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When the Jaguar XJR-S was launched in August 1988, Jaguar was riding the crest of a reputational wave, having just claimed its 6th Le Mans victory and, in 1987, won the World Sportscar Championship.

It was a genuinely bespoke model produced by Jaguar Sport - a high-performance wing jointly owned by Jaguar and the Tom Walkinshaw Racing Group. Initially powered by a 5.3-litre V12, the engine was upgraded in 1989 to a bespoke 6.0-litre unit with Zytek fuel injection. It was good for 334 bhp and 160 mph.

Boasting a new forged steel crankshaft, forged alloy pistons, modified air intake and a dual exhaust system, the engine was unique to the XJR-S and was only phased out once Jaguar introduced its own 6.0-litre V12.

The XJR-S proved to be an immediate winner with contemporary journalists. In a Motor Sport magazine group test, the Jaguar handed out a humiliating spanking to a Porsche 928 GT, a BMW 850i and a Ferrari Mondial T – no mean feat.

Motoring journalist Andrew Frankel recalled that test some years later: "Suddenly, almost 30 years on, we realised we were looking at the true successor to the E-type; a car capable of doing to the likes of the Mondial what the E had done to the 250 GT. [...] Yet, unlike in the Porsche 928 GT, there was no fuss, no drama, no deafening din of tyres on bitumen; there was just calm, relaxed and blindingly fast progress".

While the XJR-S may have looked pretty much like a standard Jaguar XJR coupé, virtually every mechanical part was unique. Each car left the factory as a hand-built unit from Jaguar Sport’s manufacturing facility at Bloxham, which had attained legendary status as the skunk-works unit that built the seminal XJ220.

The Vehicle

This car is offered from outside of the European Union. It has been imported under temporary admission customs bond and is therefore subject to Dutch import tax (9%) on top of the winning bid price. Cars less than 30 years old will pay 10% Dutch import tax plus 21% VAT on the hammer. If exporting immediately to another country, then tax/duty will only be paid in that country.

The winning bidder will pay €500 customs charge on top of the ‘hammer’ price.

The winning bidder will receive a receipt for the final hammer value, as their proof of purchase.

This vehicle has been on static display in the Middle East for a number of years and the only history or paperwork available is displayed in the photo gallery. In all cases the papers shown are photocopies unless otherwise stated. We do not have the original paperwork.

Unless otherwise stated, we have not tried to start or drive the car and cannot vouch for its mechanical viability or functionality. The car is not registered anywhere.

It will require recommissioning prior to road use and is sold ‘as seen’.

As CARS Europe BV is the guarantor of all customs duties and taxes for vehicles within Dutch customs bond, the car cannot be released until full payment received.

All storage charges (€30 + local VAT per day commencing from the sixth day following the auction end) must be paid in full prior to the vehicle’s collection or onward transportation. Collection and viewings are strictly by appointment only.

Please send an email to the storage centre to ensure vehicle(s) are ready at time of collection. Photographic ID will be required at time of collection. If a third party is collecting for you, then written authorisation is required in advance from you and photographic ID of the third party is required at the time of collection.

CARS Europe BV will contact you after the balance payment is received to confirm onward transport requirements. For enquiries about import tax and shipping contact Madam Joanna Herlihy, +31 (0) 252 682 526, +44 7483 433912, joanna@carseurope.net.


This LHD auto 1992 Jaguar XJR-S V12 6.0-litre was delivered new to Germany in 1992 and is one of the last of just 431 LHD 6.0 XJR-S models ever made.

It is showing 89,863 kms on its odometer.

It was bought new for the vendor’s collection of static display cars in 2004.

In common with many vehicles from the vendor’s collection, the car comes with very little history and few service records.

It seems to have belonged to a German Professor of medicine for many years and comes with a variety of correspondence, bills, receipts, German DEKRA vehicle safety certification, manuals, handbooks and, last but not least, the radio security code.

