2020 Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction

1983 Jaguar XJ-S HE Coupe


Wednesday 3 June 8.01pm AEST*



Engine 5.3 litre V12
Gearbox Four-speed Automatic
Engine No. 8S2288PSB
Chassis No. SAJJNAEY3BC/110045
Body Work Coupe
Colour Cobalt Blue
Interior Beige
Trim Leather
Wheels Factory Jaguar Alloy
Brakes Disc/disc

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Introduced at the 1975 Frankfurt Motor Show, the XJ-S ushered in a new generation of GT motoring from Jaguar with elegant styling, superlative performance and exceptional luxury. It remained in production for the best part of two decades - testament to the popularity of the original concept and quality of the design. The XJ-S was powered by the superbly refined and smoothly powerful 60-degree all-alloy V12, with a single overhead camshaft per bank, fuel injection and 285bhp produced from 5.3-litres to provide effortless performance. In 1981, the XJ-S was updated to become the HE with a new high compression cylinder head design giving a noticeable improvement in fuel economy without sacrificing performance, while the interior also benefited from the addition of wood and chrome missing in the ‘70s original. Further developments included the adoption of anti-lock brakes. The XJ-S represents excellent value for money and most pundits agree prices can only increase for good specimens - while ownership brings great rewards.


  • 1983 Jaguar XJ-S HE
  • Stunning Cobalt Blue
  • Fitted with later ’88 interior
  • Very nice car
Rebuilt by arguably Australia’s pre-eminent Jaguar specialist, this very nice 1983 XJ-S HE is finished in beautiful Cobalt Blue, a stunning shade of blue-green-grey metallic that is one of the standout colours of the era. Its paint is in near perfect condition, complimented by good exterior chrome and a good set of those great-looking period XJ-S alloys. Inside, it’s been fitted with a later-model (1988) interior with the factory Recaro-style scalloped front bucket seats. The beige leather of the seats and door trims are in great condition, showing just a little bit of wear, and the blonde wood highlights are excellent, as are the tan carpets. A modern Alpine stereo is fitted (the manual comes with the car) to an interior that is in great condition and has obviously been well looked after. Aside from the performance offered by the big 5.3 litre V12 engine, it sounds the business too with a sports exhaust fitted. A lovely car, possibly the best example we’ve seen, it comes with an original owner’s handbook and a small amount of paperwork. Originally built for a customer and subsequently run by a close family member of the specialist, this ’83 XJS has been thoroughly maintained to the highest standard. This 1983 Jaguar XJ-S HE is being offered here for sale unregistered.
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