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Rust in peace: Jaguar XJ-S

jaguar-xjs-v12-1The Jaguar XJ-S is a car that we’re always a little surprised to find in a self-service junkyard. In 1989, a brand new XJ-S coupe cost $47,000 and a XJ-S convertible retailed for a whopping $56,000, making it the most expensive Jaguar sold in the United States at the time.

To put those figures into perspective, that same year a Mercedes-Benz 300E (w124) started at $44,850 and a 300SEL (w126) cost $55,100. Those who couldn’t afford a prestigious set of German or British wheels could buy an Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce for $20,000 or a Golf for less than $10,000.

You’ll likely point out that w126s are a dime a dozen in junkyards, and we all know that the Cash for Clunkers program prematurely killed hundreds of them. That’s a good point, but we’re used to finding these once-expensive big Benzes in yards because they tend to be driven into the ground by less-than-careful owners. Coupes and convertibles, on the other hand, are generally used more sparingly and stored in a garage.

We’d be curious to find out what the person who bought this XJ-S new would think if he or she saw the car today. At least it looks like the V12 engine will likely live on in another Jag.

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2 thoughts on “Rust in peace: Jaguar XJ-S

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  2. I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

    Entropy gets us all in the end. Even Jags. ESPECIALLY Jags.

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