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Sold for: £21,150
Offered at £36,000 in 1988, the XJS Convertible was considerably more than merely a Coupé with the roof removed Finished in Arctic Blue with a cream hide interior and automatic transmission Only three former keepers and indicating a remarkable 14,700 miles Competitively estimated XJS' of this quality (particularly convertibles) are developing real 'legs' in the current market The XJS Convertible, which first appeared in 1988 at a price of £36,000, was considerably more than merely a Coupé with the roof removed. The earlier ''T'-top' Cabriolet paved the way as the first open Jaguar since the departure of the E-Type in 1975, but this was to be the first full convertible and a strengthened sub-frame was employed in order to alleviate scuttle shake. It looked superb and elegant with the hood erect or folded and finally met the demands of the highly valued North American market. Retaining the roomy cockpit space of the coupé, the new convertible boasted a useful shelf for extra luggage and all the expected Jaguar refinements as standard. The XJS' superb 5.3-litre engine developed some 295bhp in later fuel injected form and, even when allied to an automatic transmission, the car was capable of a genuine 150mph. It made for a very fine open-top 'Grand Touring' car, exceeding the specification of other home-grown machinery and being much cheaper than the equivalent high-profile Mercedes SL. On offer here is a right-hand drive automatic example finished in Arctic Blue with a cream hide interior. The odometer shows 14,700 miles which, looking at the condition of this fantastic example, certainly looks to be correct but cannot be warranted. Only three previous owners have enjoyed this particular example, with the previous owning it for 21 years before it was acquired by our vendor. Competitively estimated when you consider the condition and indicated mileage, XJS’ of this quality (particularly convertibles) are developing real ‘legs’ in the current market.