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Classic Car Buyer’s price guide indicates good times for XJS owners

In line with recent news that classic cars are becoming an increasingly good investment opportunity, we’ve compiled a table, using data from Classic Car Buyer, illustrating more clearly the rising values of all XJS models, no matter what the condition.

The Classic Car Buyer price guide is compiled with reference to a variety of sources, including clubs, auction results and advertisements, both printed and online. It is impossible to accurately value a specific vehicle without examining the car first.

The listings below are intended to provide a useful guide only, and were valid on 22nd July 2015. Asking prices can vary widely between different examples of the same model. Our figures relate to private sales online. Dealer prices and values for insurance purposes are generally higher.


Classic car Jaguar XJS prices

Data gathered from Classic Car Buyer and valid on 22 July 2015. ‘Before’ price refers to value in 2013.

Note: Conditions listed refer to the following:

  • Condition 1: First class condition and well cared for throughout its life
  • Condition 2: Good condition with legitimate MOT and on the road. May require some TLC
  • Condition 3: In need of major restoration work

The value of XJS cars has rocketed between 2013 and the current date, as seen in the table. These prices reflect the current classic car market in general, which continues to do well, with some models, such as the XJS, increasing in value at a more rapid rate. As prices continue to rise, it’s the perfect opportunity to buy that classic Jaguar XJS you’ve always dreamed of.

Red convertible jaguar XJS for sale

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  1. Nigel Sharp-
    January 20, 2016 at 12:18 am

    I have a chance to buy an exceptionally tidy 4.0 convertible, registered 1993 with a genuine 43,000 miles and long test. Have you an idea of its worth. The car is in solid red with magnolia leather and auto gearbox. All MOT’s and service history. Nigel.

  2. Chris Knowles-
    January 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    We’d say around £18,000

  3. Gary Scott-
    March 27, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I am wondering if you can tell me if I own a rare version of the XJS.
    It is a 4.0 litre convertible factory manual 5 speed. I have never seen another, it is one owner and I believe that the first owner was Jaguar cars.
    Built in 1995 it has all the celebration extras, except the embossed seats. Someone once said it could have been an experimental celebration prototype, but this is not confirmed.
    I would be grateful if you had any info on these manual convertibles.


    Gary Scott.

  4. Chris Knowles-
    March 29, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Hi Gary, the factory-fit manual box on the 4 litre was unusual but not really rare. We have worked on several, and it was a factory option. I don’t know exactly how many were made, but I’d guess several hundred. Chris.

  5. John Grieves-
    May 13, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I am trying to obtain a fair value guide for a 1984 XJS-C 3.6. This has been in the family since new and only has 35K miles. It is in fairly good health and has just been through its MOT having the clutch and brakes fixed and no further advisory information. I am trying to look for comparables, but especially with the twin headlights, I am finding it very hard. As the transaction will be between brothers, we are just looking to exchange at a relatively fair value. Any help with a price would be appreciated.

  6. Chris Knowles-
    May 18, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Apologies for slow reply – I have been away. The twin headlamps will not affect the value significantly. With this low mileage, recent MoT and assuming few or no blemishes on the paintwork, and sensibly rust-free underneath then I’d estimate around £12k. If there are the usual scrapes and rust then perhaps £10k.

  7. Stephen Giles-
    May 23, 2016 at 1:38 am

    I have owned a 1986 Jaguar XJS-C 5.3 V12 for the past 18 years. Its been garaged since I bought it and covered only a couple of thousand miles in that time current milage just under 77000. Just passed a rigourous MOT as the tester knows I want to sell it. He also commented how solid the car is underneath with no rust at all. Its tudor white with blue leather interior. A few marks on the bodywork not rust but still looks fantastic with the roof up or down.Also have a hardtop that came with the car which is like new as I removed it from the car and wrapped it up in a blanket when I bought it. Any idea how much I should be selling it for?



