1988 Jaguar XJ-S

*** Interested parties should note, this vehicle was subject to a CAT D insurance loss in 03/2000 ***


  • Factory V12 with later 6litre engine 
  • Upgraded interior and aesthetics 
  • Very early factory convertible 
  • Long MOT to February 2025 
  • Super smooth 2 seater GT convertible 

The Appeal 

The JaguarSport XJR-S brought the enhanced performance of the racing XJ-S to the road cars. But it was only available as a coupe. Here is an opportunity to buy an 80s XJ-S convertible with a similar 6litre motor as those uprated cars.
The car left the factory a month after the full convertible first became available in showrooms. Back then it was fitted with a 5.3litre V12. It was uprated to the 6litre version prior to 2004, when the current keeper bought the car. It was extensively restored some years ago, including fresh paint and a later interior, and has covered very few miles since. Just 1,200 miles in 20 years in fact. 
It remains in good order, only some light areas to note in photographs, and is sold with a fresh MOT to February 2025. These ultra smooth, effortlessly quick cars are great weekend GTs and this uprated car neatly dials up those qualities. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 1st June 1988 
  • Factory convertible available for delivery from May 1988 so this is a very early car
  • Seven registered keepers from new 
  • Current keeper acquired car on 12th September 2004
  • Prior owner completed a program of restoration and upgrades as listed after purchasing the car from the insurance company following the Cat D write off 
  • History file includes old invoices 
  • Typed and printed record of maintenance history from September 2004 to April 2020 
  • Engine service at 105,243 miles in September 2005
  • Gearbox repairs undertaken at the same time 
  • Mileage is now 106,568 
  • Alternator and brake repairs in October 2023 by vendor 
  • Letter dated Sep 2023 confirming DVLA had updated the engine number to match the engine change to 6 litre recorded previously. 
  • MOT valid to 14th February 2025 with advisories and 106,563 miles showing on test 

The Condition

  • Older restoration including respray in original red 
  • Paintwork in presentable condition with no noticeable marks 
  • Bodywork is straight with clean lines and panels 
  • Some light deterioration to bodywork notable in photographs 
  • Underside is well kept with undersealing and no MOT structural advisories 
  • Later XK8 18in alloy wheels in good order with light marks 
  • XJ-S factory badge deleted and 6.0 badge added to boot 
  • Black fabric roof in good order with clear rear glass screen 
  • USA specification quad headlamp conversion 
  • Bridgestone and Pirelli tyres fitted 
  • Barley leather seats fitted from later facelift car and show only light wear
  • Later burr walnut veneers fitted showing only light deterioration around vents
  • Door cards in matching barley and in good condition 
  • Period Alpine radio cassette fitted with CD multichanger in boot 
  • Spare Alpine multi CD changer
  • Genuine Jaguar toolkit in plastic case
  • Custom perspex wind deflector to minimise wind disturbance with roof down
  • Later Series 2 interior with electric seats
  • Super woofer and 200w amp fitted to boost sound system so you can hear music even with roof down

The Mechanics 

  • Factory 5.3litre car now fitted with 6litre V12 engine 
  • 3spd automatic gearbox 
  • Uprated exhaust system 
  • Detailed maintenance history provided in photographs 
  • Recent MOT with only minor advisories 
  • Powerflow Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Sensamatic Shock Absorbers
  • Low profile tyres which sharpen the handling
  • No reported running or driving issues 
  • Re cored radiator
  • New oil cooler


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A non-refundable deposit will be payable if you are the winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted, refer to FAQs and T&Cs for details. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is highly recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
UK-registered cars and motorbikes on Car & Classic are run through an online HPI check, to verify that they show no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and have no finance owing. 
Whilst ****Car & Classic check whether vehicles are recorded as being written off as part of an insurance total loss claim at the time an advert is placed and we provide write-off category labels (Cat C/D/S/N) for your assistance, the presence or absence of a label does not guarantee the vehicle’s status and so you are strongly advised to obtain a full vehicle history check before making an offer on a vehicle. 
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  • Year 1988
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model XJSC
  • Colour Red
  • Mileage 106,568 Miles
  • Engine size 6000
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Alyth
  • County Scotland
  • Country United Kingdom
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