- Chassis # SAJNW4783PC187848
- Engine # 9EPCLA173006
- Equipped With A Rare Factory 5-Speed Manual Transmission
- Finished In Iconic British Racing Green Over Barley Interior
- Showing Just 47,225 Miles From New
- Includes Original Factory Wheels And Spare, Original Window Sticker, Manuals, Jaguar Heritage Certificate, And More.
This car is currently located in: Philadelphia, PA
The period of the 1990s really saw a resurgence of great design and engineering from many car manufacturers and Jaguar was no exception. Their E-Type replacement, the XJS, had been in production since 1975 and through a series of design revisions had become a solid grand touring vehicle. It was not until its second update, in 1991, that the public was really given the true potential of the platform. For this new facelift, the design was smoothed out further, creating a more sleek and aerodynamic profile along with some other basic mechanical alterations. The biggest changes though were the introduction and inclusion of the new 4.0-liter AJ6 engine and the addition of a 5-speed manual transmission. These two items are what really transformed the XJS and when equipped provide the driver with an experience that can only be likened to that of E-type from the 1990s!
Despite the way it transformed the car, the 5-speed manual transmission was not a popular option and in the end, only approximately 62 convertibles were ordered with this option. The XJS was unloved for quite some time but over the last 10 years, these fantastic grand tourers have seen a resurgence in popularity for their sleek good looks and genuine Jaguar character, especially when fitted with the ultra-rare factory manual transmission.
We first learned of this 1993 Jaguar XJS Convertible, chassis number SAJNW4783PC187848, in 2009 and it took us the better part of 10 years to chase it down and get it bought. What really sold us on this particular car and made us pursue it for so long were the combination of the British Racing Green over Biscuit color combination and the ultra-rare 5-speed manual transmission.
Originally sold new to its first owner in Troy, Michigan, it appears that this XJS spent its early years being used regularly and maintained properly. By 2004 it had accrued a total of 43,745 miles. In 2008 it was sold to its second owner located in Pennsylvania, with 44,182 miles on the odometer, which is where we first became aware of this vehicle. We spent the next 10 years pursuing the purchase of this extremely rare example until we were finally given the opportunity to purchase it in 2019 with 46,319 miles on the odometer. We treated this car to a full comprehensive service at Leading Edge Auto Sport in West Chester, PA, after which it found a new home with its 3’rd owner, a good friend and local collector who is the current consignor of the vehicle.
As it sits today, this rare 5-speed XJS convertible has just 48,084 original miles and remains in excellent condition both mechanically and cosmetically thanks to a series of careful and loving owners. Before the current owner decided to list the vehicle for sale with us, we facilitated the fitment of a set of 15” Jaguar Sport Speedline wheels, finished in body color with a machined lip. These were most commonly seen on European spec XJRS but really compliment the sleek styling and give it an awesome extra touch. The original wheels are included with the sale of this vehicle.
This 1993 Jaguar XJS convertible represents the ultimate in what anyone could ask for in a collectible XJS. Finished in its iconic color scheme of British Racing Green over Biscuit interior and fitted with the rare factory 5-speed manual transmission, this XJS is undoubtedly “the one” and ensures that it will remain highly sought after for years to come.
Included with the sale of this vehicle are the original window sticker, original wheels, factory spare, original manuals in their pouch, 3 keys with 2 remotes, Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate, and available service documentation.
body and paint
The finish on this XJS is consistent throughout but not without minor flaws. The paint shows well with the same texture and depth everywhere, but we can find minor imperfections if we study it closely. Including some minor peppering upfront, a scratch on the driver's side fender, and checking paint on the underside of the rear fenders in the right light. As well as some chips on the driver's door edge. A very presentable example and one to be proud of but with some minor imperfections.
glass and trim
The glass is all the original Triplex glass which still has Jaguar Security system stickers in place from new. The trim, brightwork, and rubber items are all presenting nicely with no major issues to note. The top does have an area that could be cleaned up a bit but shows well overall.
The wheels are 15” Jaguar Sport Wheels by Speedline and have been refinished in body color with a turned lip. These wheels were most commonly found on European Spec XJRS’s. The original wheels are included with the sale and remain in good-fair condition and could be reinstalled at any time.
seats and surfaces
The interior is well kept overall, reflective of the mileage in some high traffic areas such as the driver's seat bottom and bolster but is otherwise very well preserved. The wood veneer is free of any issues and the shift knob has been upgraded to a Jaguar burlwood shift knob. The door jams have some light scratching but the rubber is in good condition. The kick panels, door cards, dash, and other components, including the headliner and visors are all in excellent condition as are the interior brightwork and other plastic items.
functionality and accessories
The only item not currently functioning is the map lights. Otherwise, all interior components are in working order including the top, seats, HVAC, and radio, however, the antenna is inoperable and will require repair including a new rubber grommet where it comes out of the body.
engine bay and trunk
The engine bay is well preserved overall having been serviced and tended to with most areas retaining their original/correct finishes or coatings. Some minor areas of corrosion or missing stickers are present as well as some minor damage to the hood pad. A nice driver quality engine bay but perhaps slightly above average for the mileage.
The trunk area is complete without any issues to note, clean and correct.
The underside shows as the mileage would suggest. A little dirty but solid and without any major corrosion to note.
The engine starts easily, runs strong, and holds good oil pressure and temperature. There are no unwanted noises, smoke, or the like. The performance is excellent from the 4.0L straight 6 and it feels like a proper Jaguar.
The transmission is where this XJS shines. The factory 5-speed manual operates exactly as it should with no issues to note.
brakes and suspension
The brakes, suspension, and steering are all incorrect and current working order with no issues to note. This care has benefited from recent servicing which also included an alignment.
Currently fitted are Pirelli P600 235/60 R15 tires on all 4 corners and are new.
Reminiscent of the E-Type the 5-speed manual in the XJS transforms the experience. In a convertible format with the Speedline wheels, this Jag is inviting and invigorating. Performing exactly as it should, as a convertible, it feels right, looks good, and provides for a well-rounded experience. A beautiful machine from an undervalued part of Jaguar's history.
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