  8. Chris Knowles-
    May 23, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Hi Stephen, if it is visibly blemish-free and everything is working then I’d say about £12k – more if you spend longer on marketing it. It is worth getting rid of obvious paint blemishes though – no one wants to pay a high price for a car that’s a bit tatty-looking unless it is very rare. Rgds, Chris

  9. September 27, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    how much is it worth ,1993 xjs convertable 6 engine 76,000 miles good condition months way from classic

  10. Chris Knowles-
    October 14, 2016 at 10:34 am

    About £20,000

  11. simon-
    November 4, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    i have inherited a 91 xjs le Mans limited edition. it’s condition 2 (runner, tested) but there is some minor bodywork issues.. it was stored for ten years. i have no idea how much it is worth. Do you have any idea? Someone offered 2k to break it which seems a shame to me.

  12. Chris Knowles-
    November 7, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    The Le Mans edition is not attracting a premium value at the moment so it’s worth the same as an ordinary XJS coupé. Under 50,000 miles it might be worth £8k, between 50,000 and 100k miles it might be worth £5k if it looks tatty.

  13. Graham Coates-
    December 7, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    What lifetime mileage would you expect to achieve with the 4.0 petrol engine ? I’m looking at an 1994 XJS with 130,000 . Is that excessive, likely to give problems in the short term ?

  14. Chris Knowles-
    December 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    One can expect at least 150,000 miles before needing any significant reconditioning. There will be wear in the timing chain tensioner slippers and possibly the chain sprockets. There will probably be a degree of coking up and the inlet valve stem seals will be a bit hardened leading to some smoke from the exhaust particularly on start-up. The coolant hoses should be replaced anyway. We’ve seen engines with nearly 200,000 miles with no serious problems. Having said that, it does depend a lot on how well it has been serviced, but generally the core of the engine – crank, bearings, pistons, bores etc are very long-lived. The gearbox may get a bit cranky at this mileage and the transmission warning light may come on occasionally though this seldom reflects any driveability problem. An XJS coupé with 130k miles and in blemish-free condition will be worth about £4000, and a convertible perhaps £8k. A bigger concern than the engine will be underside rust. Look around the jacking points, the chassis legs where they go over the front suspension, sill ends and seatbelt re-inforcers.

  15. Chris Wilber-
    February 8, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Interesting site. I have a 1989 XJS Convertible 5.3l. It’s just had a load of work done on it so I’d say it’s in great condition (New exhaust, new radiator, new heater matrix, all rust cut out and new metal welded in, stripped right back and waxoyled, new mohair soft top, new distributor, plugs, rotor arm etc, new shock absorbers, various gaskets, grommets, and bushes, reconditioned power steering rack, front brake calipers, discs and pads, new wheel arch liners, thorough servicing etc.!!!)
    Mileage 85000.
    Bodywork great, replaced all the veneers, and leatherwork and carpets in pretty good nick (bit of piping damage on seats)
    So, having bought for £7,000 about 2.5 years ago (when even rubbish ones were £10,000) and having spent about £10,000 my total investment is about £17,000. Not necessarily expecting to have got my money back, but what do you think value would be? For insurance purposes as much as anything.

  16. Chris Knowles-
    February 9, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    With respect we’re not a free valuation service 🙂 but a quick estimate would be around £20k if it is truly blemish-free. It would be a lot more if it were under 50k miles

  17. Christopher C-
    June 4, 2017 at 3:02 pm


    I currently looking at a jaguar xj-s 5.3 v12 auto in solent blue metallic, doeskin hide interior, currently no MOT so (deemed as a project for refurbishment) however the brakes have been just serviced and checked over, does run on all 12 cylinders, drives, exhaust blowing there is a small water leak, the carpets need replacing, headlining ok but needs a clean, body in fair condition but above average. What is value to pay and where in the south east (Hampshire/Berkshire) border might I go for some service/welding economically.

  18. Chris Knowles-
    June 5, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Due to the volume of inquiries we cannot offer a free valuation service unless you are having work carried out by KWE

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