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Lot 035: Jaguar XJS-C Cabriolet

Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (24 June 2009)

Celebrating its 34th anniversary this year, the Jaguar XJ-S is at last achieving the full classic status that it so richly deserves. Largely designed by Jaguar's legendary aerodynamicist, Malcolm Sayer, it slipped through the air far more efficiently than the E-Type and was a paragon of stability and silence at speed. Powered by what is widely regarded as the finest V12 engine ever made, it mixed effortless performance with superb refinement and reliability. Rated at 295bhp and 320lbft of torque in its later guises, it was capable of over 150mph and 0-60mph in less than eight seconds.

Launched in 1983, the XJ-SC cabriolet was a versatile design that combined lift-out targa panels with a folding rear hood and is now a much rarer car than the full convertible that succeeded it in 1988.

Dating from 1987, this particular car has been kept as part of a small private collection of Jaguars and has been in the current ownership for the last five years. Always kept garaged and used in fine weather only, it has covered just 50,300 miles from new and is said to drive beautifully. Serviced annually and regularly valeted and waxoiled, it appears to be in fine condition overall and has an alarm immobilizer fitted. With an MOT until September and taxed until August, it is ready to drive away today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
TypeCar
Lot Number035
Estimate£4500-£5500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£4000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1987
Condition rating0
Registration numberE663 WOL
Mileage-
Chassis numberSAJJNACW3CA142123
Engine number8S052054HB
Engine capacity (cc)5343
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors