The easy way to add power and performance to an old Jaguar XJS is to remove the mechanically complex V12 and shove an American V8 under the hood…or shove it through the hood. Today’s pushrod V8 powered XJS has a gigantic vision obscuring blower sticking up through the hood and a nitrous bottle sitting in the back seat. Find this 1986 Jaguar XJS V8 Swap offered for $9,700 in Brooklawn, NJ via craigslist.
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.
The Jaguar XJS was one of the prettiest things to ever grace the roads in the 20th century. Sure, it wasn’t as drop-dead gorgeous as the E-Type it replaced, but it conformed to safety and crash standards that mutilated the good looks of many other vehicles and the XJS survived with only a few changes over an impressive 21 year lifespan. Production of the Malcolm Sayer and Doug Thorpe designed 2+2 started in 1975, had a minor makeover in 1982, and a more significant re-design in 1992 and the last cars left the factory in 1996. Today’s example is one of the last of the pre-Ford takeover cars and is even more ANTI-Ford with an injection of Chevy’s LT1 V8 under the hood. Seems like a lot of car for the asking price if you ask me…and you did ask, right? Find this 1990 Jaguar XJS offered for $7900 in Stoughton, WI via craigslist.
I don’t like posting cars that are “expensive” and this next car is no cheap and depreciated luxury barge…but…BUT…it features the second most beautiful shape from Jaguar (first is the E-Type…hands down) and it is equipped with the rarely-seen-on-this-side-of-the-ocean manual gearbox. This is a combo that is hard to beat. Find this 1993 Jaguar XJS offered for $25,000 near Houston, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
There are two types of V8 swapped Jaguars out there roaming around the streets. The first is the carburetor fed Chebby 350 powered versions — these are built by sellers who are sick of paying crazy Jag V12 maintenance costs and can be fun. The second type of swap is the paradigm presented by KWE Cars, which is where you upgrade and make the entire package better with technology and a steady stream of cash. The sell claims $40k to convert it and if that is true, then paying less than $15k is a smokin deal. Find this 1989 Jaguar XJS V8 Swap offered for $14,500 in Wickenburg, AZ via craigslist.
I haven’t made up my mind about this next car…so I’m going to post it and let you guys tell me if it is right on the money or a bridge too far. Anyway, the background behind this car is that back in the 80s the management at Jaguar didn’t want to spend the money […]
Happy New Year to everyone — enjoy the opportunity to remake yourself with a new beach body, new hairdo, or new car. Beach bod is going to require too much time at the gym, and your hairline has receded into last decade, so a car it is!! Find this 1977 Jaguar XJS offered for sale or […]
The Jaguar V12 engine was launched in 1971 for 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…and MANY years later you can get one for the price of a years worth of […]
The Jaguar XJS was a luxury grand tourer that survived with only a few changes over an impressive 21 year lifespan. Production of the Malcolm Sayer and Doug Thorpe designed 2+2 started in 1975, had a minor makeover in 1982, and a more significant re-design in 1992 and the last cars left the factory in […]
Last week we posted a few questionable Jaguar machines that had been Chevified with a carburetor fed small block mated to a TH350 slushbox, but today I’ve got a fuel injected Jaguaro with a 6-speed manual box…but you’ve seen this car before when it sold for something above $7k. Find this 1980 Jaguar XJS with […]