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1995 Jaguar XJS Celebration Coupe

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  • Mileage~144,000
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine4.0L
  • LocationAshford (Kent)


1995 Jaguar XJS Celebration Coupe

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Darren Rungasamy
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On the open road, the Jaguar XJS is currently one of the best value long-distance cruisers out there. Late-model "Celebration" six-pot cars offer a tremendous experience for the money.

The Jaguar XJS is a fascinating story of how it developed from an unwanted gas-guzzler into one of the classiest swingers in town. Born out of the strife that was British Leyland, Jaguar, against all odds battled away to make it into one into a well-liked grand-tourer. The car had been in production for 21 years, but its the later post-1991 Series 3 cars are the ones most buyers are attracted to. By this time the XJS was not only sleeker but also used galvanised steel body parts, accentuated by the use of the silky 4.0-litre AJ-16 six-cylinder engine.

Simons car has been well used but also well looked after. In the real world, this is a huge advantage as the XJS uses an engine that needs to run on a regular basis and when maintained goes for miles and miles. Finished in a subtle "Ice Blue" paint, this car is one of the last XJS to roll off the line, so benefits from both developmental and build quality advantages.

This auction listing was written by Darren, from information supplied by Simon the owner, having provided photographs of the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I purchased the car in October 2000 and used it as my everyday driver for five years, then as my “weekend” car.

Simon bought the car when it was just five years old in 2000. Despite the excellent overall condition of the car, he chose to Waxoyal when he bought it, with an additional treatment when he upgraded the suspension to Aston Martin DB7 springs and shock absorbers. This is quite a significant modification, as it has sharpened the cornering while maintaining the cruising ability.

Now Simon has retired, he has bought a cabriolet car to replace the XJS. It is not without regret, as he says the Jaguar has been very reliable. Only once did it let him down in his twenty years of ownership, relying on the cars 'limp mode' to get him home, just the kind of relatability you expect from the run-out XJS.

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The XJS has worn its years very well. The combination of regular use and careful attention has benefitted this example.

Wheels and Tyres

Being a Celebration model, this car features the diamond turned 16" wheels, we love the look on the XJS.

The alloys and Pirelli tyres are in excellent order with no evidence of major scuffs and kerbing and well within the legal tread limits.


Overall the metal is excellent condition, with no signs of accident repair or overspray. There are some rust bubbles on the top of the windscreen and sill. Typically there are minor age-related imperfections, with minor wear and tear on the front and rear bumpers, door edges.


Jaguar really sorted out the quality of these cars in the '90s so the finish and coverage of the paint are as to be expected. The lustre and finish are excellent, and the colour match is even throughout.

Glass and Trim

The XJS relies on the detailing, with a mix of chrome, rubber and plastic to complement the imposing styling. The good news is that these items are in excellent condition. The glass rubber are good, with no major signs of cracking. The glass is clear, with no fogging or major scratches.


The XJS combines the glamour of a '70s car in a '90s package which enables the driver to deal with modern road conditions with ease.

Seats and Carpets

Being a Celebration, the cars feature the leaping Jaguar embossed into the headrests on the front seats, and considering its regular use, the interior is wearing its age well.

The carpets are damp-free and not excessively worn. All the seats are in good condition, with no rips or sagging. The driver's seat shows sign of wear, with the usual bolster wear and age-related cracking. The rear seats are almost untouched, with the carpets in a similar state. The boot carpet shows signs of regular use.


The XJS comes with an impressive level of standard kit, including ABS, airbags, air conditioning, cruise control, electric seats/windows/mirrors and original Jaguar sound system.

The dashboard top is in excellent condition with no cracks. The veneer finish across the whole of the interior still maintains its sheen. The headlining has minor signs of sagging. Take a look through the photos and video.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The wood steering wheel and gear knob complements the 'old-worlde' charm of the XJS, with the minimum of wear and damage.

This was another feature unique to the Celebration, with the wood trim extending to the door cards too.


The AJ-16 engine gave the car a reputation for reliability, and the XJS is best at relaxing at 70mph for long periods of time, a true GT.

Engine and Gearbox

The 4.0-litre engines are known for their durability and mechanical reliability, regular servicing and the owner's ability to keep on top of any issues has meant there have been no significant problems in the 20 years of ownership.

Suspension and Brakes

The car has benefitted from the typical upgrade of DB7 springs and Monroe shock absorbers which has sharpened the cornering and improved the sporty feel, whilst still maintaining the silky-smooth cruising capability. The brakes are said to be in good order.

