Jaguar model code: XJ27
The pre-facelift coupe shown here is the most recognisable of the many XJ-S body versions. First launched in 1975 as a V12 Coupe (XJ27) with other codes referring to the many variants which followed.


Model Code Variant Year Range Total Produced
XJ-S 5.3 V12 FHC (all variants, inc XJS) 10/975-8/93 63,276
XJ-S XJ27 5.3 V12 FHC Pre-HE (man/auto) 10/9/75-10/78
XJ-S 5.3 V12 FHC Pre-HE (auto only) 10/78-7/81
XJ-S 5.3 V12 HE FHC (auto only) 7/81-8/93
XJ-S XJ57 3.6 FHC auto  2/87-4/91 no’s inc. below
XJ-S XJ63 3.6 FHC 5 speed manual 10/83-4/91 8867
XJ-SC XJ58 3.6 Cabriolet (auto option from 2/87) 10/83-9/87
XJ-SC XJ28 5.3 V12 HE Cabriolet 7/85-1/88
XJS-C XJ77 5.3 V12 HE DHC 3/88-7/93 15,245
XJR-S 6.0 TWR modified V12
XJS XJ88 4.0 FHC (XJ-S re-badged XJS) 5/91-4/96 5667
XJS-C XJ78 4.0 DHC 2/92- 1852
XJS-C 4.0 DHC 2+2 1993-1996 12,012
XJS XJ87 6.0 V12 FHC 8/93-4/96 774
XJS-C XJ97 6.0 V12 DHC 8/93-1995 81
XJS-C 6.0 V12 DHC 2+2 1993-1996 1706


XJ-S refers to the pre-facelift coupe, produced between 1975 and 1991.

XJS refers to the facelift coupe, produced for model year 1992 to the end of production in 1996.

XJ-SC refers to the Cabriolet produced between 1982 and 1988.

XJS-C refers to the full convertible version produced from 1988 to 1996.

HE High Efficiency V12 engine featuring “May” fireball head introduced in 1981.

P-Digital is a type of fuel injection system which was introduced on the XJ-S from engine number 8S 16400 in December 1979.  The reference of “1000 cars” is to the number of XJ-S cars with P-Digital injection that were made before the introduction of the HE model in 1981.  The HE model engine numbers start from 8S 18001.  That would appear to give you 1600 or so pre-HE engine numbers from December 1979 to February 1981, but it does seem that there was a break in the engine number range prior to the HE model coming in and I think the highest pre-HE engine number was around 8S 17400. (17400 minus 16400 equals 1000).

Information courtesy of Jaguar Heritage.

Non-factory Conversions

  • Guy Salmon Jubilee
  • Koenig
  • Lister Le Mans
  • Lynx Eventer
  • Lynx Spyder
  • Paul Bailey Monaco
  • Railton F28 Fairmile
  • TWR



  • Additional Information can be found by reference to The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club XJS Forum
  • Lynx Eventer History of the conversions carried out on a selection of 68 XJS cars between 1982 and 2002 by Lynx to estate specification, and a register of known cars. Compiled by Pascal Mathieu
  • Just XJS