Hyper-S V8: 1985 Jaguar XJS
I hate to see another Jaguar XJS ruined with a cheap Chevy V8 swap…but this one isn’t as bad as the typical small block with slushbox setup because it has a 5-speed manual. The under hood wiring could using some cleaning up, but the giant aluminum radiator/fan shroud seems purpose built and the Hyper-S body kit is interesting because there is some history behind a fellow name Paul Hands who built some Hyper Jags back in the day, there was even a Hyper Register alive at some point in time, but it seems gone now. Anyway, find this 1985 Jaguar XJS offered for $8,500 in Albany, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
From the seller:
1985 jaguar xjs
cylinders: 8 cylinders
paint color: red
title status: clean
1985 Jaguar XJS Hyper-S
Converted to a Chevy 350 engine
Has original manual transmission
Tires are good.
New Chevy 350 Engine
147,900 mileage on the car itself.
Other New parts: Radiator, Clutch, Alternator, Water pump, Starter, 2 tires
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The carb and air cleaner could have easily fit under the hood with a little more shopping and a little less chopping.
Actually looks like a nice car but not my first choice of color.
I’m OK with the hood, but the wiring has me a bit worried.
Interesting car, in a “lying awake at night, wondering what will break next” kind of way. Looks to be in good overall condition, and a cheap way to get into a 2 door V8 manual trans rear wheel drive unicorn. Question is, could you find someone to buy it from you when that time comes?