Turquoise Head Turner
This 1996 Jaguar XJS Celebration convertible is finished in a rare and striking shade of Bright Turquoise. Thanks to climate-controlled, rodent-proofed storage over the years and never being driven during the winter, the condition looks to be excellent.
Noted cosmetic flaws include minor scars with touch-up paint on the bumpers and hood. There is also a slight dimple on the hood where it latches that does not require body or paint work per the owner, who also notes there is no rust present.
The black, power-operated soft top features a heated glass rear window and resides under a cream-colored soft cover when lowered.
To mark the end of production, this Celebration edition came with body-color bumpers, a black front grille, and extensive application of chrome including on the wheel arches, beltline moldings, mirrors, windshield surround, and wheels.
The 16” chrome wheels are wrapped in Michelin tires sized 225/60 with tread conditions documented in the gallery. They frame disc brakes at all four corners.
Exterior highlights include both the Leaping and Roaring Jaguar hood ornaments, Leaping Jaguar fender badges, retractable antenna, and dual exhaust outlets integrated into the rear fascia. Head and tail lamps are shown operating in the gallery.
Classy Connolly Leather
The cabin features Cream Connolly leather-upholstered seats, all four of which have debossed headrest logos – as part of the Celebration model – and contrast piping. Front seats are power-adjustable with memory settings for the driver.
The color extends to the doors, dashboard, and center console with walnut trim accents throughout. Surfaces and wood trim appear to be in very good condition, as does the switchgear with sharp graphics.
Wrapped in black leather and wood, the four-spoke steering wheel frames analog instrumentation. It includes battery and fuel level gauges, a 7,000-rpm tachometer, a 160-mph speedometer with an inset odometer reading 92,831 miles, and gauges for oil pressure and coolant temperature.
Door panels, with brown carpeting sections to match the floor, show well, as do the Jaguar-branded sill covers. Amenities include power accessories, Jaguar-branded floor mats, cruise control, automatic climate control, and dual ashtrays with a lighter mounted in the center console.
The original AM/FM stereo with a tape deck and trunk-mounted CD changer is retained, sitting below the analog Jaguar dashboard clock. Additional highlights include a well-kept carpeted trunk with a covered full-size spare and vehicle battery.
Ready to Cruise
Up front, the original 4.0L AJ16 inline-six is mated to a ZF four-speed automatic driving the rear wheels. This powertrain, upgraded in 1995 over the prior AJ6 model, made 237 hp and 282 lb-ft of torque when. It features a cast magnesium valve cover with green Jaguar branding.
There is currently an intermittent “Brake” warning light that occasionally stays on after start-up, but not always. It typically switches off once driving and has been diagnosed as a sensor issue. Per the owner, the brakes operate properly.
The owner believes they have all service records from the original dealership up to the present and will include them with the sale. The most recent work completed, a battery replacement, was performed in October 2021.
Located in Ottawa, Ontario, this 1996 Jaguar XJS Celebration edition has been under current ownership for the past 15 years, during which 25,000 of the original 92,831 miles have been added.
The original owner purchased the car new from Crown Jaguar of St. Petersburg, Florida in April 1996. The second owner purchased the vehicle in 1999 and imported it to Ottawa. In May 2007, the current and third owner bought this XJS and has kept it covered, heated, alarmed, and in rodent-proofed storage during the winter.
It is a 100% original example that comes with the factory production certificate. The car has won numerous Concours d’Elegance titles with the prior owner, who retained the prizes for their personal collection.
Factory documentation, two sets of keys, and the original jack and tools with pouch will also accompany this stunning Bright Turquoise Jaguar.