Mid '80s Jaguar XJS V12. I have owned dozens of ancient Jaguar over a thirty year period, however, never an XJS, I am a huge fan of V12 engine, but would probably choose a 5 speed manual 3.6 straight six over an automatic V12.
A few very early cars from between 1975 - 78 had the dream combination of V12 engine & manual gearbox, but these are very rare indeed, it is unrealistic to expect to find one for sale, whilst a 5 speed 3.6 is relatively easy to find.
Beauty and the beasts 😉. The Lister XJS still looks nuts - and that's without hearing the thing! And was the the Alfasud Sprint really that pretty when it was new? The world would be a better place if it had more Marcoses in it (Marcoses?? maybe that explains why you never see more than one at a time 🤔).
Web Find Wednesday
Every Web Find Wednesday we show work by other car design houses, coachbuilders or car manufacturers. Welcome to the coachbuilt Lynx Eventer, based on the Jaguar XJS.
In total 67 XJS's were modified by coachbuilder Lynx to create the elegant Eventer, a three-door shooting brake. The first Eventer was unveiled in August 1982 at Brown’s Lane during the Jaguar factory open days. Sir John Egan, Chief Executive and chairman of Jaguar Cars from 1980 to 1990, looked at it with disregard but the press praised both design and conversion quality of the Lynx. The XJ-S does look very natural in its bespoke Eventer suit.
Each shooting brake conversion took Lynx 14 weeks. As the photos show, the Lynx engineers cut off most of the bodywork, moved the fuel tank and created a flat floor. They also stiffened-up the suspension, compensating for a changed center of gravity. Bespoke side windows were made specifically for the Eventer. The window of the rear hatch was not as costly and complex: it was simply borrowed from the Citroen GSA. Every Lynx Eventer features a sumptuous leather interior and allows for a comfortable 2+2 seating arrangement, or a very spacious 6 feet long load area - ideal for long road trips.
What do you think?