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Lot 047: Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible

Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (27 November 2013)

The Jaguar XJ-S had a mountain to climb from the day it was launched  it had to replace the impossibly glamorous E-Type which had so captured the public's imagination when it first appeared in 1961. Somehow the XJ-S failed to stir emotions in the same way when it was launched in April 1975. However, time has been kind to the car and it now looks more handsome with every passing year. 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. Based on a shortened XJ saloon floorpan, it weighed over 100kg less than an XJ12 and in early manual form could sprint to 60 in 6.7 seconds and top 153mph. In 1981 the XJ-S received the new HE (High Efficiency) engine with Michael May-designed Fireball heads which improved fuel economy by 20 per cent and upped the top speed to 155mph, making it the fastest automatic car in the world. The long-awaited full convertible was finally introduced at the 1988 Geneva Motor Show, featuring a reinforced floorpan, frameless doors and sophisticated electric hood complete with heated glass rear window. Underpinned by the same all round independent coil-sprung suspension and power assisted rack and pinion steering as its fixed head siblings, the soft-top came with anti-lock brakes as standard. Despite the hefty price tag of 40,000 a waiting list was quick to form. Dating from October 1990, this particular Convertible has had just four registered keepers from new, the last acquiring it in 2001. It has covered only 69,300 miles to date with 9 service stamps up to 54,000 miles (7 at main dealers) and a bill for another service at 68,800 miles. In 2009 it appears that the starter motor failed and the car was put into storage where it was to remain for the next four years. Recently recommissioned for sale with a new starter motor, a brake overhaul and some new suspension bushes, it is said to drive very well with excellent oil pressure and temperature, no smoke or rattles and all the electrics working as they should, including the power hood. The bodywork is said to be very sound and original apart from the rear wheel arches where some minor rust patches are just beginning to appear. Supplied with all its original handbooks, a file full of invoices, a tonneau cover, hood cover and its original toolkit and wheel changing kit, it has an MOT until November 2014 and looks excellent value at the modest guide price suggested.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
Lot Number047
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£3700
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating2
Registration numberH534 NTX
Chassis numberSAJJNADW3DB171355
Engine number8S076085SB
Engine capacity (cc)5343
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2