Lot 227 - 1979 Jaguar XJS-S Convertible by Banham
|Odometer reading||1,692 miles|
|Result||Sold - £1,245|
That Jaguar's XJS has 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. Its excellent ride and handling balance was justly praised by the contemporary motoring press. The car was re-engineered in 1991 with the rear side windows enlarged and a new four litre engine. The rear section benefitted from the new 'facelift' rear lights with the front as before, a series 1½ if you will. Banham Conversions (Banmoco) was a maker of kit cars from the late 1970s until 2004. The company was founded by Paul Banham who started off building convertible conversions on commission. He made convertible versions of the Ferrari 400, Aston Martin DBS and V8, and the Rolls-Royce Corniche. By the 1980s, he was marketing a kit to rebody the Jaguar XJS. He also offered convertible conversions for the XJS and Jaguar XJ6. The company was eventually sold in 2004 to Rally Sport Replicas Ltd. who sought to create new chassis for the designs but they ceased trading in mid-2005.
This extremely rare Paul Banham XJS-S, 3.6 litre automatic convertible has photographic build history from the original owner who commissioned the conversion. Although in need of some cosmetic restoration, the car, we are informed, is more importantly mechanically extremely good, with this part of the restoration process having been completed. Offered with an owner's manual and described as driving perfectly, this Banham has a 12 month MoT test certificate and is potentially a real collector's item.
Previous lotLot 226 - 1994 Volkswagen Corrado 16V (2.0 litre)
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