It also has a fully stamped (German main dealer) service book from new until 21.04.04, at which point the car had covered 86,823 kilometres.

Clearly, this car was properly maintained and cared for throughout its life and then embarked upon 18 years of inactivity in a warm, dry display environment.

Unsurprisingly, it is in very good overall condition.

We haven’t tried to start or drive the car and can therefore only comment on its cosmetic condition, which we believe is very impressive.

On the Outside

From the provided images, the bodywork appears very good and largely free of any dinks, dents, creases or folds of any consequence.

Similar could be said of the dark green paintwork.

The wheels look to be in decent order and the lights, lenses, badging and most of the exterior trim are also pretty good.

There are some scratches and crazing to the paint on the front bumper.

There is a small, oily mark on the boot lid and a scratch on the passenger side front wing.

There’s also a scratch on the rear driver’s side wing and some paint chips on the rear edge of the boot lid spoiler.

Some of the exterior rubber trim is a little warped in places, the passenger side chrome headlamp surround has come loose, and there is a small patch of delamination on the windscreen.

There is a little bit of surface rust visible inside the seal around the boot lid, where the rubber has worn away and some oxidisation has crept in.

On the Inside

The interior is really very good indeed, with the cream leather upholstery in strong condition both front and back, yet there does appear to be some heavier wear to the driver's seat bolster.

The carpets and mats have also held up well, as have the door cards and headlining.

The wood veneers on the dashboard, centre console and inserts are still rich and glossy, as is the wood-effect finish on the built-in mobile phone (!).

The boot is in good order.

We can’t make any claims about the functionality of switches, knobs, levers, toggles, buttons, dials or other electrics as we haven’t tried to start or drive the vehicle.

The glove compartment still contains tins of travel sweets from Jaguar and the main dealership, supporting our theory that this car has been left pretty much entirely untouched since 2004.

Everything needs a good clean but is in fundamentally impressive condition.


The engine and (very full) engine bay look fine and everything appears to be in its right and proper place.

The undersides, look to have plenty of structural integrity, as far as we can see.

History Highlights

This car comes with the history and service records shown in the documents section – but nothing else.

It must be registered in the country of your choice and you will need to contact the appropriate vehicle licensing agency for instructions on how to do this.

No documents shown in the gallery in any way constitute any kind of licensing or registration certification unless otherwise stated.

What We Think

Provided that the engine and mechanicals are as good as the rest of this rare, powerful, hand-built and highly capable model, then we think this has the potential to be one of the best of the few surviving XJR-S 6.0s out there.

We’re confident to offer this car for auction with an estimate of €5,000 - €8,000.

Viewing is always encouraged, and this particular car is located in a bonded warehouse in Amsterdam, to arrange an appointment please use the Contact Seller button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

Bidders MUST ensure they are aware of the registration situation of a car in auction, and whether it will be possible to export/register a vehicle in their country BEFORE they bid.

All vehicles MUST BE COLLECTED WITHIN 7-DAYS of the auction end. Storage fees of £180 + VAT apply (per week) thereafter without exception.

If needed, Footman James classic car insurance and Classic Concierge offer storage can offer you options, plus we have a list of contacts who can help with transport and shipping both domestic and international.  

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Also, localised paint repairs are common with collectable and classic cars and if they have been professionally carried out then they may be impossible to detect, even if we see the car in person. So, unless we state otherwise, please assume that any vehicle could have had remedial bodywork at some point in its life.

Additionally, please note that most of the videos on our site have been recorded using basic cameras which often result in 'average' sound quality; in particular, engines and exhausts notes can sound a little different to how they are in reality.

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  • Location: Nieuw Vennep, Netherlands
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 89863 kms
  • Chassis Number: SAJJSAE4SEK183385
  • Gearbox: Auto
  • Steering position: Left-hand drive
  • Colour: Blue
  • Interior: Grey Leather
  • Estimated Price: €5,000 - €8,000

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