Lot 275 - 1980 12947 XJ6 4.2 Series III Convertible

Lot 275 - 1980 12947 XJ6 4.2 Series III Convertible

Lot 275 - 1980 12947 XJ6 4.2 Series III Convertible

Lot Number 275
Registration TBA
Chassis Number JAALP3CC307577
Engine Number 86493
Odometer reading 78,000 miles
Estimate £6,000 - £10,000
Result Sold - £7,000

Probably the earliest know example of a convertible XJ was a series I specially prepared for Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Mauritius in 1972, apparently it was converted out in Mauritius. Cabriolet International, based in Blackpool, followed the same four door theme but to a far superior design. Starting with a Jaguar XJ6 Series II or Series III saloon they cut the steel from the roof, leaving around three inches of the original roof in place around the door frames and windscreen. They then fitted a cross beam between the two 'B' pillars, this created a very strong structure for a four door car and also meant when the roof was closed it was hardly distinguishable from a standard saloon from a distance. When the hood is open the occupants experienced open top comfort but within the virtual safety of the normal saloon. Cabriolet International's hood mechanism had quite an advantage over some of the other coachbuilders converting Jaguar XJ6's that when the hood is open it laid flat on the rear parcel shelf so not obscuring the rear view as much as some conversions.

This long wheel base XJ6 Series III was made into a convertible in the late 1980's by Cabriolet International Ltd. The previous owner purchased the car in 1996 when it had completed 74,745miles; the Jaguar was repainted in white to be used as a wedding car. The vendor purchased the car at the beginning of 2012 and has used the car for a couple of weddings and a couple of Jaguar Car Club rallies, in the last seventeen years the car has covered a total of 3,255miles. In the last twelve months the owner has had the air conditioning system and radiator overhauled. This Jaguar XJ6 4.2 Series III Convertible is supplied with V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in June 2014, a road fund tax disc which expires May 2014, previous MoT test certificates going back to 1996 which verify the mileage and invoices back to 2011. This unusual Jaguar convertible is an ideal car giving the benefit of open air motoring with the luxury of the Jaguar XJ6 saloon.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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