1990 Jaguar XJS V12
VIN: SAJNW4849LC168999 Engine: 5.3L V12 Transmission: Automatic
The Jaguar XJS was a very popular model for Jaguar which explains why it had such a long run. Introduced in 1975, the XJ-S was still out of the ordinary with a twelve cylinder engine in a production car. Only supercars at the time were known for having such exotic engines such as Lamborghini and Ferrari. The design and development, directed by William Heynes Chief Engineer and Technical Director had begun in the late 1960s by the code name of project XJ27, with an initial shape penned by Malcolm Sayer, but after his death in 1970 it was completed by the in-house Jaguar design team, headed by Doug Thorpe. The XJ-S compared well with its contemporary Lamborghinis and Ferraris; it was able to accelerate to 60 MPH in 7.6 seconds and had a top speed of 140MPH. They are great cars and in 1982, the new V12 XJ-S actually won first and second at the RAC Tourist Trophy race at Silverstone. The XJS was a car that was ahead of its time and was produced for a long time with slight upgrades throughout the production, finally ending production in 1996.