Lot 216 - 1988 Jaguar XJS V12 Cabriolet
|Odometer reading||38,700 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,960|
That Jaguar's XJS will become a 'bona fide' classic is beyond doubt. Launched in 1975, its twenty one year production life was a testimony to the excellence of its basic design. With all round independent, coil sprung suspension, power assisted rack and pinion steering and disc brakes, its excellent ride/handling balance was justly praised by the contemporary motoring press. The XJS's superlative 5.3 litre developed some 295bhp in later fuel injected form and when allied to automatic transmission gave authoritative 150mph performance. The targa element of the car was often preferred over the straight convertible as it added more torsional rigidity and was therefore more enjoyable to drive than the later convertible.
Finished in Grenadier Red with Saville Grey leather trim, this was one of the last cabriolets produced, prior to the full convertible being manufactured. This also benefits from having the sporty TWR front and rear bumpers, boot spoiler and side skirts. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a current MoT test certificate together with a history, good XJS's are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Rare models such as this cabriolet, in good order, will always have a strong following.