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Jaguar XJ-S – The Essential Buyer's Guide

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Jaguar XJ-S – The Essential Buyer's Guide
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By Peter Crespin
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Paperback • 64 pages • 195mm x 139mm • 113 colour pictures

ISBN: 978-1-84584-161-4

£ 12.99 Postage + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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• Like having an XJ-S expert at your side
• Full coverage of all 6 and 12-cylinder models
• In-depth analysis of strengths and weaknesses
• Includes market and value data
• Advice on choosing the right model and condition
• How to avoid buying a wreck
• Quick check guide and also a fuller inspection plan
• Discussion of desirable upgrades as well as modifications to avoid
• Where and how to buy an XJ-S
• Details of club back-up and support organisations


A practical guide to take you step-by-step through examination and purchase of Jaguar’s XJ-S Grand Tourer. This book shows what to look for, what to avoid, and whether the car will suit your needs; relative values and the best places to buy. Also includes full details on back-up organisations and literature.


An expert guide to buying the Jaguar XJ-S you’ve always wanted. Perhaps because it was Jaguar’s longest-running model ever, there are lots of examples of the XJ-S around, but there are also lots of terrible specimens to trap the unwary. With the youngest car now over 20 years old, most XJ-S cars have long since dropped out of the dealer network, and good examples are climbing in price, but need to be sifted out from the poor ones, which are often superficially dressed to sell. This book takes the fear out of buying one of these quick, complex cars, providing a checklist for common problem areas, followed by a core section taking readers methodically through each system in detail and scoring them to arrive at an objective assessment of the car’s condition, helping you make the decision to buy or walk away. Short of employing an XJ-S expert to do the inspection for you, there is no safer way to avoid buying a bad car and to end up with the vehicle of your dreams.

Independent Reviews

"Both six- and 12-cylinder models from 1975 to 1996 are covered in depth ... an ideal introduction for those tempted by these coming classics." – Classic & Sports Car

"It is small and dense, in a little paperback you can carry around with you, and it's packed with very clear, full-colour photos on every page revealing every part of an XJ-S, inside and out." – Australian Classic Car

"... good value for the money considering the information provided. And there’s plenty of it ... the information provided is, as the title says, essential." – Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car

"The best investment in peace of mind you can make if you are an XJ-S person." – Jaguar magazine

Additional Information


XJ-S 5.3 Litre Coupé 1976-1991
XJ-S 5.3 Litre Cabriolet 1985-1988
XJ-S 3.6 Litre Cabriolet 1985-1988
XJ-S 5.3 Litre Convertible 1988-1991
XJ-S 3.6 Litre Convertible 1988-1991
XJS 5.3 & 6.0 Litre Facelift Coupé 1991-1996
XJS 5.3 & 6.0 Litre Facelift Convertible 1991-1995
XJS 4.0 Litre Facelift Coupé 1991-1996
XJS 4.0 Litre Facelift Convertible 1991-1996


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