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1989 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Convertible

1989 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Convertible



After a difficult start, the Jaguar XJ-S eventually became a true classic in the canon of British grand-tourers.

The first thing you notice about an XJ-S is its sheer size – they're a tight fit even a 16ft garage. Inside, though, the car is surprisingly cosy, yet still provides enough room for the driver and front passenger to sit comfortably. With an attentive suspension setup, it's no surprise that the XJ-S ride is as smooth as your favourite easy chair too. The performance is equally refined, especially the all-aluminium, 5.3-litre V12. Jabbing on the accelerator off the line has the XJ-S easing gracefully away, with plenty of poise.

Once up and rolling, the hefty engines exhibit a satisfying depth of power. As a tool for travelling long distances in comfort, the XJ-S has few peers. Used in the manner to which it is accustomed, an XJ-S offers an excellent balance of conduct, be it pootling around town or cruising on the motorway.


  • A MINT Example, that drives Beautifully.
  • Imported from the UK, it was first registered in New Zealand in 1997.
  • Straight, clean rust free body with beautiful paintwork.
  • Smooth Engine with no unduly noises whatsoever.
  • Well maintained vehicle
  • Five owners in New Zealand including us for the last three years. Previous owner 8 years.
  • This factory XJ-S convertible was launched in 1989, as Ford took control. The convertible top was built by Karmann; it is lined and weather-proof.
  • One of the better examples in New Zealand.

Presented in 1975, the XJ-S replaced the legendary E-type in Jaguar's range. As well as being great to drive, it introduced new standards of passenger safety, with impact-absorbing bumpers on special struts, side-impact barriers built into the doors and a fuel tank mounted directly behind the rear seats to protect it from rear damage. Despite all this, the XJ-S wasn't a runaway sales success to begin with, and it was only when the HE (High Efficiency) model arrived in 1981, complete with the chrome bumpers and wood veneer interior inserts so beloved of Jaguar buyers, that things picked up.

The XJ-S is now a fixture on the classic scene. Finding a good one can take time, but Buy a good one, like this one, and you'll have an extraordinary machine to be proud of.

Car will be sold WOF'd and registered.


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For more information about this vehicle, please contact us Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 6:00pm (New Zealand Standard Time) on +64 (0) 3 310-6485 / +64 (0) 274 990-020. Alternatively, you may email us at info@waimakclassiccars.co.nz anytime.

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