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It may have been a later model or a special edition one, but I'm 100% sure the early ones had fake wood on the center console.
Early Mark VIIIs didn't have wood



it wasn't till about 1995 when they added it but when they did it was all genuine wood inserts on the dash

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Early Mark VIIIs didn't have wood



it wasn't till about 1995 when they added it but when they did it was all genuine wood inserts on the dash



I remember my aunt's from 14-15 years ago, and the wood looked and felt very fake. It could have been the process they were using.
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I remember my aunt's from 14-15 years ago, and the wood looked and felt very fake. It could have been the process they were using.
That's possible the wood in my LS is all real also but feels fake (switch from fake plastic wood was in 2003). The processes they use now are much better. Too much of that gloss layer can definitely make it feel fake.

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That's possible the wood in my LS is all real also but feels fake (switch from fake plastic wood was in 2003). The processes they use now are much better. Too much of that gloss layer can definitely make it feel fake.
Did the original S-Type have fake wood, too?
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That's possible the wood in my LS is all real also but feels fake (switch from fake plastic wood was in 2003). The processes they use now are much better. Too much of that gloss layer can definitely make it feel fake.
The high gloss finishes they used on real wood in the past removed all texture to the point that well done plastic wood was nearly undetectable. I much prefer the matte finish on the wood in modern vehicles that retains grain texture!
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Did the original S-Type have fake wood, too?
Wasn't 100% sure but here's a quote I found on an S-Type webwsite about the first model introduced in 99 as a 2000:

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Introduced in 1999 as a 2000 model, the S-Type marked the first time since the 60s when Jaguar offered more than one saloon line to its customers.
Priced about $ 10 000 below the XJ8, the S-type's interior still features real wood veneers and Connoly leather used in more contemporary fashion.
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The high gloss finishes they used on real wood in the past removed all texture to the point that well done plastic wood was nearly undetectable. I much prefer the matte finish on the wood in modern vehicles that retains grain texture!
Some gloss isn't bad but when they overdo it you're right fake plastic feels the same.

Here are some shots of the wood in my LS, you can tell it's real because of the pattern and really see the layers in the shifter. Also if you were to look at another LS the pattern would be totally different. I remember when shopping I was looking at an 03 and the trim on the steering wheel looked like it almost had gold flakes in the wood it was a lighter shade than what's in mine.






You can see the high gloss in mine.

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