Lot 270 - 1990 Jaguar XJS Convertible (5.3 litre)
|Odometer reading||71,796 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,452|
- Covered 3000 miles in the last ten years
- Good service history
The XJS Convertible, which first appeared in 1988 at a price of £36,000, was considerably more than merely a coupé with the roof removed. The earlier 'T-top' Cabriolet paved the way as the first open Jaguar since the departure 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. It looked superb and elegant with the hood erect or folded and finally met the demands of the highly valued North American market. Retaining the roomy cockpit space of the coupé, the new convertible boasted a useful shelf for extra luggage and all the expected Jaguar refinements as standard. The XJS's superb 5.3 litre engine developed some 295bhp in later fuel injected form and, even when allied to an automatic transmission, the car was capable of a genuine 150mph. It made for a very fine open-top 'Grand Touring' car, exceeding the specification of other home-grown machinery and being much cheaper than the equivalent high profile Mercedes SL.
This lovely 1990 Jaguar XJS convertible has covered just under 72,000 miles from new, this is verified by the service book which has been stamped by main agents up to 58,000 miles, there are further stamps in the book up to 70,400 miles in 2012. The car has only covered 3,000 miles in the last ten years. Recently the steering rack has been overhauled and the car has just received a service and new MoT test certificate. Finished in Bordeaux Red metallic with a Parchment interior and maroon carpets, this Jaguar XJS is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in April 2020, a file containing some history and the complete handbook pack. This is a fabulous example of the flagship 5.3 litre V12 XJS which has established itself as a most worthy, latter-day, classic and good examples are being eagerly sought after by collectors and prices are set to appreciate in value over time.
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