Jaguar XJS HE GT

Although heralded at its inception in 1961, Jaguar’s E-Type, or XK-E as it was known in the United States, was losing its edge by the early 1970s. Cars had become heavier and performance had suffered, even with the addition of a 5.3-liter V-12. For 1974, the coupe version was discontinued, and U.S. convertibles were further detuned to meet emissions regulations. The last of the model left the assembly line in mid-1974.

Jaguar had not abandoned the segment so much as moved it up-market. After a year without a sporting model, the company introduced a luxury coupe, the XJS, for 1976. Powered by the same V-12 as the Series III E-Type and the XJ-12 saloon, it had a Borg-Warner three-speed automatic transmission and all-independent suspension using wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll bars front and rear. At $19,000, however, it was more than twice the price of the E-Type that it nominally replaced. At 2,000-4,000 cars per year, though, its sales were not far behind those of its predecessor. A new “HE” version of the engine (for High Efficiency) arrived in 1982, and a convertible was added for 1987. It was the longest lasting model to date, remaining in production for 20 years.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

262 bhp, 5,343 cc SOHC V-12 engine, three-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel coil-spring independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102".

Source: RM Auctions

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