

DP33

183 posts

82 months

Thursday 30th April
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craigjm said:
The difference over the years is a general improvement in build quality and electrics although none of them were built that great and the newest car is 24 years old and the oldest 45. They rust anywhere between the front bumper and the rear bumper and a lot of v12 engines have been neglected over the years because of their perceived complexity.

That said, the ones that seem to be rising in value are the early non-he cars and the late facelift cars. The runt of the litter value wise these days appears to be the mid 80s 6 cylinder.
Interesting point: the first AJ6 cars did appear to get some (not undeserved) bad press. These early examples needed a bit of finessing on the NVH front and the ride/handling balance was too close to the V12 cars, so a bit on the soft side, which was at odds with the chunky 265 Getrag manual 'box and its more sporting positioning.

By the time my sports pack 88.5 model came along a lot of those wrinkles had been ironed out. The contemporary reviews were really positive and I've been really pleasantly surprised. In terms of value the manual cars have got rarity on their side. Check out howmanyleft and for any given model year there are only 100 or so left registered (and that's auto and manual) - the self shifters only made up about 10% of production - so we are now down to a handful of cars...