Jaguar XJS Cabriolet

With its smooth V12 power, good looks, luxurious appointments and 150-plus mph top-speed potential, Jaguar’s all-new XJS debuted in 1976 as the long awaited successor to the legendary E-Type, which was discontinued after 1974. Dramatically different, the XJS was the first Jaguar styled without the personal oversight of company founder Sir William Lyons. Major design cues included a wider stance, quad headlights within oval housings, a rectangular grille and a flowing “flying buttress” roofline.

Produced for 20 years through 1996, the XJS was more than a worthy successor to the E-Type, and today, it remains the longest-running model in Jaguar’s illustrious and storied history. While the XJS was not raced as extensively as its predecessor, it was raced very successfully nonetheless, most notably by Bob Tullius’ Group 44 Racing in America, as well as by Tom Walkinshaw, who won the European Touring Car Championship in 1984. A cabriolet variant was produced in association with famed American coachbuilders Hess & Eisenhardt in 1987 and 1988, and the response was so positive that Jaguar produced the cabriolet in-house from 1989 though 1996.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.

262 bhp, 5,343 cc V12 engine with electronic fuel injection, three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms with coil springs and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102".

Source: RM Auctions

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