The Jaguar E-Type is considered to be one of the finest cars in British motoring history, so you can imagine the trepidation in 1975, when Jaguar decided to replace the E-Type with the XJR.
The XJR, did live up to its billing, with the distinctive ‘flying buttresses’ and the E-Type’s iconic 5.3 litre V12 engine, now fuel injected, it had impressive performance, reaching a top speed of 143 mph and acceleration of 0 to 60 in just 7.6 seconds.
In 1988, a special XJR-S version was produced by JaguarSport, a separate company owned by 50:50 by Jaguar and TWR with a distinctive body kit, special alloy wheels and suspension and handling improvements.
The first 100 of these cars were termed ‘Celebration Le Mans’ to commemorate Jaguar’s 1988 win at Le Mans and were exclusively only sold in the UK. Between 1988 and 1989 a total of 326 XJR-S cars were produced with the standard 5.3-litre engine, before the change was made in 1989 to include a 6.0-litre engine with a Zytek engine management system.