This 1995 Jaguar XJS convertible mixes classic British style and V12 power
The result is that iconic look you love and all the right features to keep you pampered in the proper Jaguar fashion.
The attractiveness is apparent and instant the moment you lay eyes on it. The body shows good care in the crisp sheet metal. This highlights the timeless style of the XJS convertible. It has a sleek design that goes with the company’s cat-like reputation. There are even sporty touches like the dual exhaust tips and rear spoiler. But it also never loses the elegant poise of a good European upper-class cruiser. After all, the color combo of black paint with a tan pinstripe is one of the most elegant choices of all time. And because this was one of the final years for the design, you get some nice updates, like the unique 16-inch wheels, shapely revised rear, and the flush-mounted European-style headlights.
The black roof goes well with the exterior color theme, it gets even better when you take it down. The light tan pinstripe coordinates with the interior for a thoughtful sense of style. This has all the best features you expect from a Jaguar, including leather upholstery, cruise control, power locks, and the factory AM/FM/cassette stereo with CD changer. It remains a driver-oriented car with high-back front bucket seats, a tilt steering column, and a crisp full gauge package set in the wood panel. Because this is a later XJS, you also get a safer convertible with features like dual airbags and ant-lock brakes. But your favorite features will likely be the power windows and power convertible top. Together, they mean you don’t even have to leave the driver’s seat if you want to go from enclosed comfort to a wind-in-your-hair experience.
The V12 engine provides the kind of effortless performance that you’d expect from Coventry’s biggest cat. In fact, this 6.0-liter unit is the final evolution with the largest displacement. This fuel-injected powerhouse is an especially strong runner. It has a smooth and torque-filled feeling that makes it effortlessly luxurious around town. But when it’s time to have a little fun, it makes a wonderful howl and pulls like a freight train. The automatic transmission is a four-speed automatic transmission sourced from GM. So you know it has the robustness to handle the V12’s power with ease as it shifts into overdrive comfort. But this is more than just a good powertrain. The XJS runs on a fully independent suspension that has been built to balance luxury cruising with spirited driving. This is reinforced by power steering and four-wheel power disc brakes.
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