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Lot 412: Jaguar XJS Convertible

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

Conceived as a comfortable and long-legged Grand Tourer, rather than an out-and-out sports car like its E-Type predecessor, Jaguar's XJS adopted the XJ 6/XJ 12 platform and running gear but was shorter in the wheelbase than its saloon siblings. It debuted as a V12-powered coupé, with six-cylinder and soft-top versions following in the 1980s. The smooth, 5.3-liter, V12 engine drove through an automatic gearbox, developed 295bhp and projected the XJS at a top speed of around 150mph. Suspension and brakes handsomely matched this performance ensuring passenger comfort and the interior cabin of the cabriolet was appointed to Jaguar's fastidious standards of luxury.

Similar to Sam's 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (lot 396), Sam ordered this car new, but initially took delivery at the factory in Coventry. While European Delivery is a well marketed option now, it was less common then to collect your new car straight from the place of manufacture and enjoy it in the country of its birth. Finished in tan with a dark brown top, wire wheels and tan leather, Sam enjoyed some 30,000 miles XJS. Currently showing 30,202, its last serviced for its 30,000 maintenance. Overall, a splendid, low mile, one owner from new example of Jaguar's last V12 grand tourer.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number412
Estimate$5000-$7000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$7000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$8190
Year1989
Condition rating0
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Chassis numberSAJNV4843KC162052
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