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Car of the month: unique Guy Salmon Jubilee V12 Jaguar XJS coupé

We’ve been lucky enough to work on this unique car. It was originally modified by Guy Salmon to celebrate their 25th anniversary year. They modified five Jaguar XJS cars in total – four convertibles and this rather special coupé.

E57 AUJ before

It came to us needing improvements to its suspension, a full respray and repairs to its engine.

The previous poor repair work and plenty of hidden rust turned the respray job into a bit of a marathon. The body shop did an excellent job converting the original two-tone black and silver scheme to pure black all over – making the Guy Salmon wings on the boot and roof blend in wasn’t easy! However, the results speak for themselves.

E57 AUJ after

The engine was also in a bad state, necessitating the removal of one cylinder head –a very difficult and time-consuming task on this engine – and we found various broken parts inside it.

removing cylinder heads

We took plenty of images to document each stage of this car’s restoration. To view the gallery click here. To see a video clip of the car in action, click here.

How did we do? We’d love to hear what you think about the work we’ve completed. Leave a comment or let us know via Twitter or Facebook.


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  1. Ian Butcher-
    August 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Sir, the information at the top of the article is slightly incorrect, i am in the middle of restoring a Guy Salmon Jubilee xjs coupe and i have seen a burgundy one in the Portsmouth area. Ian

  2. Chris Knowles-
    August 21, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Ian, thanks for your input – we stand corrected! There doesn’t seem to be a lot of history around on these cars. Regards, Chris

  3. Peter Hodge-
    April 10, 2016 at 8:40 pm


    My father has one of these cars in green.
    Any idea what it might be worth?

  4. Chris Knowles-
    April 11, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    In spotless condition and with less than 80000 miles it might fetch £25,000 but as it’s so rare you would have to market it for a long time. Most people don’t know of their existence.

  5. John Deller-
    June 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm


  6. Steve Carter-
    July 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    From Fast Lane magazine May 1985:

    Odd Fish.

    First we had the Guy Salmon Twenty Six – an elongated Jaguar limousine, now there is the similarly ‘tasteful’ Guy Salmon XJS Jubilee, “a car to wear, rather than simply drive”.

    The latest ‘spring fashion’ from the Thames Ditton dealer, a restyled and retrimmed XJS, is to celebrate 50 years of successful trading.

    Three versions are available, with the most expensive, the “Jubilee Special” costing £40,434*, a price which includes such “graceful compliments” as a 24-carat gold plated mini Jaguar grill, gilt bumper tops, side strips and door handles.

    “Emphasising the car’s sleek design” are two rear spoilers, side skirts, rear apron, front spoiler and twin-headlamp pods. The interior doesn’t escape attention either. Reshaped front seats are trimmed in cream leather and blue dralon and are electrically operated. Carpets are thicker, and soundproofing denser.

    Door trims receive the same leather and dralon treatment, and a large wooden steering wheel “hints at the classic car pedigree”. The pompous conclusion suggests: “The Jubilee incorporates exterior modifications and interior styling to provide a vehicle of elegance and style which will appeal to the connoisseur of classic motoring taste.” The connoisseur of pretention more like.

    *£111,000 in today’s money

  7. Chris Knowles-
    July 25, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Thanks Steve – very interesting and amusing! I’ve never seen a GS XJS with all those bells and whistles….
    Our restoration pics here: http://buildgallery.kwecars.com/KWE-Jaguars/E57AUJ-Guy-Salmon-Jubilee-V12

  8. Jim Lawes-
    August 30, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I visited Guy Salmon ‘ s Thames Ditton showroom in 1985/1986 several times and test drove several of the XJSC (Cabriolets). Mr Salmon had an impressive one with the number plate V1. I enjoyed driving a two tone silver and light blue model. I finally bought a 5.3 cabriolet in British Racing Green.. which I still have. It needs renovation!

  9. Jim Lawes-
    August 30, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Correction: Mr Salmon’s number plate
    was V11 .

  10. Chris Knowles-
    August 31, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Sounds good! We’d be happy to carry out any level of restoration. Here’s one we’re doing at the moment: http://buildgallery.kwecars.com/KWE-Jaguars/100PAT/

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