FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF FRANK SINATRA
Under 10,000 miles from new
1989 JAGUAR XJ-S V12 COUPE
Plate No. FAS II
Chassis No. SAJNA 5849KC150201
British Racing Green with tan leather interior
Engine: V12, 5,343cc giving 262bhp at 5,000rpm; Gearbox: automatic; Suspension: independent by front wishbone and coil springs; Brakes: four wheel ventilated disc. Left hand drive.
Through the 1950s and 1960s Jaguar had, in the XK series and later the E-type two-seaters, produced sport coupes and open roadsters of unsurpassed performance and glamour. When at last the moment came to retire the sleek E-type, Jaguar Cars chose not to replace it with another sports model. The world had changed and with it the market for high performance cars. Introduced in the Fall of 1975, its successor was the V12 engined XJS, an effortless Grand Tourer. There was no lack of performance, with a top speed of 153mph and a 0-60mph time of 6.8 seconds, but the emphasis was always on its effortless ability to cover great distances at cruising speeds up to 140mph, while cossetting its occupants in near-silence. More softly suspended than its predecessors, sumptously upholstered, by far the most expensive Jaguar ever introduced until the XK8 arrived, the XJ-S fully deserved to be called exclusive.
It was the last Jaguar to benefit from the unrivaled partnership of Sir William Lyons, with his great instinct for line and value, and Malcolm Sayers, aerodynamicist and scientist. When the car was launched, the now retired, Sir William observed, We decided from the very first aerodynamics were the prime concern and I exercised my influence in consultive capacity....I took my influence as far as I could without interfering with [Sayer's] basic aerodynamic requirements.
It did not lack sophistication. The XJ-S and its V12 engine was state of the art in 1975 and would remain so throughout its production life. There was continuity: the independent rear suspension which evolved from the E-Type, was refined on the XJ Saloons.
Frank Sinatra was certainly fond of the XJ-S model and in 1976 he received one as a wedding gift from Barbara Sinatra, he kept this vehicle until the early 1990s. This example was the property of the late Frank Sinatra, who was the registered owner of this car in Beverly Hills in 1989. It would appear that he used the car very sparingly and we are told that he later returned the car to the dealership where he bought it from with the stipulation that he could drive it under dealer plates everytime he was in Palm Springs. When Desert European Motorcars bought the dealership, the car was part of the sale. They registered the car again with the Californian Department of motorvehicles with the License plates FAS II. Before the car went on the showroom floor the current owner acquired the car. This owner has in recent years been living abroad and again has hardly driven the car, it has remained in storage in Palm Springs. At the Californian emissions test in January of this year the mileage was recorded at 9,234. This low mileage Jaguar certainly has an intriguing provenance.