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1993 JAGUAR XJS 4.0 Automatic Convertible - An Appreciating Classic Sports Car


At a glance:

1993 Jaguar XJS 4.0 litre straight six automatic

Powered convertible blue mohair roof

Left hand drive - this car spent its life in California.

Recently improved and in excellent condition

Massive service history

93,050 miles

Arctic blue bodywork with chrome detailing

Doeskin leather interior.

MOT until May 2021


The model:

The Jaguar XJ-S (and later renamed as XJS), a luxury grand tourer, was produced by Jaguar from 1975 to 1996. The XJ-S superseded the E-Type (also known as XK-E) and was based on the XJ saloon. It had been developed as the XK-F, though it was very different in character from its predecessor.

The XJ-S was launched on 10 September 1975. The development of the car had begun in the late 1960s as project XJ27, with an initial shape set by Malcolm Sayer, but after his death in 1970 it was completed by the in-house Jaguar design team, headed by Doug Thorpe. Power originally came from the V12 petrol engine with a choice of manual or automatic transmission, but the manual was soon dropped.

In 1983 the new AJ6 straight six engine was introduced. The six-cylinder cars can be identified by a slightly raised "power bulge", running along the longitudinal centre section of the bonnet.

The two-seat XJ-SC targa-type model, never a great success in the marketplace, was replaced by a two-seat full convertible in 1988 which proved to be hugely popular. 

The car was re-launched in its final facelifted form in May 1991 and renamed XJS. The car received a new 4.0-litre version of the AJ6 engine. In 1992, a 4.0-litre convertible was added to the range and at the same time the car benefited from a revision to the rear brakes; they were now fitted with outboard rear disc brakes, instead of the more complicated inboard set up on previous models. The automatic 4.0-litre models continued with the electronic ZF4HP24E transmission. The last XJS was manufactured on 4 April 1996; by then 115,413 had been produced during a 21-year production life. The model was replaced by the XK8.


The history of this car:

This car will first registered in California on the 21st December 1992, and sold to the first owner by Terry York Motor Cars, an importer of Jaguar, Rolls Royce and Land Rover based in Encino California. Later, the car moved to Pasadena where it was maintained by Rusnak Jaguar dealership. More recently it was owned by a gentleman in Woodlands Hills, between Burbank and Malibu on the outskirts of Los Angeles, until it was purchased by the current owner and imported to the UK on 7th April 2016. Once in the UK, the car underwent a programme of improvement before being registered for the road on the 1st April 2017. The car has had only 6 owners, 5 in the USA and one in the UK, many of whom are documented in the extensive, two inch thick history file.

The specification:

This car is the 1993 model year 4.0 litre automatic cabriolet, with chrome bumpers, and chromed lattice alloy wheels. The car has 'doeskin' leather interior with rare book-matched light burr walnut trim.

This facelift car was produced from 1991 and the 4.0 litre full convertible version was introduced in 1992. This is a rare car, having the benefit of chrome bumpers, before the range was 'updated' in 1994 (some say unsympathetically) with larger moulded plastic bumpers which looked rather out of keeping with the original design.



The car has covered a very low 93,050 miles, an average of roughly 3,700 miles per year, supported by all of the accompany documentation.


Service history:

Massive service history, the majority of which is all Jaguar main dealer, and the car will be freshly serviced prior to collection by the new owner. It comes with a pile of receipts and bills to verify the low mileage, and a clear Carfax report, the US equivalent of HPI report in this country.


On the road:

The car drives superbly and feels like a true luxury 'Grand Tourer' - it’s a real joy to drive any journey, be it long or short. The car starts first time, ticks over like a Swiss watch with very good oil pressure. The car has light and responsive steering, whilst the smooth engine and gearbox give it a purposeful road presence. The car pulls strongly with a pleasing exhaust note and wafts along in a regal fashion. At the time it was light-years better than the competition. In fact, the suspension and chassis platform was carried over into both the newer XK8 and Aston Martin DB7. So the underpinnings aren't obsolete. It's a fantastic grand tourer and I would be confident to drive across Europe in it tomorrow. These Jaguars can realistically be used as an everyday car or just as a weekend cruiser, perfect for those sunny days touring the continent.



The 24-valve DOHC 4.0 L (3980 cc) version replaced the 3.6 L AJ6 in 1989. It featured a longer 102 mm (4.0 in) stroke, and generated 183 kW (249 PS; 245 hp) power at 4,750 rpm and 392 N⋅m (289 lb⋅ft) of torque at 3,650 rpm.

The engine runs very sweetly and performs as it should, whilst this big cat can provide suitable roar and pace when encouraged to do so. When accelerating on a motorway slip-road you are reminded of the potent six cylinder engine which can be traced back to the original XK and E-type. If you are torn between the straight-six or V12 model, having owned both I would say that the 4.0 straight-six is a far better bet. The 4.0 is almost as fast as the 6.0 engine, much lighter, and the V12's thirst for 10 to 15 mpg around town is quite difficult to live with. I would now choose the 6 cylinder over the V12 every time. Also the lighter engine leads to better handling and braking and the front suspension is less prone to expensive wear. When the 3.6 and later 4 litre engine were introduced in the XJ-S they outsold the V12 at a rate of five to one.



The 4 speed automatic gearbox is very smooth and changes exactly as it should.



The car will come with long MOT, until May 2021.



This is a well kept and much loved classic, in excellent condition throughout. A truly magnificent example with lovely body work, no scratches or dents and no visible rust whatsoever, thanks largely to spending its life in a dry climate. Arctic blue is arguably one of the best colours for the XJ-S, making it a rare example in this year, specification, condition and colour. Corrosion can be the major Achilles heel of these classic Jaguars, but as this car spent its life in the dry state of California, the sills and structure are very solid with no evidence of rust anywhere on the car. The hood is in perfect condition and looks as new. All in all I think anyone with reasonable expectations will be delighted with this car. It's always difficult to convey the condition of any car in words, this one is excellent but not perfect (no 25 year old car ever is!) so it is always best to get in touch and come and see this lovely car in person to assess its true condition.


The value of these cars can only go up in the future. The rusty old examples are vanishing rapidly and the good ones are becoming far more scarce. With E-type prices at very high levels, sooner or later it was inevitable that the XJS became an appreciating investment. Many predict these cars are going to rise sharply in value over the coming years, as they have more than doubled in value in the last decade. This car is well priced and ready for immediate enjoyment at £11,950.



This is a superb classic sporting grand touring convertible, a stunning example inside and out with perfect bumper chromes, very good paintwork and body, excellent interior, and great mechanicals. It draws admiring glances all the time, and is often a topic of conversation with people you meet when you park. It has oodles of charm, character and style.

The colour is beautiful and shows off the flowing lines and finesse of the fabulous 1970s design. People literally stop in their tracks and look, as these wonderful cars are a less common sight on our roads. 



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