Lot 105 - 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible (5.3 litre)

Lot 105 - 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible (5.3 litre)

Lot 105 - 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible (5.3 litre)

Lot Number 105
Registration XRT 296
Chassis Number SAJJNADW3DB160942
Engine Number 85067472SA
Odometer reading 19,569 miles
Result Sold - £7,112

The Jaguar XJS was first launched in 1975, in the year that Margaret Thatcher was made the leader of the Conservative Party and petrol was 70p/gallon. The new grand tourer from Jaguar was introduced as the replacement for the iconic E-Type, which had been in production for the previous 14 years. During an astonishing build run of 21 years, 115,413 XJS units were produced by the Coventry manufacturer at their world-famous Browns Lane factory. Cars fitted with V12 engines were unusual at the time with notable exceptions coming from Italian luxury sportscar makers Lamborghini and Ferrari. The specifications of the XJS compared well with both Italian cars; it was able to accelerate to 60mph in 7.6 seconds and had a top speed of 143mph. The XJS model was available until production ceased in 1996.

This example is one of the most desirable with the 5.3 litre V12 engine and being a convertible which is presented in Arctic Blue; one of the very best XJS colours. The car has covered a total of 70,702 miles with a speedometer change in 1998 at 51,033 miles which is documented in the service book. The car presents well, wearing its 34 years with pride. Some pitting is showing on the rear chrome bumper, but a replacement is supplied with the car. The blue soft top presents well and fits tightly. Moving inside, the grey leather seats are presenting well with minimal wear. The service book shows no fewer than 19 stamps, all from Jaguar main dealers and specialists. The stamps are present up until 2000, at 66,000 miles, translating to the fact that the car has only covered around 4,000 miles since.

The Jaguar XJS has really come into its own over the past few years, with the best examples starting to set record prices, this particular example is being offered without reserve and will be an excellent modern classic for its next owner.

Interested parties should note that since the vehicle description was written, the car has had £750 spent on new brakes and is now supplied to auction with an MoT test certificate valid until July 2024.

Interested parties should note that the car is not supplied with a replacement bumper as stated in the description.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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