London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
2 December 2003
1988 JAGUAR XJ-S V12 CONVERTIBLE
Registration No. A2 SHY
Chassis No. SAJJNADW3DA151528
Engine No. 8S059662HA
Bordeaux metallic with beige leather interior and black hood
Engine: V12, 5,343cc, 262bhp at 5,000rpm; Gearbox: 3 speed automatic; Suspension: independent by front wishbone and coil springs; Brakes: four wheel ventilated disc. Right hand drive.
Through the 1950s and 1960s Jaguar had, in the XK series and later the E-type two-seaters, produced coupes and open roadsters of unsurpassed performance and glamour. When at last the moment came to retire the sleek E-type, Jaguar Cars chose not to replace it with another sports model. The world had changed and with it the market for high performance cars. Introduced in the autumn of 1975, its successor was the V12 engined XJS, an effortless grand cruiser. There was no lack of performance, with a top speed in excess of 150mph and a 0-60 time of sub-7 seconds, but the emphasis was always on its effortless ability to cover great distances at cruising speeds up to 140mph, while cosseting its occupants in near silence. More softly suspended than its predecessors, sumptuously upholstered, by far the most expensive Jaguar until the XK8 arrived, the XJ-S fully deserved to be called exclusive. As one would expect, specification is comprehensive and luxuries include cruise control, heated and electric seats, on-board computer and a leather-rimmed steering wheel.
This two owner from new example was delivered to its first owner on 26th June 1988 via Jaguar main agents Armstrong-Massey of York. The second owner then acquired the car in April of the following year and judging from insurance paperwork in the glovebox it appears to have resided in the South of France for some time before returning to the UK.
Visual condition throughout is fair for its age, the driver's seat has suffered some wear to the piping on the entry side and the seats could benefit from thorough cleaning. Presumably due to the time spent exposed in the South of France, the lacquer finish to the wood trim has started to discolour and lift in places and the centre console has a mobile phone housing attached. The bodywork is good in general except for the passenger side where some small dents are evident. Christie's have been able to run the car and the engine started promptly and sounded well, when moving the car we did however notice that the power steering system makes considerable noise and most certainly requires attention prior to use, the electric roof was also inoperative. The odometer currently displays 15,838 miles, the same figure it did when last MOT'd in July 1999 and thus we would assume that the odometer had ceased to function prior to this inspection. The cherished number A2 SHY is offered with the lot although there is currently no V5 with the vehicle and the new owner would have to apply for a new document from the DVLA in Swansea.
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