Investment in history: the experience of owning a Jaguar XJ-SC

Last summer I was lucky to get acquainted at once with two representatives of the family XJ-S. Maroon beauties of different years of manufacture struck aristocratic article, luxury saloons and V12 whisper. Today, I am visiting their younger brother with half the number of cylinders, but, oddly enough, more sporty character.


F ormalno dvuhdverka Tudor White color – a classic targa with removable roof panels. Combinations for every taste: you can open the sky only for a loved one or to invite a girlfriend and enjoy the sun bath together. If you arm yourself with Allen, then a minute later, taking off the back cover, get one hundred percent Convertible feeling. The rigid rear section – option, popular in the US market. For twenty minutes it can be replaced on the rear soft top extending in the standard. According yaguarovskoy classification it is convertible, at that hints letter C in the title. Model with a full soft top was called the Convertible. Her appearance in 1987 put an end to unpopular Targa career – all were produced 5200 copies of the XJ-SC.

The new body is completely reshaped unique British profile. But deprived of the famous flying racks that were at one time a favorite target for critics models, Jaguar has not lost a single gram of aristocracy.

There are other differences between the coupe with V12. More large forehead hood hints at hidden underneath a younger engine. Jaguar S Type plate on the radiator grille includes Sport: on the strange logic of such marks were worthy only XJ-S a row "six". 3.6 Inscription on the rear bumper – the last item in the list: five-spoke wheels, generous chrome fittings and exhaust divorced with modest by modern standards identical nozzles flagship.


When I was a child, the parents once took me to the knights' hall of the Hermitage – and regretted it badly. Not otherwise possessed by demons, I was running through the halls, groaning and moaning with delight and nothing was able to stop me. Zasmotrevshis in the window with the old musket, I rammed her forehead, alarmed all the surrounding caretaker-grandmothers. Square meters Connolly leather and cubic meters of wood classic Jaguars always give rise to similar feelings in me.

In comparison with last year's 12-cylinder couple interior XJ-SC – the bulwark of sound conservatism. Black leather harmonizes perfectly with metal studs and door moldings side windows management. Finishing ash more interesting banal walnut root and, more importantly, found even less frequently. Panels of this tree are no longer put in the XJ-S from the middle of 1986. Options, including electric windows and mirrors, climate control and music, not amazing, but it was the most out of what they could offer the British in the early '80s.

If the front of the cabin XJ-SC is identical to the coupe, then look back, once you understand the difference. Instead, the rear "child seats" makes XJ-S coupe classic 2 + 2 in Targu-established this lockable drawers. Bags can be thrown directly to the box. The longitudinal metal plates to protect it from damage the upholstery, and a vertical handrail will not give your belongings fly under the seat during heavy braking. Travel suitcase for a large tourism is more convenient to put in the trunk, slightly surpassing the special bag for the removable roof panels. To the envy of the compartment in XJ-SC even have pockets for cards!

In move

Under the hood, XJ-SC – the pride of the British motor company, inline six AJ6 volume of 3.6 liters. The all-aluminum engine produces 225 hp, the development of which the British have invested more than 21 million pounds, is the third engine developed directly on Jaguar. Having gone through several upgrades to increase the volume and installing the compressor, the engine survived right up to the end of the nineties, having to go under the hood of various Jaguar, Daimler and even Astonov.

Alas, the sound at low and medium engine speeds – not its strongest feature. Compared with motor V12 chirping symphony row "Six" – that the sewing machine. But the younger rehabilitated quickly: after 3 000 rev / min, the sound of the "six" thanks to a proprietary exhaust system, unchanged on all versions of XJ-S and XJ Series 3, sings already very generous.

Jaguar XJ-SC
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But the highlight of the Targa is not the engine. Paired with the engine employs a five-step mechanics Getrag 265, known for a variety of models of BMW and GM. Why a "handle" in the nearly five-meter double GT, trimmed in the style of the lodge of the British Parliament? It's simple. In a country famous for its winding paths and brisk sports car, without a "hot" version does not. Especially Jaguar.

