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Jaguar XJS
Debut Series 1978 Flying Colors
Produced 1978 - 1987
Designer Larry Wood and Bob Rosas (Collaboration)
Jag gray

Description

The Jaguar XJS is a Hot Wheels casting based on the production car of the same name. It was introduced in 1978 as part of the Flying Colors series.

The Jaguar XJS was a Grand Tourer produced by Jaguar from 1975 through until 1996, earning the longest production run of any Jaguar Model to date and even outselling it's beloved predecessor, the XK-E also known as the E-Type. The choice to replace the E-Type with the 16-foot long behemoth of the XJS left many people scratching their heads. By the End of the E-Type's production run, the E-type had a V12 engine, something the XJS would inherit to keep Jaguar's image of their V12 engine alive. The XJS was not what one might call "fault-free" as a 1992 Episode of BBC Car show Top Gear, then hosted by Jeremy Clarkson put it.

Clarkson's review was of a 1990s model of the XJS known as the XJ-RS. According to Jeremy Clarkson, the XJS was "Pretty much The Definitive Grand Tourer. I even love it's looks, but I'm not stupid. I will admit, it's not exactly fault-free. And if you are going to start talking faults, you really have to kick off with it's size." The XJS was a long car at 16 feet, but had a cramped interior. As Jeremy Clarkson said: "Even though the XJS is 16 feet long, the interior is no place for the fat, if you find somebody sitting in the back, he will answer to the name of Collin Moynihan." The car also had visibility issues. Clarkson Quote: "The windows are so slitty, you sometimes get the impression you are driving a postbox". The instruments layout was confusing and haphazard. "Looks like the designer threw all the switches at the dashboard and screwed them down where they landed. It's entirely possible for instance to activate the cruise control when you want to lower the electric windows." The XJS was not efficient on fuel (V12 engines don't tend to be efficient on fuel, especially ones from the time of the XJS) The one Clarkson reviewed ran 10.6 miles to the Gallon.

The Hot wheels casting portrays a first generation model of the XJS, a pre-HE model, as also replicated by Corgi in 1978. The XJS was featured in the UK TV series "Return of the Saint." in the 1970s and raced at the European Touring Car Championship in 1982 emerging as a winner on it's first race. The XJS was also raced by Tom Walkinshaw of Tom Walkinshaw racing (TWR) in the 1980s.

Jeremy Clarkson's 1992 Review: [1]

Versions

The Jaguar XJS has the following versions:

Col. # Year Series Color Tampo Base Color / Type Window Color Interior Color Wheel Type Toy # Country Notes / Variations Photo
1978 1978 Flying Colors Gray "XJS" and Yellow Jaguar cat Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Black BW 2012 Hong Kong Jag gray
1979 Golden Machines 6-Pack Gold plated "XJS" and Yellow Jaguar cat Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Black BW Hong Kong Golden Machines 6-pack only Jag gold
1980 1980 Hot Wheels Blue "XJS" and Yellow Jaguar cat Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Black BW Hong Kong Jag blue
1982 1982 Hot Wheels Blue "XJS" and Yellow Jaguar cat Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Black BW Malaysia Jag blue
1983 1983 Hot Wheels Metalflake Brown "XJS" and Yellow Jaguar cat Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Black BW Malaysia
1983 1983 Hot Wheels Gray No tampos Unpainted / Metal Clear Black BW France Jaguarxjsfrance
1984 1984 Hot Wheels Metalflake Brown No tampos Unpainted / Metal Clear Black BW France
1984 1984 Hot Wheels Metalflake Brown "XJS" and Jaguar cat Unpainted / Metal Clear Black BW France
1984 1984 Hot Wheels White No tampos Unpainted / Metal Clear Black BW France
1984 1984 Hot Wheels Metalflake Brown No Black tampo around rear side window, w/"XJS" Jaguar Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Black BW Mexico Mexicobrown
1984 1984 Hot Wheels Metalflake Brown "XJS" Yellow Jaguar Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Black BW Mexico Mexicobrown
1986 1986 Hot Wheels Metalflake Brown Yellow, Green and Black racing decals on hood Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Black GHO Mexico
1986 1986 Hot Wheels White Yellow, Blue and Black racing decals on hood Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Black GHO Mexico
1986 1986 Hot Wheels Metalflake Brown Yellow, Green and Black hood tampo Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Black GHO Mexico
1986 1986 Hot Wheels White Yellow, Blue and Black hood tampo Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Black GHO Mexico
1986 1986 Hot Wheels White Yellow, Red and Black hood tampo Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Black BW Mexico
1986 1986 Hot Wheels Metalflake Brown Yellow, Green and Black hood tampo Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Black Mexico
1987 1987 Hot Wheels Metalflake Brown XJS and jaguar Unpainted / Metal Blue tint Black UH Mexico

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