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Jaguar XJ-S (1975-1996): books - history and technology

A book on the Jaguar XJ-S (1975-1996)? Here are illustrated books on the history and technology of Jaguar passenger cars.

The Book of the Jaguar XJ-S

New large format edition of the definitive history of Jaguar's E-Type replacement, the XJ-S. More a grand tourer than a sportscar, the controversially styled XJ-S offered a combination of supercar performance and grand tourer luxury. Includes rare photos of the prototypes that didn't make production.

Pages of the book The Book of the Jaguar XJ-S (1)

Author:Brian Long
Specs:160 pages, 25 x 25 x 2.5 cm / 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.98 in, hardback
Illustrations:290 photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2013)
Book: The Book of the Jaguar XJ-S

The Book of the Jaguar XJ-S

Language: English

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Jaguar XJ-S - The Complete Story

James Taylor remembers very well the disappointment among his petrol-head friends when the XJ-S was announced in 1975. It was not a replacement for the legendary E-type; its colours were uninspired; and its interior was drab.
All credit, then, to those people at Jaguar who truly believed in the car and, over a period of nearly 20 years, turned the ugly duckling into a swan.
From the moment the XJ-S HE arrived in 1981, there seemed to be renewed hope, and from then on, the car went from strength to strength to become the much-admired grand tourer it always should have been.

The book contains a timeline of the key events in the history of the XJ-S and an overview of the evolution of the XJ-S from the XJ27 prototype. There are Appendices covering identification/serial numbers, UK showroom prices through the years and sales in the US by year.

Author:James Taylor
Specs:176 pages, 27 x 23 x 1.5 cm / 10.6 x 9.1 x 0.59 in, hardback
Illustrations:192 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:The Crowood Press Ltd (GB, 2019)
Series:The Complete Story
Book: Jaguar XJ-S - The Complete Story

Jaguar XJ-S - The Complete Story

Language: English

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Jaguar XJ-S V12 (1988-1996) - Brooklands Ultimate Portfolio

Brooklands Portfolio book about the Jaguar XJ-S V12 models from the years 1988-1996. Describes the Jaguar XJ-S Brandenburger, Lister, Coupé, Convertible, Automatic, 5.3 litre, 6-litre and JaguarSport XJR-S.

  • The 55 articles, taken from contemporary British and American car magazines, provide much information about history, model changes and technology.
  • Also driving impressions, tests, comparison tests, technical specifications, etc.

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Specs:216 pages, 27 x 19.5 x 1.3 cm / 10.6 x 7.7 x 0.51 in, paperback
Illustrations:500 photographs
Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 1999)
Book: Jaguar XJ-S V12 (1988-1996) - Brooklands Ultimate Portfolio

Jaguar XJ-S V12 (1988-1996)

Language: English

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Jaguar XJ-S - All 6 and 12 cylinder models (1975-1996) - The Essential Buyer's Guide

Perhaps because it was Jaguar's longest-running model ever, there are not only lots of examples of the XJ-S around, there are lots of terrible specimens to trap the unwary. Most XJ-S cars have long since dropped out of the dealer network and good examples are climbing in price but need to be sifted out from amongst the poor examples - often superficially dressed to sell.

This book takes the fear out of buying one of these quick complex cars, by providing a checklist for common problem areas, followed by the core section taking readers methodically through each system in detail and scoring them to arrive at an objective numerical assessment of the car's condition to support a decision to buy or walk away.
Short of employing an XJ-S expert to do the inspection for you, there is no safer way to avoid buying a bad car and end up with the vehicle of your dreams that lives up to expectations rather than becoming a money pit for the unwary.

Author:Peter Crespin
Specs:64 pages, 19.5 x 14 cm / 7.7 x 5.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:113 colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2008)
Series:The Essential Buyer's Guide
Book: Jaguar XJ-S - All 6 and 12 cylinder models (1975-1996) - The Essential Buyer's Guide

Jaguar XJ-S - All 6 and 12 cylinder models (1975-1996)

Language: English

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Jaguar XJ-S: Hommage an den Super-GT

Der Jaguar XJ-S zählt als einer der ganz grossen Gran Turismos längst zu den Klassikern der Automobil-Geschichte. Als Nachfolger des höchst charismatischen E-Type hatte er es zunächst schwer, doch in einundzwanzigjähriger Bauzeit ist die Fangemeinde immer weiter gewachsen.

Dieses Buch schildert lückenlos die Geschichte des phantastischen Reisewagens, bietet eine Kaufberatung, gibt Tipps für Betrieb und Restaurierung - und jede Menge grossartige Bilder.

Pages of the book Jaguar XJ-S: Hommage an den Super-GT (1)

Author:Brian Long
Specs:160 pages, 25.5 x 25 cm / 10 x 9.8 in, hardback
Illustrations:270 photographs
Publisher:Heel-Verlag GmbH (D, 2016)
Book: Jaguar XJ-S: Hommage an den Super-GT

Jaguar XJ-S: Hommage an den Super-GT

Language: German

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You & Your Jaguar XJS (2nd Edition) - Buying, enjoying, maintaining, modifying

The Jaguar XJS was one of the finest grand touring cars of its era even if, when launched in 1975, it raised a few eyebrows. It survived the British Leyland days, Jaguar's privatisation and the takeover by Ford, and is now much in demand as an affordable and practical classic car.

This all-colour book, which covers the full road car and competition history as well as practical matters such as maintenance and modification, will fascinate all Jaguar enthusiasts.

Author:Nigel Thorley
Specs:180 pages, 27 x 21 x 1.6 cm / 10.6 x 8.25 x 0.63 in, hardback
Illustrations:175 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Haynes Publishing (GB, 2005)
Book: You & Your Jaguar XJS (2nd Edition) - Buying, enjoying, maintaining, modifying

You & Your Jaguar XJS (2nd Edition) - Buying, enjoying, maintaining, modifying

Language: English

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Jaguar New XK (2006-2014)

Nigel Thorley

English | paperback | 64 p. | 2015

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