Lot 221 - 1988 Jaguar XJS Convertible (5.3 litre)
|Odometer reading||61,900 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,560|
- Low mileage
- Delightful condition
The Jaguar XJS is a luxury grand tourer produced from 1975 to 1996 and replaced the E-Type. Although it never had quite the same sporting image, the XJS was a competent replacement with better aerodynamics than the E-Type. The last XJS was produced on 4th April 1996 by which time 115,413 had been produced during a 21 year production life. The specifications of the XJS compared well against Italian cars with acceleration of 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 143mph. The first series of XJS cars had a Borg-Warner Model 12 transmission; however, in 1979, GM Turbo-Hydromatic 400 transmissions were fitted. In 1983, a new 3.6 litre AJ6 straight-six engine was introduced by Jaguar and at the same time a new cabriolet model, the XJ-SC became available. The XJ-SC was not a full convertible but had a non-removable centre targa-type structure and fixed rails above the doors. The static rear quarter windows remained. The two-seat XJ-SC targa was replaced by a two-seat full convertible in 1988 and proved to be a great hit.
This XJS convertible was first registered in July 1988 and has been very well cared for throughout its 30 years on the road. Being part of a small collection, the car has enjoyed limited use and the mileage of 61,900 is believed to be correct. In addition to being a fine example, it also benefits from an American headlamp conversion replacing the original ‘box’ units and thus enhancing the aesthetic appearance. Supplied with a V5 registration document, this signal red and charcoal trim XJS is a particularly fine example and a credit to its owner. Jaguar XJS convertible prices have risen of late as the car is fast becoming recognised as a classic, this is an extremely well presented example.
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