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Spotted in China: Jaguar S-Type and Lincoln LS

Published on January 11, 2016 by Joey Wang

Spotted in China: Jaguar S-Type and Lincoln LS

A very sweet Jaguar S-Type, Spotted in China in a residential area in Beijing. The S was in a fairly good shape, with smooth green paint, shiny chrome, all parts were on the car, and I didn’t see any rust or rot. The S-Type was manufactured from 1999 until 2008 with facelifts in 2003 and 2005. This is an early pre-all-facelifts example.

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The early cars had the Jaguar ornament on the bonnet. Later cars lost the ornament and gained a Jaguar badge on the grille. The Jaguar is a work of art, made out of metal and looking brilliant in the late afternoon sun.

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The S-Type was available with various engines including a 2.5 V6, a 3.0 V6, a 4.0 V8, a 4.2 V8, and a supercharged 4.2 V8. There were no engine badges on this car but it seems to be a mid-range trim level, likely powered by the 3.0 V6.

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The interior was worn out with dirty leather and dirty plastics, but the wood is surprisingly good. This being an early car it didn’t an infotainment system but a good old fashioned radio with a cassette deck!, which was already rather obsolete in period. Handbrake is located all the way to the right of the center tunnel, not very handy, and somewhat embarrassing with a fat female passenger on board. That poor passenger can’t take coffee ether because there is just one cup holder in the S.

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The absolutely manic Jaguar badge on the wheel. They still had it, even then…

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An endless rear deck, chrome strips cornering with the bumper, and a pipe on each side. The S-Type didn’t sell very well. The interior and underpinnings were considered far too mundane for a Jag. That came because Jaguar was owned by Ford in those days, and Ford wanted to save money by sharing as many parts and platforms as possible. The S-Type was thus based on Ford’s DEW98 platform, which also underpinned the..:

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Lincoln LS sedan, seen on a nearby car market. Very unpopular too, and just like the S extremely rare in China. None was officially sold here, but some arrived via the gray market and other misty channels. The Lincoln LS was manufactured from 1999 until 2006 with a facelift in 2003. This is a pre-facelifted example.

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The good ‘Coln was dirty and dusty but otherwise in a fine shape, the shiny bits were shiny and nothing was broken or missing. Sporty five spoke alloys are original. Lucky-numbers license plate in from Shanxi Province, and somebody forgot his shoes under the bumper.

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The LS was once sold by a U.S. dealer called ‘Desert Lincoln • Mercury’, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The shop doesn’t seem to exist anymore but I found this fine old picture with a white LS in front of the building.

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A very modest badge. The LS was only available with the 3.0 V6 and the 4.0 V8, no superchargers for the Lincoln!

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Eight and nine are both lucky numbers in China, bringing fortune and longevity; what a luck already, and then having a rare Lincoln LS. Some people just got it all.

 

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