1988 Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible RHD - £14,995

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Here we have a very nice example of a rising star in the classic car world. It is a 1988 Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible, finished in Beige Metallic with Cream Leather interior, it is a low mileage example and has covered 48k Miles from new and is in a very nice condition with much money being spent on it over the years.

Conceived as a comfortable and long-legged Grand Routier, rather than an out-and-out sports car like the preceding E-Type, the XJ-S made use of the Jaguar XJ6/XJ12 saloon platform and running gear. Shorter in the wheelbase than its saloon siblings, the XJ-S debuted as a V12-powered coupé, with six-cylinder and soft-top versions following in the 1980s.

However, the arrival of the HE (High Efficiency) V12 in 1981 and the introduction of the smaller six enabled it to weather the storm. The introduction of the six-cylinder model in 1983 coincided with that of the Targa-style Cabriolet - the first open Jaguar since the E-Type's discontinuation - but it was not until 1988 that a full convertible became available. Following the Cabriolet's deletion, both the Coupé and conventional Convertible models lasted until the end of XJ-S production in 1996.

Despite its mere 48,400 miles, this XJS has received a ground up restoration, bare metal respray, recommissioned engine, new brakes, new carpets, refurbished seats and walnut trim. It looks to be one of the best available and drives with an urge that belies its age.

There is no rust on or underneath the car, and the chassis and all panels have been Waxoyled for long term protection. The hood is in particularly good condition.

I have a full service history, which from 1988 to 2002 was with London main Jaguar dealers. Charles Follett Ltd in Berkeley Street London W1, are registered as the first owner and probably ran it as a demonstrator for 4 months until it was bought by the first real owner who kept it until August 2002. During this period, it was serviced by Stratstone (who took over the Charles Follett premises), Clive Sutton and HR Owen. I have maintenance invoices to the value of £23,000 from this period.

The Service Book has the following entries:-

6/6/88 535 miles

17/5/89 6,443 miles

3/7/90 12,895 miles

22/3/91 15,156 miles

2/3/92 18,770 miles

15/7/94 28,648 miles

5/8/95 35,807 miles

13/12/96 38,445 miles

27/4/2000 42,393 miles

28/5/2002 46,460 miles

30/3/2017 48,317 miles

Between 2002 and 2014, it was owned by a collector and only covered 1,390 miles, and then spent 7 years on SORN, hence the absence of service book entries. The fourth owner bought the car in 2014 and drove it for just 81 miles.

The previous owner bought the car in November 2015 and placed it with a Devon restorer for 12 months, who stripped the car, resprayed it and repaired or replaced parts. Following the restoration, he put the car with a well-known Jaguar specialist for final sorting and sundry works that cost another £2,400. They also serviced it and put it through an MOT with no advisories that expires at the end of March 2018. The only items that don’t work are the air conditioning and the electric aerial.

We have the green Jaguar wallet with original handbook, radio cassette handbook, service record book and warranty, extended warranty and full information pack for the Jaguar ‘In Touch’ car phone, which sits in the bespoke armrest. We also have a Jaguar Heritage Trust Production Record Trace Certificate, confirming chassis and engine numbers and that the exterior paint was Silver Birch metallic and the trim was Doeskin – all as they are today.

A great and rare colour scheme and a lovely useable classic with low miles at a great price.