Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible LHD
- Mileage: 37,766
- Year: 1992
- MOT Expiry: February 2019
- Exterior Colour: Kingfisher Blue Metallic
- Interior Colour: Doeskin Leather
- Top speed: 143
- 0-60mph: 8.5
- BHP: 280
- Transmission: 3-Speed Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 5344cc
- Engine Configuration: V12
The XJS was launched in 1975 and took an entirely different approach by Jaguar to the previous sports cars they produced. More a luxury Grand Touring car, the XJS was not to be a direct replacement for the legendary E-type. Based on the Jaguar XJ12 saloon's mechanicals, with a fuel-injected engine and choice of manual or automatic transmissions, at the time it was the most expensive model Jaguar had ever produced.
In 1988 the XJS Convertible was announced, replacing the Cabriolet and initially only available with the V12 engine. The Convertible project was carried out in partnership with Karmann, the German coachbuilder. Highly experienced in designing convertibles, Karmann took the standard route of stiffening the bodyshell to compensate for the loss of the roof. The new roofless XJS weighed an extra 100kg, but looked immeasurably better. The new model met with enthusiasm and by 1989, it was accounting for 57 percent of all XJS sales.
The XJS was discontinued in 1996 after 21 years in production and was replaced by the Jaguar XK8.
Electric folding hood, Hood cover with storage bag, Electrically adjustable and heated seats, Electrically adjustable door mirrors, Electric windows, Cruise control, Air conditioning, Original Jaguar cassette player, Lockable glove compartment, Lockable rear stowage compartment, Jack and wheel brace with storage bag, Jaguar tool box, Spare wheel, Spare keys.
The marvelous Kingfisher Blue paintwork presents with a gorgeous metallic sheen, complemented well by the classic red and silver pinstripe running along both sides. The body remains in excellent rust-free condition throughout, free from any conspicuous marks or signs of age; the underside is also extremely fresh. Up above, the spotless soft-top operates efficiently at the touch of a button, tucking away beneath its cover when not in use. Looking closer, both bumpers and all items of trim are unmarked.
The fabulous Doeskin upholstery is pristine throughout. There are absolutely no blemishes to the supple leather seats, door cards, or adjoining trim. The walnut inlays are in equally fine fettle and remain glossy, with no signs of any sun damage to report. Similarly, the airbag steering wheel still looks new, retaining a factory-fresh texture. The carpets are also unmarked and are protected in the foot-wells by a set of tailored mats. Behind the seats is a large lockable stowage compartment, and in the boot area you’ll still find the alloy spare wheel, jack and complete Jaguar tool kit.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The smooth V12 idles up to temperature quietly and without fuss. The engine bay is remarkably clean and perfectly in keeping with the car’s low mileage. There is no corrosion to any of the inner panels or components, giving the impression of a much younger vehicle. On test the Jaguar pulls effortlessly through each of the gears.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Shod in a matching set of Michelin Energy tyres the 15-inch lattice wheels fill the arches nicely. The alloys remain in superb original condition with only the tiniest of marking to one or two of the wheels to report. The tyres present with plenty of tread and the brakes perform well.
First registered in January 1992 the XJS has now covered a mere 37k miles. The paperwork is complete with the dealer-supplied Jaguar document holder and original handbooks. The car was most recently serviced in 2017 just 650 miles ago. It has very recently arrived in the UK following a life on the salt-free roads of Japan. It will be supplied fully registered for UK road use and ease of export.
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