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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1995 Jaguar XJS Coupe

The greatest XJS era


Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this 1995 Jaguar XJS Coupe.

The Jaguar XJS was created as a replacement for the XKE. At the time the design was much more modern than the XKE, and it much more of a touring car. While people bemoaned this change at the time, the proof was in sales as a total of 115,413 XJS cars were sold compared to the E-type which sold 72,528. In addition, the E-Type was produced from 1961-1974 and the XJS was produced for more than 20 years, being built from 1975 to 1996.

Over the years the car changed and was improved. In the car’s final development phase, it received a much needed and well executed facelift that cost millions of dollars. This is because it was not just a cosmetic change but a full engineering and styling redesign of the car. Of all the XJS cars built these are usually considered the best, and they were much more advanced than the original car. They also tend to be more comfortable and, most importantly, more reliable.

Our AutoHunter spotlight is one of these facelift cars, a rare 1995 XJS coupe built near the very end of XJS production.

The seller describes this XJS as a 1995 Jaguar XJS coupe that has been driven 90,639 total miles and is powered by an AJ16 4.0-liter I6 mated to a ZF four-speed automatic transmission. It has been California and Arizona-owned since new. Finished in Brooklands Green over a Cream leather interior, this XJS is now offered with certification paperwork, service records, a clean CARFAX report, and a clear title in the seller’s name.

Now I have nosed around these final facelift coupes for a few years, and this is one of the nicest and most well documented ones I have seen for sale in years.

The exterior is finished in stunning Brooklands Green paint (code HFB) that was carefully touched up and wet-sanded in May 2024. This truly looks like a car with terrific original paint and one that has been driven as well as cared for over the years. The car rides on its original 16” aluminum slotted wheels which are wrapped in 225/60 Continental TrueContact tires that were replaced in July 2020.

The interior is typical jaguar luxury with Cream Autolux leather upholstery (code NDR), power-adjustable front seats, power windows, power steering, a tilt adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, automatic climate control, an AM/FM radio, modern Bluetooth connectivity, and real wood veneer trim. The leather, carpets, and wood is all in exceptional condition, something rare to see on these cars today. This is a show worthy example in every way.

Under the hood is possibly the very best twin cam 4-liter inline six cylinder Jaguar ever built, the AJ16. In fact this engine was so good that Aston-Martin chose to use in the DB7, though with some modifications made by Aston. These engines are absolutely bulletproof and should last around 250,000 miles before needing any serious work. This engine also has 237 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque, which puts makes its performance greater than the original XJ-S 5.3 liter V12 and combines that with less weight and more efficiency.

The service history of this XJS includes an emissions inspection completed in 2022. In 2019 it had an air pump replacement, an AC recharge, and transmission service. In 2016 it received new cooling hoses, a new water pump, new thermostat, new fan clutch and new cam cover gaskets. The car includes all the receipts for this work as well as more receipts from earlier services.

These final XJS coupes are not only a great GT car, but are also pretty rare with Jaguar only building about 130 of these 4.0 liter coupes in 1995. Sure, the convertible is nice looking, but I personally think that the 1991 facelifted XJS coupe is one of the most elegant looking cars of the 1990s and looks as fresh today as it did when new.

Finding one of these cars that is this well cared for and in this condition is quite difficult. If I were in the market I would seriously consider this car since it’s very best GT cars of the era.

The auction for this 1995 Jaguar XJS Coupe ends Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at 12:15 p.m. (PDT)

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Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


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