Sleek and Silver
The tungsten grey finish on this 1988 XJ-S presents very well thanks to a recent freshening of body panels. That extends to the condition of the blacked-out front-end treatment, which was one of the options offered on the XJ-S TWR.
A subtle and rare option found on these cars is the TWR V12 badge positioned up front. Other highlights include the Jaguar-branded fog lamp covers, Roaring Jaguar hood emblem, headlamp wipers, and of course that wonderfully long hood.
Chrome work on the side mirrors and trunk all display a high level of shine. Out back, the distinctive buttress design frames a recessed windshield. Another option offered on these TWR-enhanced Jags is the TWR JaguarSport rear emblem with the polished dual-twin exhaust outlets a part of the Efficiency Kit.
Authentic TWR wheels produced by Italian manufacturer Speedline are yet another part of this detailed tribute that add a killer retro vibe. Showing very well with minor scuffing, the wheels measure 16 x 8.0” up front and 16 x 8.5” out back. They are wrapped in Continental Extreme Contact rubber all around.
As seen in the gallery, undercarriage condition is thoroughly documented and looks very good. This car has never been driven in the winter, never been in an accident, and has no rust per the owner. To that end, the car has received an annual rust-prevention oil spray.
Rare Three Pedal Special
The cabin features gray leather upholstery on the seats with the color extending to the center console and carpets. Front seats are heated and power-adjustable with wear noted in the gallery. Rear seats look to be in good overall condition.
Burl wood trim shows well on the dashboard, extending to the center console and door panels. The air conditioning has been converted to R134 and blows cold per the seller. Amenities include cruise control and dual ashtrays with lighter in the center console. The factory stereo with tape deck has been retained.
An authentic TWR steering wheel, wrapped in black leather, has been fitted as part of the tribute along with plaques on the center console and door noting the model, chassis number, and build date. Medallions from the Jaguar Drivers Club and Jaguar Concours d’Elegance Monaco are mounted as well.
Instrumentation consists of a central set of barrel-style dials for coolant temperature, oil pressure, fuel level, and battery voltage. They are flanked by a JaguarSport-branded 260 km/h speedometer with inset odometer reading 150,705 km (93,644 mi) and 7,000-rpm tachometer.
The door sill plates, further TWR tribute elements, feature the JaguarSport logo along with race wins and a Celebration Build marking. As seen in the gallery, a covered spare is mounted in the trunk. Flaws include cracks in the dashboard and fraying on the leather shift boot.
5 Speeds, 12 Cylinders
Under that long hood is the original 5.3L V12 that features red JaguarSport valve cover plaques and TWR JaguarSport plates to match those in the cabin, as well as a TWR-embossed air intake trumpet.
Though a few hundred XJ-S V12 cars were fitted with a four-speed manual transmission in the 1970s, only the special order TWR models from the eighties could be had with a five-speed.
As part of the tribute build, the car up for auction today features a Borg-Warner/Tremec T5 five-speed manual that replaces the original automatic transmission, which was professionally rebuilt by Halton Transmission at 138,000km. Fully sorted, it was installed with a new clutch and proper pilot bearing. It has been in use for approximately 13,000km (8,000 miles).
The transmission features an overdrive fifth gear for improved acceleration and a noticeable bump in fuel economy. Per the owner, at 72 mph, the engine runs at 1,900 rpm versus the 2,900-rpm recorded with the original automatic.
Significant suspension work has been done as part of this build including larger front and rear sway bars – to match TWR specification – with new rear links. Poly steering rack bushings are installed to quicken steering, a result TWR achieved with valving.
New trailing arms with poly bushings have been added along with dual rear Koni dampers, all of which improves the handling without a degradation in the ride, per the seller. Using the TWR Efficiency Kit, the exhaust system has been “opened up”. Running quiet during normal operation, it “makes itself known” under brisk acceleration.
The owner notes that the car is completely sorted mechanically with service records for the past 13 years included with the sale. The most recent work consisted of an engine oil and filter change.
Tribute Done Right
Located in Oakville, Ontario, this 1988 Jaguar XJ-S TWR tribute has been with the current owner – who is a Jaguar Club concours judge – for 13 years. It is being sold on behalf of the owner by a personal friend.
A Canadian car from new, this XJ-S shows 150,705 km (93,644 mi), 45,060 km (28,000 mi) of which have been added by the owner. It has been run exclusively with premium non-ethanol fuel.
Estimates put total production of these special Jags at maybe a couple hundred as the TWR factory was said to be capable of producing only three per week. Laden with authentic components and hard-to-find details like the TWR V12 front-end badge, this rare Jag is just waiting to show off with its next caretaker.