There is something magical about a V12 engine. They are under the hoods of some of the most-exclusive high-performance cars in the world. Think Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin.
The sound of a V12 engine is unlike any other engine type, with a turbine-like whirr that is absolutely addicting. There is a downside with a V12-powered sports or GT car, besides the terrible fuel mileage: just about every V12 collector car is very expensive.
But there is a V12-powered car that you can buy for less money than the price of a used Honda Accord – the jaguar XJS.
The Pick of the Day is a 1986 Jaguar XJS coupe finished in Sebring Red with a tan leather interior. The 3-owner car is powered by its original 5.3-liter V12 engine rated at 265 horsepower, according to the Kentwood, Michigan, dealer advertising the Jag on ClassicCars.com.
The XJS was Jaguar’s replacement for the E-Type, supplanting the sports car with a luxury GT that came standard with an automatic transmission. That was thought of as a huge mistake, to put it lightly. People were not pleased with the replacement, and for years the XJS was considered a failure.
But as time went on, the XJS became more and more popular, owned by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tom Petty, actor Patrick Stewart and Princess Diana.
And year by year, the XJS got better and better, so that the mid-1980s, it was often compared to the Mercedes SEC and BMW 6-series cars. When production ended in 1996 after more than 20 years, Jaguar had built 115,413 of them. In comparison, from 1961 to 1974 Jaguar produced 67,300 E-Types. Not bad for a car thought of as a failure.
The seller describes this XJS as a nice example that comes with all books, tools and service history. The paint is said to have good gloss, although with a few stone chips acquired during its 92,000-mile history.
The interior appears to be in exceptional condition with the leather in terrific shape and no visible cracks in the wood trim. The only modification shown is an aftermarket steering wheel, which if it were mine would be replaced with a correct factory wheel.
Both the engine compartment and the underside of this XJS look just as clean as the rest of the car, with no sign of rust or neglect.
There are plenty of XJSs on the market but it is tremendously important to buy the best example available as an XJS that requires any major work can get very expensive.
This XJS has an asking price of only $11,900, which seems like a solid bargain for a V12-powered GT in apparently great condition.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.