Group 44 Tribute: 1987 Jaguar XJS

This next car is an example of why everything looks better in racing livery. It was built in 2021 as a tribute to the classic XJS Group 44 racers that were campaigned back in the day by Bob Tullius in SCCA Trans-Am racing. Interesting is that the Tullius built XJS competed and beat many Chevrolet Camaros…but today’s XJS tribute is powered by a fire breathing Chevrolet V8 borrowed from a mid 90s Camaro. Its like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning had a baby together. Find this 1987 Jaguar XJS offered for $28,500 in Sunbury, MA via craigslist. Tip from ME.

From the seller:

1987 Jaguar XJS
condition: excellent
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 9
paint color: white
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe
This unbelievable Jaguar XJS Group 44 Tribute coupe was built in 2021 from a 1987 Jaguar XJS with its drivetrain, suspension and unibody chassis from a 57k mile 1994 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. Power is supplied by a carbureted 5.7L V8 equipped with:

  • LT4 cylinder heads
  • Hooker Super Comp headers
  • Wiseco 11:1 forged pistons
  • Eagle 6” H-beam connecting rods
  • Comp Cams CC306 camshaft
  • Comp Cams 1.6:1 roller rockers with guide plates
  • Chromoly pushrods
  • Crane valve springs
  • Manley valves
  • LT4-spec timing chain
  • Canton oil pan
  • Pertronix Digital Rev limiter
  • Aluminum radiator with an electric cooling fan
  • March crank pulley

Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a T56 six-speed manual transmission equipped with a Centerforce dual disc clutch assembly, a 3″ carbon fiber driveshaft, and a Currie 9″ rear end with a 4.11:1 gear ratio.

The car is finished in white with green stripes, Group 44 style retro paint, and gold-painted 16″ alloy wheels wrapped in 235/60 Goodyear Reliant All-Season tires. Braking is handled by four wheel discs. Power steering recently installed! The suspension features a Global West panhard rod, weld-in subframe connectors, and lower control arms, along with Bilstein shocks, Eibach 1.25″ lowering springs, polyurethane bushings, and a TPIS strut tower brace.

In keeping with the retro theme this tribute features a battery cutoff switch, trunk hold-down pins, yellow-tinted headlight lenses, a front spoiler, and side exhaust pipes.

The cabin houses high-back front bucket seats and a rear bench upholstered in two-tone gray cloth. Interior panels are trimmed in black cloth and Tanaka four-point harnesses are fitted for the front occupants. A Pro-5.0 Performance shifter assembly has been installed, along with a fire extinguisher located behind the passenger seat.
A two-spoke Jaguar steering wheel frames a Motor Meter Racing 120-mph speedometer and an Autometer tachometer. Equus gauges mounted centrally on the dashboard display oil pressure, fuel temperature, and battery voltage. The digital odometer shows 9 miles, though total mileage is TMU.

This beautiful restomod was created from two running perfect donor cars with clean Carfax reports for both the Jaguar and the Camaro donor car along with a clean Indiana title as a 1987 Jaguar XJS.

This restomod Group 44 Tribute is a brilliantly built reliable weekend cruiser, cars and coffee showstopper, retro racer, or private collection showpiece. In a world of conformity, it’s originality shines and it has always brought a smile to my face.

We ship both nationally and internationally. Our dealership, Automobile Locators International, is in Marlborough MA and it can be shown upon request.

See a better way to drive a tribute to British Leyland that is as American as drone strike pie?