Lot 221 - 1988 Jaguar XJ S Convertible
|Odometer reading||50,108 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,560|
- First owner was Chief Executive of Jaguar
- Entered from a private collection
- MoT expires April 2023
The Jaguar E-Type finally gave way to an all new and more efficient Jaguar, based on the XJ Saloon, and the XJS was launched in September 1975. This new luxury grand tourer, although never quite having the same sporting image as the E-Type, was actually more aerodynamic with the final example leaving the production line on 4th April 1996. At that stage 115,413 units had been manufactured during a 21-year production life. At launch, the newcomer was powered by Jaguar's silky smooth 5343cc V-12 engine mated to either Borg Warner Model 12 automatic or manual gearboxes. V12 engine cars were unusual at this period of time with notable exceptions coming from Italian luxury sports car makers Lamborghini and Ferrari. The specifications of the XJS compared well with both Italian cars; the XJS was no mean performer and would hit 60mph in 7.6 seconds and had a top speed of 143mph.
This excellent 1988 Jaguar XJS Convertible with the automatic gearbox was retained by Jaguar Cars when new to be used by the then Chief Executive Officer Mr. John Egan. This car has been looked after and fully maintained and has only covered 50,000 miles. It has been in a private collection since 2016, finished in Artic Blue metallic with Isis Blue leather interior, complemented with the walnut veneered dashboard and wood rimmed steering wheel. This lovely XJS Convertible is supplied with a V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in April 2023 and the service and handbook pack which shows the mileage up to 2006 at 45,459 miles. The MoT history then confirms the total mileage of 50,089 at the MoT in October 2020. Its paintwork and interior are in superb condition considering its age and being the more desirable V12 model, this surely must be one of the finest examples on the market today.
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