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Lot 437: Jaguar XJ-S V12 HE Cabriolet

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Jaguar's first response to demands for an open-top XJ-S was somewhat conservative in engineering terms. The XJ-S had not been designed with an open version in mind, so a Targa-style arrangement was adopted, which retained a substantial roll hoop in the interests of maintaining rigidity in the absence of a fixed roof. Two removable roof panels were stored in the boot and the Cabriolet did away with the Coup´┐Ż's two occasional rear seats in favour of a pair of luggage lockers topped by a parcel shelf. Essentially an exercise in niche marketing to test public reaction, the XJ-S Cabriolet's production was entrusted to outside specialist contractors, with bodyshells being transported back and forth across the Midlands before returning to the Brown's Lane factory prior to final despatch. The favourable response to the Cabriolet having demonstrated that there was indeed sufficient demand to justify production of an open XJ-S, Jaguar grasped the nettle and proceeded to develop a conventional full convertible. Supplied new in October 1985 via Julians of Reading and originally registered 'C919 OAN', this rare XJ-S V12 Cabriolet is one of the earliest of its type (the chassis number sequence commenced at '125021') and one of only 3,963 produced. The car had enjoyed only three owners up to May 2013, when it was acquired by the current vendor, and comes with an extensive history consisting of bills, expired MoTs, service record and warranty. Described as in generally good condition, 'B12 XJC' is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to May 2014 and Swansea V5C. It also comes with the original owner's handbook, spare key, tool kit and storage bag for the roof panels, the latter, together with the hood, being described as in very good condition.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number437
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£23000
Year1985
Condition rating2
Registration numberB12 XJC
Mileage-
Chassis numberSAJJNACW3CC125975
Engine number8S037525HA
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors