Indiscrete Twin Carbs: 1989 Jaguar XJS V12
The Jaguar V12 (1971-1997) engine was first sold in the E-Type road car, but the design was originally created for the mad XJ13 LeMans racer. A few years later, the engine was stuffed into the Malcolm Sayer/Doug Thorpe designed XJS, which is/was a beautiful car from any angle…except from the window at the service writer’s office of your local Jag repair shop. These things are expensive and fiddly to keep on the road and the fuel injection system (introduced in 1975) used a Bosch D-Jetronic design that was built by Lucas…so you’ll spend a lot of time wishing you had twin carburetors poking through the hood like you are riding on a mechanical antelope. Find this 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 offered for $5000 in Indiana, PA via craigslist. Tip from ME.
From the seller:
1989 Jaguar xjs
Listed 4 weeks ago in Indiana, PA
About This Vehicle
Driven 70,859 miles
Exterior color: Grey · Interior color: Black
Fuel type: Gasoline
This vehicle is paid off
V12 modified to dual carbs
Only thing wrong with it is it needs a new hose from radiator to engine because of this whenever the engine revs (heats up) coolant leaks out of the hose, so car will need trailered or fixed on the spot
Runs drives shifts great
Even the heat works, no ac though
I have videos of it running upon request
See a better way to drive something where carb tuning can be done at the next stop light? firstname.lastname@example.org
The twin carbs through the hood got my attention, and the 110v plug protruding through the shifter console sealed the deal. 10/10.
I am in complete agreement. The icing on the cake for me was the rubber anti-slip mat covering on the console.
Modern solutions to modern problems!
Nice XJS, but it’s got nothing on this classic: https://i0.wp.com/www.curbsideclassic.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Redneck-Jag.jpg?resize=448%2C336