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- Flamenco Red
- Cream Beige
- Seller: StreetsideDallas
- Phone: 855-877-2707
Will the big cat from Coventry ever get the love it truly deserves in the classic car game? This 1994 Jaguar XJS V12 2+2 convertible is top-flight European sex appeal for a bargain-basement price, and signs in the current market are all pointing to a fast-approaching rise in collectability. Great colors certainly help, not to mention the fact that driving this car will make you feel like a million bucks, and nobody has to know just how affordable it really is right now. With only 62,459 miles on the clock and low ownership since new, this loaded luxury droptop is the epitome of a modern classic that's sure to gain a ton of value in the coming years.
When you buy a Jaguar, you know you're getting something very special. This graceful feline wears its original Flamenco Red paint, and for 28-year-old car, it's absolutely astounding. Of course, it's not perfect, but its condition today speaks volumes about the quality of the workmanship when it was new and it's still visible today, not to mention the care it has received over the last three decades. The final evolution of the XJS shape was sleek and handsome, and even in 1994 when this car was built, it hardly looked like a 19-year-old design. By 1994, the XJS (note that the hyphen in XJ-S was dropped to mark Ford's ownership) facelift was in full swing, featuring a more aggressive front end that's punctuated by a streamlined and color-matched bumper and aggressive hood, pronounced fender flares, and the reimagined rear end that comes equipped with a spoiler and those incredibly cool tinted taillights. The flashy red paint shines up nicely and shows only modest signs of use, a crisp pinstripe breaks up the shade at the profiles, and there's just enough bright chrome to add an elegance that is seldom seen on lesser cars. The big doors open and close with a feeling of quality and by 1994 Jaguar/Ford had figured out how to make a true convertible instead of that awful half-roof thing they tried to pass off on customers just a few years earlier. Adding to the car's curb appeal is that gold cat hood ornament, a deep air dam and side vents underneath the front bumper, and a pair of chrome exhaust pipes that exit from the rear bumper, and they all make for a delightfully sexy car with a ton of street presence, even today.
The interior is where Jaguar excels, as has been the case for a century (even though the big cat moniker didn't arrive until 1935, Jaguar was technically set up in 1922). Rich materials that look, feel, and smell expensive have always been a big part of the Jag's allure, and Ford did nothing to diminish the quality of their high-end, luxurious cabins. Cream Beige leather buckets are supportive enough for sporty driving but don't feel confining for long trips and the leather, while showing a few minor signs of age (mostly comfort marks, but no cracks or sun fading to speak of), is really holding up nicely. Real wool carpets and genuine wood trim on the dash, center console, and doors add to the upscale ambience and the big, clear gauges (another redesign for the facelift generation XJS) are easy to read at a glance. Everything was standard on your top-of-the-line Jaguar, including power windows, locks, and mirrors, power heated seats, a powerful Jaguar AM/FM/cassette stereo, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, dual airbags, and a tilt steering column, so you won't be wishing for anything while you're out driving. This is a 2+2 model, which was first introduced in 1992, and I suppose you could call the rear area a "back seat" but it's really just an exquisitely upholstered package shelf that's only suited to children or golf clubs. Nevertheless, having a rear seating area appealed to the American market (and lowered insurance premiums), so these models were produced and sold like hotcakes on our side of the pond. A gorgeously tailored tan canvas convertible top offers a glass rear window with defroster and folds into a rather British-looking stack that hides under a matching black canvas boot for a tidy look.
Jaguar's mighty 6.0-liter HE V12 provides great power (304 horsepower to be exact) and while some might think it's just too complicated to maintain, the last 28 years have proven that when properly cared for, these engines are robust and reliable. Like all Jaguar twelves, it's silky smooth at any speed and pulls with increasing urgency as speeds increase, offering almost muscle car-like levels of torque. The engine bay is impressively clean and a work of art in-and-of itself, with individual intake runners and exhaust manifolds that look similar to what you'd find in a vintage E-Type, although modern fuel injection makes it far less cantankerous. Backed by a familiar GM 4L80E 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission, it's an effortless highway cruiser best suited to long highway drives in first-class comfort. The independent suspension soaks up bumps without giving up its agility, a Jaguar trademark since the beginning, and the power 4-wheel disc brakes are suitably powerful. Handsome alloy wheels outfitted with gold trim that matches the pinstripes are largely unscuffed, and they all carry recent Sumitomo blackwall radials.
With just three owners and only 62,459 original miles, this sleek Jag has to be the bargain of the century. Fast, comfortable, and stylish, few cars today can match its combination. Call now!