- Tasty motor or does it still have a dead haddock on the front of it?

The S-Type - was that front grille really so bad?

Has the S-Type become a classic after all - no fish involved

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Remember when the S-Type first came out? Old old Top Gear did a review when it first came out (bear with wide boy Needles and the humorous skit and get to the review). All this stuff about it being a salute to the old Jags like the Mkll, and the familiar shape like Inspector Morse’s car may be waffle, but apparently the S-Type is a really a tasty motor. Is it fast cheap and brilliant just like the old Jags?

So now the S-Type is becoming (ok is) an old(er) Jag. It has double wishbone suspension, 50/50 weight distribution, V6 or V8 engines and built in the factory that used to build Spitfires. Acebiscuits.

Would you walk on by or get an eyeful of a tasty motor?

Would you walk on by or get an eyeful of a tasty motor?

What of the S-Type now. Has it survived well? Do you smile if you see one or just yearn for an F-Type (or more likely an XF if you want a ‘saloon’ or a 'sedan')?

Does it still look too retro? James started to like it after a while. But he wasn’t sure about the grille. Dead haddock? Really? I’ve always liked it but I may be a heathen. You can still pick one up for a very reasonable price now – but would you though?

Cushty

Cushty

Here at ILJ we’ve always been fond of the S-Type, lovely motor, proper car and a real Jaguar. Yes. V8 Auto please. Nice bit of waft. All this reminiscing was caused by the sight of this lovely motor parked outside my house. Lovely. Or is it? Tell us below – has the S-Type become a classic Jag?

Nice motor!

Nice motor!

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Comments (21)

  • I like these pretty well, but sadly they’re no match for the contemporary (X308) XJ which I think is one of the best styled sedans ever made. The saving grace of the S was the manual transmission availability, but, for reasons beyond my grasp, Jaguar elected to not offer the manual with the V8.

    Solution? I’d take an original 3.8L 4 speed with overdrive S-Type. I like the MK2 styling a bit better, but would go with the S for a little more space, and independent rear suspension.

      2 years ago
    • I admit to stopping in the street to watch a XJ pass by. In fact I'm pretty sure I saw one today briefly as I was driving. Beautiful car. I agree the styling is sublime. I admit, compare those grilles ... The S-Type is a lovely comfortable...

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        2 years ago
    • Jaguar has been annoying me recently with their propensity to offer nice cars with manual transmissions but not with the top engine. F-Types look and sound spectacular with the V8 but no clutch pedal... I’d just pick up an XKR at a huge...

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        2 years ago
  • I've always loved it and I always will.

      2 years ago
  • These have grown on me along with its rival the Rover 75

      2 years ago
    • They were good cars in their day. There’s an old old TG comparison between these two and the S-Type came out on top as I recall.

        2 years ago
    • I think I have watched that. The only thing that let the Rover down was it reliability issues with some of engines and build quality.

        2 years ago
  • I had the S-Type SE V6 3 litre. Black body and Ivory leather interior. It has been one of my favourite cars. Comfortable, spacious, quick and economic. I owned it for a long while until some drongo drove into the back of a stationary Rover 45 at 50 mph (we were in front of the Rover, also stationary) The rover was destroyed. The Jag's body was was shunted an inch off the chassis . Which meant it was a write off :-( But we were perfectly ok, the Rover occupants were badly shaken and bruised but ok. The other driver was using his mobile phone! A tribute to how well Jaguars were and still are made. My replacement was also a Jaguar and when that went I replaced it with......another Jaguar.

      2 years ago
  • A whale gulping for air cause his blow hole is too tiny. Yep that bad....

      2 years ago
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