How could you replace the Superlative E Type and please the buyer safety experts and move into the 1970s.
The XJ S had big shoes to fill and by the mid-1970s although the E Type was looking dated it was still a desirable icon.
So early on at its launch in 1975, the XJ S was not very well received with many disliking its shape especially the rear buttresses and more contemporary looks.
I have personal memories as my dad receiving his white one in 1975 and I can remember it being good looking but very poorly built with lots of mechanical defects from day one!
However, over the years Jaguar managed to develop the car to become a much more appealing grand touring machine and the HE model was a much improved and economical version of the original car whilst being much better built.
This beauty is finished in Diamond blue with Doeskin leather and has lived a cherished life in the South of France for 10 years just returning to Blighty last year.
A thorough recommissioning was carried out last year at a cost of over £5000 at a Uk Jaguar specialist including:
New brake discs front and rear
Stainless steel exhaust
Fuel pump and ancillaries
Coolant hoses and belts
Recon rear axle and powder coat subframe
Air con update Etc
The result is a terrific driving, a reliable example which also presents beautifully.
On the road, she is ready to use and would love a long cruise down to the south of France again
The V12 is the one to own with the silky-smooth engine and gearbox belying its age.
Supplied fully inspected, serviced with 12 months warranty.