Lot 169 - 1988 Jaguar XJ-S HE Lynx Eventer
|Odometer reading||80,601 miles|
|Estimate||£70,000 - £90,000|
- Number 40 of just 50 examples ever produced
- In very good order throughout and maintained regardless of cost
- Offered in excellent original condition
Conceived as a luxurious and long-legged Grand Routier, the XJ-S, though by no means a small car, afforded precious little in terms of interior space: two adults and an overnight bag being about the limit if its comfortable capacity. In the absence of a factory 'estate' it was left to the Hastings-based restorer and coachbuilder Lynx to exploit the model's full potential. Lynx had every reason to be confident that such a market existed, given the success of the 'sports estate' concept in the form of the Reliant Scimitar GTE and Lancia Beta HPE. In reconfiguring the XJ-S, Lynx extended the roof, moved the rear seats back, repositioned the fuel tank and added a tailgate, thus providing increased passenger leg room and an impressive claimed 23.75cu ft of load space with the seats up, almost 42cu ft with them folded flat. Lynx's conversion added £6,950+VAT to the £21,000 list price, making Eventer ownership the privilege of a wealthy few. Even today there are few cars that combine near silent 155mph performance with the luggage capacity of a family estate.
Registered new on 1st March 1988 this superb and very original example was purchased from CKL Developments of Battle, East Sussex in December 2014 at which time it was treated to an extensive respray to the paintwork, including improving and refitting the tailgate, at a cost alone in excess of £4,360. Subsequent works at the time carried out by a local Jaguar specialist included fitting new foot brake and handbrake pads; two radius arm bushes; oil, fuel and air filters; and replaced water pump, coolant hoses and drive belts. Parts and labour total some £4,500. Acquired by our vendor in 2015 the Eventer resides in his significant private collection, with in house technicians, where it is maintained and serviced regardless of cost and exercised regularly, ensuring it’s in exemplary condition. Both the paintwork and interior are in excellent order showing little sign of age and the underside and engine bay are very clean. Showing a modest 80,601 miles on the odometer (at the time of photography) the XJS is offered to the market with a sizeable history file detailing previous owners, maintenance invoices, old MoT records, the UK registration document and many sundry bills. Driven to the sale from the heart of Kent, the XJS glides quietly keeping up with modern traffic and runs and drives very well indeed. This example will enhance any classic car collection and is ready to be used immediately.
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