I have read that Jaguar only made 178 of these 1979 Jaguar XJ-S cars. The autobahn in Germany said the fins on the shoulders of the back windows would cause accidents because they would inhibit the drivers view out of the back window. It was discovered that this was not the case. Jaguar began making more of these cars in 1980 and thereafter with the fins until the design was completely changed later. XJ stands for "eXperimental Jaguar". The S stand for series, this Jag being the SeriesIII. I have been searching for a Jaguar like this since I bought it in September of 2007, and have not found one.
This is a 1979 XJ-S Jaguar, 2 door, with automatic transmission, air-conditioning and electric windows. The car has 31,592 original miles. The front has bucket seats, the back has seatbelts for three. It uses unleaded fuel, the tank holding 24 gallons, and has emission control. It has power steering and power brakes & electrically operated window and door locks. The motor is a 12 cylinder running with 3 carburetors and its capacity is 326.06 cubic inch. Normal use is considered 120 MPH. This vehicle has many more accessories as the ultimate in touring automobiles.
I am the 3rd owner of this car. A doctor in Walnut Creek, California bought this Jag for his wife. She refused to drive it anymore because she heard it was dangerous. My mechanic told me it was probably because the electrical harness runs across the gas tank. It sat in their garage for years.
An accountant for a car dealership in Anacortes, Washington was the 2nd owner. He went to California and had the Jag trucked up to Anacortes. His hobby was restoring Corvettes and he decided to restore this Jag. He had it shipped to Seattle, Washington where it was sandblasted down to bare metal. He told me he only saw two welds on the chasse, one on the top of each shoulder where the fins were attached. He had it painted light green , a stock color of Jaguars (although I think it looks silver). He also had new leather seats installed, new felt interior liners & new mats. He decided to install a larger radiator. The Jag comes with its own custom cover, Jaguar mud flaps that are still in the box, and the smaller radiator. The Jag has Jaguar Caps on the hub of the wheels. The Jag includes the original Drivers Handbook. The Jag was again stored in a garage. He and his wife decided to open their own home decorating store and needed the capital to purchase inventory.
The Jag had 31,094 original miles when I bought it. The windshield wipers, horn, radio and the fans did not work. I took my Jag to an import auto specialist, it probably only needed a new fuse. The mechanic told me I should change the flexible hoses as they were old and brittle. I spent $3G getting them replaced. One day I was driving down the highway, and a hose that had not been replaced split & the motor overheated, I did not notice until it was too late. Now the car sounds funny, it smokes terribly & all the warning lights on the dash are on. I drove it a total of 498 miles. I still did not get the above items fixed. I have had it stored in a garage since October of 2008 and have not renewed the license since then. I have just purchased 2 new front tires and a battery.
My favorite thing about this car is its brakes. Once when I was driving down the highway excelling to about 70 miles per hour, I had to make an emergency stop. It went from 70 to zero in about 6 feet, without swerving an inch. There was a concrete barricade to my left and several cars to my right and front. The Jag is equipped with a dual circuit system in which braking to the front wheels is completely isolated from that to the rear.
One can either have the original motor rebuilt, or have a V8 dropped in. If one put the V8 in, and parted out the original Jaguar motor and its parts, I am guessing it would pay for itself.
I will take $8,000. If I get lots of offers, it will go to the highest bidder. If you really want it without a bidding war, I will take $16.000. I am willing to take payments with a Promissory Note, zero interest, possession only upon payment in full. I may be reached at (503)-397-9710 or email @ Agardenbum2@aol.com. Arrangements for viewing will be made by appointment.
All reasonable offers will be considered.