Passed the test: ’87 Jaguar XJS V12
We think the sweet spot for the XJS is the mid to late ‘80s. Mostly because of an engineer by the name of Michael May. He designed a new, high-compression head with a fireball combustion chamber that increased power and fuel economy. Now throw in a redesigned dash with burl wood, updated bumpers and mirrors and you have resurgence in sales. The V12 is a wonderful engine and can be very reliable if given attention and proper care. Primarily you need to keep it cool. If you do, it will reward you with Chevrolet levels of reliability. And that takes us to this XJS. You know by now, we like original cars with extensive documentation. This one has it. It is a California car and recently passed its Smog Test. The seller has all of the papers and records. The Jaguar has traveled only 38,000 miles so if the records exhibit the right level of care, this should be a really nice one to consider. This is another case where we prefer the Coupe to the Convertible. The styling that was thought to be somewhat uninspired looks kind of cool right now. We are sure you can buy this car for under $10,000. Click here for the listing.