1985 Jaguar XJS V12 – Sold on Craigslist for $4,500

July 27, 2021 Update – We just received word from the current caretaker his Jaguar sold privately for $4,500, so we’re now able to make that car “Sold!”

July 12, 2021 Update – We did not receive an acceptable bid for this Jaguar XJS, so we’ve moved it over to our “Rides Still Available” page where if you can select the “Buy Now” option to purchase this V12-powered Jag for $4,000.

Guys With Rides is pleased to offer this 1985 Jaguar XJS V12 Coupe in an auction for this 1985 Jaguar XJS slick top opened on Monday, June 28, 2021, and will continue through Monday, July 12, 2021, at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard time. This Jaguar is currently located in the Staten Island Burrough of New York City.


To inspect all of the pictures provided, click on the photograph below to enlarge it and then click on the gray “<” and “>” icons to navigate through all of the other stills in this carousel:

We’ve always admired the smoothness of Jaguar’s 5.3L V12 when one is running properly.  That’s why love how well we observed the cold start of this black cat the day we arrived to film it.  Not only does this XJS feature a rare-for-these black exterior, but you’ll also note that unlike most coupes of this vintage, this example does not feature a sunroof.

If you’re looking for a mechanically sorted Jaguar XJS V12 that is only in need currently of cosmetic updates, then this might be the car for you.

First the good:  In our test drive around town, we were impressed by how smooth the Jaguar V12 combined with a three-speed GM TurboHydramatic 400 ran around town.  Just prior to the current caretaker’s purchase, this XJS passed New York State’s rigorous Vehicle Inspection test. The body is very solid with only a minor amount of light surface rust on the wheel arch. You may notice how the passenger side features the European headlight while the driver’s side uses the US standard dual round light setup. The good news is the remaining pair of each style are included as part of the sales, so you can choose which style you would prefer to run (our preference is for the U.S. set up as now it is a bit rarer to come across now that so many cars have been converted to the European style lights over the years.

Now for the bad: The seats need a qualified upholstery shop to restitch some of the front bucket seat seams. The air conditioning and tachometer are currently not operating. While the paint is shiny, we believe a weekend’s worth of paint correction and wax will have this big cat looking even better. While the mid-pipe of this Jag’s exhaust currently rattles in certain situations, a replacement part is included as part of the sale.

Onto the Ugly: Headliners are usually the first interior component to go in these cars, and this Jag has already had its removed, exposing the unsightly insulation.  At some point, the factory aluminum rims were replaced by authentic Dayton wire wheels that unfortunately now exhibit surface rust that may not be repairable. If that’s the case, we would try to source a set of factory aluminum rims to match the spare tire.

The picture below provides the link to the complimentary CarFax for this V12-Powered Jaguar XJS. Click on the picture below to review the complete report:

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 1985 Jaguar XJS V12, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!


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