We have always been big fans of the V12-powered Jaguar XJS, however when we came across this Chevrolet ZZ502-powered Restomod we said, “No Harm, No Foul!” You can find this cool car here on Autotrader Classics for sale by the private owner in Phoenix, Arizona for the asking price of $22,000, however he is willing to “consider all reasonable offers.”
The owner states that as part of the transformation, he had the body stripped down to bare metal and all imperfections repaired. After adding a cowl induction hood, he had the car painted in C2 Corvette Marina Blue which looks just as stunning on this XJS. To keep the sleeper theme, the owner chromed the original Jaguar wheels. We also love the “502” label above the Corvette Flags badge on the decklid; a very subtle touch to indicate you don’t want to mess with this cat!
The Chevrolet ZZ502 crate motor now installed utilizes a custom headers and dual exhaust that transmits power through a GM TurboHydramatic 700R4 overdrive transmission, which likely makes this a great cruiser on the highway. The seller states that the power train only has 5,000 miles while car shows 67,000 and features what he describes as “an enhanced suspension.” You’ll have to contact him directly to get the details of that. You’ll also need to confirm whether the A/C has been converted. Given the car is currently located in Arizona combined with what looks like a custom compressor on the engine, it probably has, but ask the seller to be sure.
According to the seller, the interior transformation features new cloth and leather upholstery, the conversion of the back seat into a storage area, a custom sound system, refinished burl wood on the dash, and an upholstered trunk. The seller also states that the vehicle has been garaged since restoration.
About the only thing we don’t like are the “Bad Kitty” themed floor mats and that the sale includes, “the vehicle mascot, a plush Jaguar with Harley Davidson jacket.” Candidly, we’d negotiate that to stay with seller. Those nuances aside, this is a stunning Restomod that gives you both performance and reliability this Jaguar never had. It will likely generate a lot of conversation each time you drive into your local Cars & Coffee event with it! Good luck with the sale!