There was a time—a glorious, wide-eyed, sweaty, fast-talking time—when a car couldn't be considered exotic unless it had giant, nonfunctional rear fender vents with big honkin' strakes. Invented by Ferrari for the Testarossa, this styling element found its way into the bloodstream of tuners everywhere, and from there was plastered onto just about every non-Ferrari sports car on offer at the time.
And this Koenig widebody Jaguar XJS is an exquisite example of the species.
Koenig Specials was a German tuning firm founded in 1977 by publishing magnate turned racing driver turbo evangelist Willy König (he changed the spelling of his last name to suit English speakers). König came into Enzo Ferrari's after winning the 1962 German Hillclimbing Championship, driving a 250 GT SWB Berlinetta. Fifteen years later, König started a tuning firm, under the belief that somebody needed to make the Ferraris of the late 1970s into proper sports cars again, and fell out of Enzo's favor: The Ferrari founder sent König a cease-and-desist letter demanding that Koenig Specials-modified Ferraris should have their prancing horse badges removed.
But the speed-freak German didn't just work on Ferraris—he slapped his widebody kits on just about any expensive performance car of the day. Which brings us to this Jaguar XJS.
This 1985 Jaguar XJS has the full Koenig Specials treatment, with the widebody fenders, the hood scoop, spoilers on the trunk and roof, and extremely 1980s aero side mirrors. It's not just an aesthetic package, either (but what an aesthetic it is!). Koenig threw a racing cam and high-compression pistons in the 3.6-liter straight six, here mated to a very rare five-speed manual. Koni red shocks and a staggeringly staggered set of three-piece BBS basketweaves complete the transformation.
The frenzied haze of the 1980s has long worn off. A six-cylinder XJ probably isn't going to be quick by today's standards, no matter how absurdly wide its rear fenders, or how spoiled its roof may be. But pragmatism sucks. Buy this outrageous freakazoid, chuck a Dokken cassette in the deck, and widebody all over the USA. With a current bid just above $16,000 and , you better hurry.