800-MILE XJ-S UP FOR GRABS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

A Jaguar XJ-S with just 800 miles on the clock is up for sale at Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions in its Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic sale on 21-22 July.

De­liv­ered by the Bris­tol Mo­tor Com­pany to its first owner in 1990, the car has since just had one other owner, a col­lec­tor, since 2015. A pre-facelift 5.3-litre V12 model, the me­tal­lic ma­roon XJ-S is said to be in as-new con­di­tion, com­plete with its orig­i­nal books and ac­ces­sories. Gra­ham Searle, Jaguar En­thu­si­asts’ Club chair­man, says: ‘I know of one or two low mileage XJ-Ss, but those are at a few thou­sand miles – I haven’t come across one this low. The V12 does hate sit­ting around though, so the car’s go­ing to re­quire new hoses, seals and tyres if it hasn’t been done re­cently. That said, peo­ple value orig­i­nal­ity and low miles, so I would ex­pect it to get at least £30,000.’

Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions has listed the low mileage XJ-S with an es­ti­mate of be­tween £35,000 and £40,000.

CCW’s mar­kets ed­i­tor Richard Bar­nett, says: ‘ This is an in­ter­est­ing of­fer­ing. I cer­tainly can’t re­mem­ber an XJ-S com­ing to the mar­ket with a mileage this low be­fore. It’s in lovely spec too, so if a Jag col­lec­tor comes along and fetches this at the lower end of the es­ti­mate I’ll be left pretty jeal­ous.’

Ac­cord­ing to Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions, ‘unique is a word fre­quently mis­used, how­ever, in this case, it seems ap­pro­pri­ate. The time has now come for a new owner to ac­quire this amaz­ing, 800-miles-from-new, time-warp ex­am­ple. One for the true col­lec­tor, this is an op­por­tu­nity not to be missed.’

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The Jaguar En­thu­si­asts’ Club reck­ons that this XJ-S will at­tract plenty of bid­ders – but it’ll need care­ful TLC be­fore head­ing onto the road. Un­blem­ished in­te­rior is one of the high­lights of this low-mileage XJ-S.

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