The original Jaguar XJ-S was introduced in September 1975. The design and development, directed by William Heynes Chief Engineer and Technical Director, had begun in the late 1960s with an initial shape penned by Malcolm Sayer, but after his death in 1970 it was completed by the in-house Jaguar design team, headed by Doug Thorpe.
Power came from the Jaguar V12 engine with a choice of a manual or an automatic transmission, but the manual was soon dropped as they were left over from V12 E Type production.
From July 1981, the XJ-S was renamed the XJ-S HE and received the new High-Efficiency (HE) V12 engine for much better fuel economy. With the Fire Ball combustion chamber designed by Swiss Engineer Michael May, power output was increased to 295 hp (220 kW; 299 PS). At the same time, the XJ-S HE received changes to the exterior and interior; bodycoloured boot trim in place of the standard previous black, new five-spoke (starfish) alloy wheels, chrome inserts on the upper part of the bumpers, burled elm inserts on dashboard and door caps.
This 1987 XJ-S HE 108,000 mile car is finished in Regency Red with cream leather interior. The original owner purchased the car new from Guy Salmon in Thames Ditton in August 1987. It has a full UK Jaguar main dealer service history from 1987 to 1992. In 1993 it was exported to South Africa where the service history continued.
The car is now back in the UK and will be sold with the relevant customs/import documentation, MOT certificate, V5C and the original UK registration of E65 EPB.
1987 Jaguar XJS V12 HE 5.3L