Lot 216 - 1975 Jaguar XJ-C 5 3 Cabriolet
|Odometer reading||49,200 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,240|
Since 1968, the XJ series of motorcars became the mainstay of Jaguar cars and, in fact, was the last model to have any input by its founder, Sir William Lyons. After the series I and II, a relatively short run of two door XJ coupés with a pillarless hardtop body called the XJ-C were built between 1975 and 1978. The car was actually launched at the London Motor Show in October 1973, but it soon became clear that it was not ready for production and the economic troubles unfolding in the western world at the time reduced further any sense of urgency about producing and selling the cars. They finally started to emerge from Jaguar show-rooms some two years later and were priced higher than the four-door car becoming immediately relatively exclusive. The profile of these sought after touring cars was so attractive, with windows down, that they are often hard to find in good condition.
Cabriolet International, based in Blackpool, was renowned for converting Jaguar cars into convertibles. 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 which created a very strong structure for the car and also meant that when the roof was closed, from a distance, it was hardly distinguishable from a standard car. With the hood open, the occupants would experience 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 in that when the hood was open it laid flat on the rear parcel shelf thereby not obscuring the rear view as much as some other conversions.
This very nice 1975 Jaguar XJ-C fitted with the 5.3 litre V12 engine was purchased by the last owner in 1984 who had the car converted, it is believed, by Cabriolet International Ltd. In 1988 the car was subject to some body repairs due to rust, a repaint and at the same time, a re-trim of the interior. Finished in dark blue with black leather interior, the car has had very little use since the body restoration and has been off the road and SORN since 2007. Now fully re-commissioned and with a new roof, this XJ-C is ready to be used and comes supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2014 and a file containing old invoices and MoT/SORN certificates. This unusual Jaguar convertible is an ideal car combining the benefit of open air motoring with the luxury of the Jaguar XJ-C Coupé.
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