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Lot 133: Jaguar XJS Convertible

Classic, Collectors, Sports and Prestige Cars, Barons (16 July 2012)

When the XJS was first launched back in 1975, the world had not long recovered from another "Oil Crisis" and petrol was a heady 73p per gallon (16p per litre). With single figure fuel consumption easily achievable with a not so heavy right foot, the 5.3 litre V12 XJS raised a few eyebrows but in America, it also raised a few legal questions regarding the quoted fuel consumption figures from Jaguar. This ended up in federal court and Jaguar were found to have been exaggerating the figures and received a slap on the wrist. All of this resulted in a redesign of the V12's heads and much improved fuel figures. In 1981 the new HE V12 engine became available, which was now equipped with High Efficiency "Fireball" heads, designed by Swiss engineer Michael May. When fitted to the XJS, this new engine showed much improved fuel consumption but this was also due to the change of final drive ratio, to a very long 2.88 - 1, which did not receive so much publicity. The result was an XJS that could, with care, achieve over 20mpg on a long run, still push you back into your seat with huge amounts of torque and pop up to 150mph when required. After 13 years in production, Jaguar finally introduced a full convertible. This 1988 XJS HE convertible is a rare beast, having covered a mere 47,000 miles from new, with MoT evidence stretching back some 20 years. These show very limited used between MoT tests, as a high days and holidays car. Finished in metallic blue with grey leather, the car is described as being in fantastic condition, has always been garaged, when not in use and is complete with full service history. This rare, low mileage XJS is equipped with the usual, period options, which include stereo, a/c, power roof and lattice alloy wheels.

Lot Details
Auction Classic, Collectors, Sports and Prestige Cars
Barons, Sandown Park Exhibition Complex-Esher Hall
TypeCar
Lot Number133
Estimate£5750-£7000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1988
Condition rating
Registration numberPJI 4322
Mileage-
Chassis numberSAJJNADW3DA148289
Engine number8S057071HA
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2