The Classic Sale At Silverstone Festival 25th - 27th August 2023

+ buyers premium of 12.5% plus VAT (15% incl VAT) on the first £300,000 of the hammer and 10% plus VAT (12% incl VAT) thereafter 125 Registration: F200 AAB Chassis No.: SAJJNADW3DB158444 Estimate: £35,000 - £40,000 Specialist: Arwel Richards Telephone No: 07434 960868 Lot 627 1989 Jaguar XJ-S 5.3-Litre V12 Convertible 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 Coupe. It was not until 1988 that a full convertible became available. It is fair to say that Jaguar took their time to perfect the convertible mechanism, and such was its durability it was adopted by Aston Martin for the DB7 Volante. As confirmed by a Jaguar Cars Ltd. letter and the front page of the service book, this XJ-S was bought by our vendor’s father, known as JJ, from T.W.R. Jaguar Ltd. of Coventry on 23rd February 1989, and first registered as JJ 184, which stayed on the car until 2005. Unusually specified for the time in white with red and grey coachlines and contrasting navy leather with matching dark blue mohair hood, the car has remained in the family from new. The accompanying service book records annual services by T.W.R up to 1992 and following a period of being offroad due to JJ’s more frequent use of his Aston Martin, it was then serviced between 1999 to 2001 at Victoria Wood Oakham Ltd., Rutland, and displayed the mileage of 16,765 miles on 23rd February 2001 before long-term storage. In October 2020 the family commissioned the renowned marque specialists Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, to commence a programme of works to bring the car back to its best. The accompanying invoices note the mileage at commencement of 19,716 miles. The meticulous attention to the car’s suspension, brakes, gearbox and sundry auxiliaries are methodically receipted and amount to over £20,000. Later transferred, in July 2021, to our vendor’s name, the car has been professionally stored and has covered just 98 miles since, as confirmed by the current odometer reading of 19,814, at the time of cataloguing. We must note the preservation of the supplying main dealer window stickers. Presented to auction with the aforementioned Jaguar Cars Ltd. copy letter, historical and current receipts, previous MOT Certificates, tool kit, T.W.R tax disc holder and the embossed green bookpack that includes the manuals, Customer Certificates of Completion and the service book. The V5C confirm a total of three keepers, the first was JJ’s company, then him personally and finally our vendor. Today’s classic car market has matured to respect the raffish lines of the XJ-S and prices acknowledge the Convertible’s status as the only car that offers the best of British, namely silky-smooth performance and traditional interior. Built in an era when luxury British grand tourers were either hyper expensive wallowing land- yachts or low-production sports cars prone to faults whilst sporting parent company parts-bin switchgear, the XJ-S Convertible is in a class of its own. The perfect car for the first-time classic owner, and equally, the ideal choice for the aging British heritage enthusiast who wishes to upgrade to a capable luxury cruiser. Subject to over £20,000 of recent works, just 19,813 miles from new and direct from single family-ownership. More Details Lot 627 Bid On Lot 627