Let the paper in dispersal to hundred V12 and give younger only a fraction of seconds odds, mechanics radically changed the character of the car. Instead of strong, but smooth acceleration CVT-the V12, I get a sharp jump. The reverse side of the sports habits found on the spot: a short first gear still search. The rate barely reached 30 km / h, and the wild cat under the hood already ranting and raving. Go to the second pickup gives serious – Jaguar rushes forward, as if he saw a wounded gazelle. With unaccustomed to walk such a beast in humans – one torment, but got stuck in traffic, you can earn a nervous breakdown. Harmony that allows to get along with Jaguar in any habitat, is only possible through long-term joint training.

Break free, predator sighs deeply. Confident pickup beginning at 1600 rev / min, is replaced by an avalanche accelerate after 3000 rev / min. The element of "mechanical" Jaguar – speed winding highway. Together with the front end off his almost hundredweight curb weight with respect to the flagship version, the cat willingly dives into corners. Rear anti-roll bar, coming as standard on all versions with the "six", is clearly out of place.

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Cancel smoothness, struck me in the coupe, it will not go away. Jaguar arrogantly oblivious to surprise Russian roads. Spitting on him and that he in the minority with respect to their relatives with the V12. Connoisseurs of such exotics were few – have seen the light only 1083 copies XJ-S with the mechanics. In Russia, a targa with a box at all unique. Excellent investment in history.

purchase history

Sergey – a longtime fan and collector of classic Jaguars and white XJ-SC was found them by accident in California. The model itself is not so rare, but the history of a particular instance of forced to pay attention to it.

In 1984, the XJ-SC for a year sold in Europe, but has not been delivered in the United States. Several American gray dealers wishing to explore the market, ordered a batch of 20 cars with row "six" of 3.6 liters and mechanics. The experiment was unsuccessful – XJ-SC in this specification never officially delivered to the US, so that in 1987 no alternative version with a V12 was offered to the Americans.

Our XJ-SC, issued Aug. 5, 1984 – one of the "test" cars. After shipment of the German dealer, he was sent to California, where he earned a lighting equipment that meets local standards.

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By Sergey Jaguar was in 2014 – waited until the car turns 30 years old, he was able to legally import it into Russia. Mileage was 26 000 miles. Transparency history of the car (in the US XJ-SC had at least two owners) confirmed certificate Jaguar Heritage.


Car from California: for any yangtaymera this means no rust and there are problems of excess ultraviolet radiation. XJ-SC affected the majority of them – Sergei had to change all cracked gum and buying a new roof. The longest search took rubber seal rear window: windows themselves – as they want, and no gum. The required item was found in the dismantling in England. Eraser, judging by the state, has been removed from an abandoned car – had to recover. By the way, Jaguar's paintwork was cracked, though, but in good condition. Recolors was not only polished.

Seats had to re-pull: cracked at the seams of the original skin leaves no chance to recover. Faded wooden panels are also required replacement. Finding windshield (wind deflector for Jaguar parts catalog) took almost a year. Luck smiled Sergei at an exhibition in England.

Putting the European optics, Sergei returned XJ-SC original appearance, he had received at birth.

Jaguar XJ-SC

In Jaguar's under the hood is still preserved the original hoses and all factory labels, so the technique cost low. Fingering suspension, engine got a new valve cover gasket and fuel regulator, a new brake fluid reservoir was installed, replaced injector seals, all fluids and consumables.


Along with the car, Sergei got documents on the passage over the past 5 years. According to them, the Jaguar was serviced in 2014, and the next something to recommend at run 28 700. Now the odometer shows 28,100 miles.

model history

Coupe Jaguar XJ-S appeared in 1975. The car was developed under the leadership of the new brand owner – British Leyland company. Dvuhdverka was completed only engine V12, but due to low sales (16,000 copies sold in five years of production) was replaced in 1980 to modify the XJ-S NOT. Coupe 295 hp power It could boast reduced to 20% of fuel appetite that has allowed to increase sales peaking in 1986 (more than 6 700 vehicles).

In 1983, the XJ-S returned to production scale, at the same time finding a younger version of row "six" 3.6. In the same year there was a double targa XJ-SC, which until 1985 was completed only junior motor, and only then received a V12 and the machine. In 1987, this option is not particularly popular, was taken out of production, replaced by a full gig.

In 1991, a full restyling was held. The car has received an updated exterior, a revised interior with a redesigned instrument panel and the modified engines ( "six" and 4.0 V12 6.0), was called now the XJS. As such, the coupes and convertibles were made until 1996, when they were replaced by a family of Jaguar XK.

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