Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible LHD
- Mileage: 79,148
- Year: 1990
- MOT Expiry: July 2018
- Exterior Colour: Black
- Interior Colour: Black 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 soft-top with cover, Silver pinstripe, Air conditioning, Electric windows, Heated seats with electronic lumbar support, Electrically adjustable door mirrors, Headlamp washers, Front fog lamps, Electric aerial, Lockable glove compartment with vanity mirror, Lockable rear stowage compartment, Pioneer DAB radio, JL Audio speakers, Garmin satellite navigation, Driver and passenger ash trays, Cigar lighter, Spare wheel, Tool kit, Indoor car cover.
The gleaming jet-black coachwork is free from any swirl marks or conspicuous blemishes. Even on very close inspection the XJS is remarkably clean, presenting beautifully without even the slightest hint of corrosion. The underside also presents to en excellent standard following a staggering £25k refresh in late 2016 by marque specialist, KWE Ltd. Huge amounts of work were carried out to ensure the car was brought to an impeccable standard throughout. At this time it was also treated to a full underseal and cavity wax injection thus ensuring a continued rust-free life.
The handsome black upholstery is a superb accompaniment to the exterior paintwork and roof. The supple leather retains an unblemished appearance with a lovely factory texture having never been re-connolised. The seat squabs and bolsters show no signs of any sagging or unsightly wrinkles, and the electronic lumbar support operates just as it should.
The cabin throughout remains feeling fresh. Elegant walnut adorns the dash and centre console, upon which all the switchgear remains in fine fettle. The car also boasts an uprated sound system to include a DAB radio along with JL Audio speakers; the original aerial is still in placing having been re-commissioned to receive the DAB signal. A Garmin satellite navigation system is also fitted.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The XJS was most recently serviced in November 2016 by KWE at 77k miles. The car has seen little use since that time and remains in excellent mechanical condition. The 5.3-litre V12 performs effortlessly whatever the pace and the smooth automatic gearbox shifts exactly as required. Also in 2016 a factory specification stainless exhaust system was fitted at a cost of over £2k.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Each of the 15-inch lattice wheels present to the highest standard having been beautifully refurbished in recent years. They are shod in a matching set of tyres with little wear. At 77k miles the XJS underwent a comprehensive mechanical refresh that included renewal and upgrade of the suspension, brakes and steering system. This work was carried out by KWE at a cost of over £10,500.
This LHD XJS was manufactured by Jaguar UK in 1990. It was then immediately shipped to the US for its first registration. After fourteen years in the dry state of California the car returned to England, covering little over 10k miles on UK roads since then.
In 2016 the XJS was sent to renowned marque specialist, Knowles-Wilkins Engineering (KWE) Ltd, for an extensive re-commissioning. The total cost for the work carried out came to an eye-watering £25k. In addition to the select few items that required attention the following work was undertaken:
Full suspension renewal
Full brake renewal
Full steering renewal
HID headlamp upgrade
Stainless steel exhaust system fitted
Cavity wax injection and full underseal
Headlamp washer conversion
Present in the History File is the original Jaguar document holder, owner’s manual, and dealer-supplied service booklet with stamped entries. A certificate and full breakdown of the work carried out by KWE is included, along with numerous workshop photographs taken during the rebuild process.
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