The Jaguar XJS 2+2 grand tourer is touted for its refinement and handling. However, the modified 1978 XJS coupe currently for salegave up some of its Connolly leather and burled walnut luxury. Yes, it retains its beautiful original lines, but enhanced power is nowthe main attraction.

The hand-built XJS is a work of automotive art. The ’78 Jag was rebuilt on an engineering platform created by legendary Tom Walkinshaw Racing, a longtime Jaguar partner and championship racing team. The car is set up for vintage racing, although it’s reportedly still street legal.

The race-worthy Jag listed on eBay was built by a Florida-based Englishman who raced Jaguars for decades. Power comes from a 6.0-liter Jaguar V-12, as the car had when it left the factory. But the engine in this XJS was maxed out for performance and reliability.

The long list of modifications include:

Competition head gasketsRace bearingsCross-ram EFI intake and upgraded fuel injectionDry sump oil systemStainless steel exhaust headersThe result is a dynamometer-mapped 360 brake-horsepower.

The transmission is a Tremec TKO 600 five-speed manual with a custom aluminum flywheel and Tilton triple plate clutch. There’s a custom carbon-fiber driveshaft and 3.31 power lock differential providing power to the wheels.

The fully adjustable front suspension uses a combination of Jaguar and NASCAR-type components. There’s a Wilwood six-caliper Corvette brake system. The rear suspension is a Jaguar triangular design but modified for racing with tubular rear half shafts. The steering rack is from an Aston Martin and uses a custom steering column.

inside, the cockpit is strictly business. The builders kept weight to a minimum by stripping the interior of anything that doesn’t serve a purpose.

The carpeting, headliner, insulation, and original interior trim were axed. In their place, there’s a full roll cage and two racing seats with harnesses. A custom fabricated dashboard uses Stepper gauges. The trunk carries a 31-gallon fuel cell. And the car is equippedwith a fire-suppression system for safety.


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