Lot 141: Jaguar XJSV 12 Convertible
The XJS was, single handedly, responsible for the future of the Jaguar company from the mid eighties onwards. Without the XJS there would have been no Jaguar Cars. The XJ40 Saloon would not have carried the business and the new X300 would not be seen until the mid 1990's. So the XJS held the balance, despite having been launched in 1975. This says an awful lot about the XJS. It was not the best looking car in the world, it barely qualified as a 2+2 but as a Grand Touring Car it was unsurpassed and outstanding value. Despite the howls from the green brigade, I will restate that the Jaguar V12 engine, was one of the finest, mass produced, engines of all time. Silky smooth, ultra powerful and magnificently torquey, it should have cost far more than it did. In racing trim, it was good for over 550bhp and in standard trim it wafted the XJS to indecent speed, with ease. The most desirable XJS has to be the convertible, although I still believe that the XJSC will have its day. The full convertible appeared in 1988, 13 years after the demise of the only other Jaguar convertible offered, which was the E-Type. Pressure from the USA had been huge and the model was greeted with joy. Offered here is a 1989 V12 convertible, in Solent blue with beige leather interior and a blue, power hood. It is said to be complete with extensive service history from new through to 2004 and partial history since. Offered with a recent MoT and said to be equipped with relatively new tyres, the car is said to drive extremely well.
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