Lot 217 - 1990 Jaguar XJS Convertible
|Odometer reading||41,760 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,920|
The Jaguar XJS Convertible, which first appeared in 1988, was considerably more than just a coupé with the roof removed. The earlier 'T'-top cabriolet paved the way as the first open Jaguar since the demise of the E-Type in 1975, but this was to be the first full convertible and a strengthened sub-frame was employed in order to alleviate scuttle shake. Retaining the roomy cockpit space of the coupé, the new convertible naturally boasted all the expected Jaguar refinements as standard, making for a very fine, open grand touring car. The XJS's superlative 5.3 litre engine developed some 295bhp in later fuel injected form and, when allied to automatic transmission, gave authoritative 150mph performance. Today, this model is very much establishing itself as a most worthy latter day classic; good examples being eagerly sought by connoisseurs of the marque.
This elegant XJS Convertible, offered in Meteor red with contrasting Barley leather, has lived a remarkably charmed life having been being continually garaged since its purchase from Jaguar where it served briefly as a demonstrator model. As an ex demonstrator, this XJS benefits from a high specification including heated leather seats and bolster and, with a wealth of MoT test certificates, the mileage of just 41,760 can also be warranted making this a very attractive example. The woodwork is in fantastic order, as is the paintwork and chrome, and the electric window and roof mechanisms show no signs of stickiness. With an MoT test valid until July 2016, this really is a fine example of this desirable and iconic grand tourer, which begs to be taken to the south of France with the roof down to see exactly why Jaguar sold these cars so successfully.
*Interested parties should note that the current number plate is to be retained and a new, age-related plate will be issued instead
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