The Drive

Never designed to be an out and out sports car, the XJS has always been best suited for the open road and long-distance travel.

However, it is still an agile car to drive, with plenty of power and the irresitable charm of the long slung driving position surrounded by leather and wood.

Electrics and Other

All the electrics, with the exception of the air-conditioning, are fully functioning. A benefit of a car that was in production for 21 years is that any issues that effected the original car were ironed out by the '90s and these later versions are almost a world apart from the British Leyland products.

History and Paperwork

This 1995 car comes with the benefit of 20 years of maintenance by the same owner.

Simon has kept on top of the important issues with this car, although the later models are significantly better than the originals, maintenance is a must.

The dilligent service history, with the regular maintenance bills and careful driving, makes this one example something of a rarity in a minefield of '90s cars. The car has just been serviced ready for the new owner and has a recent MOT.

We've performed our usual checks in the form of; seller ID, V5C, HPi.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
27.07.1998 Service 34,298
16.02.1999 Service 42,620
22.11.1999 Service 51,746
11.10.2000 Service 59,302
21.11.2000 Service 60,193
20.08.2001 Service 69,882
18.06.2003 Service 89,487
19.10.2004 Service 99,294
15.09.2005 Service 106,957
22.06.2006 Service & MOT 113,863
26.05.2007 Service & MOT 122,083
29.05.2008 MOT 124,872
27.05.2009 MOT 126,429
20.08.2009 Service -
24.05.2010 MOT 127,347
02.06.2011 MOT 128,939
22.10.2012 MOT 131,984
17.05.2013 MOT 132,783
31.05.2013 Service 132,838
04.08.2014 MOT 134,784
27.07.2015 MOT 136,970
12.08.2016 MOT 138,857
24.08.2017 MOT 139,646
04.10.2017 Service 140,071
10.08.2018 MOT 141,494
20.08.2019 MOT 143,041
02.09.2020 MOT 143,847
12.10.2020 Service 144,022
Key Details
  • ModelXJS Celebration
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date1995
  • CC3980
  • Mileage144,024
  • ColourIce Blue
  • Interior ColourGrey
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #SAJNAED3EJ223200
  • MOTSeptember 2021
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Tyre BrandPirelli
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~20 years
  • Key Feature20 years with the same owner

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£5,400 bid by davidconnor 30.10.2020 @ 17:53:00
£5,005 bid by ATW 30.10.2020 @ 17:40:44
£4,750 bid by davidconnor 30.10.2020 @ 17:21:26
£4,224 bid by ATW 30.10.2020 @ 17:20:15
£4,000 bid by davidconnor 30.10.2020 @ 16:55:29

Last questions.
Were the exhaust leaks on the MOT fixed? If so how?
Was the corrosion to the ferrules and suspension components addressed?

Simon gambold
Simon gambold

Not aware of those issues? I am travelling now for next three hours, will respond to further questions after that.


No worries. Just over zealous MOT people.


Hello Simon, your car looks very loved and looked after. I myself have had 2 XJS cars. An early Facelift (written off by a BMW driver (at least he stopped) in London and a twin headlamp Celebration. Does your vehicle have an immobiliser / alarm? Any fluid leaks / puddles etc., Windscreen chips cracks Electric issues: mirrors, lights staying on, aerial etc., battery needing to be disconnected to avoid it running flat. Do you have any pics of the under carriage, suspension etc., Has anything been welded or plates put in the foot wells. Any moisture or damp in the… Read more »

Simon gambold
Simon gambold

Hi, thanks for the questions. OK let’s see: It has the immobilizer but I have not used it for a while, the locks tend to stick so the alarm goers off. I just use the key to lock it. No windscreen chips, or electric issues, I keep it on a trickle charge and it has a new battery every couple of years. I sent some pics to trade classics of underside, the suspension was renewed in 2007 with DB7 upgrades o should be fine. No leaks in football, floors all look fine. The iron has not been used for years,… Read more »


Thanks SImon. All very honest.
Did the DB7 ugrade effect the insurance. Is the ride hard.
Does the car tramline? ie drift to the road camber.
Does the central door locking mechanism work?
Am new to the whole auction thing but i like the security. Are there viewings?

Simon gambold
Simon gambold

No footman James said no extra. Ride is slightly firmer but compromise is much improved cornering. Yes it does Tramline e, yes locking works. Whole point of this is no viewings I thought.

£3,000 bid by Tarleton 23.10.2020 @ 14:13:46

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