1988 Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible Auto


  • 5.3L HE V12 
  • Low genuine mileage
  • Extensive recent expenditure
  • Former Jaguar Heritage car
  • Formerly part of the biggest collection of British cars - the Dr James Hull collection 


With the reign of Jaguar's E-Type coming to an end, Jaguar needed a new figure, a new car that would display the very manifestation of the brand and in 1975 the XJ-S was revealed. Built to be grand, luxurious and powerful, the XJ-S provided an elegant grand-tourer experience encased in a superbly styled sleek body. 

This exceptional example comes with an exceptional history. Starting life on the channel islands, the V12 Convertible has covered a mere 37,166 miles, benefiting from extensive maintenance and care throughout its existence.

Adopted into the largest-ever collection of British Cars, the Dr James Hull collection in 2005 and then by Jaguar in 2014 and recommissioned and used as part of their heritage collection in Germany the car is now owned by an enthusiast who has invested over £7,000 bringing the car up to a distinguished standard.


  • Registered Jersey, Channel Islands 3rd June 1988 
  • Supplied by St Heliers Garage 
  • V5c present 
  • 1st owner from 1988 - 1992 
  • 2nd ownership 1992-1993 
  • 3rd ownership (husband of 2nd owner) - 1993-2002 
  • 4th ownership from 2002 - 2005 
  • 5th ownership - Dr James Hull Collection 2005 - 2014 
  • 6th ownership - Jaguar Land Rover (Jaguar Heritage) 2014 -2021 
  • Current ownership - 2021 to present 
  • Believed to have received body recommissioning under James Hull collection 
  • Mechanically overhauled during Jaguar ownership 
  • Original manufactures book packs & service portfolio 
  • 19 service entries present 
  • Prior MOT certificates supplied 
  • Additional maintenance invoices included 
  • Large mechanical expenditure 2021 to the sum of £4,485 


  • Premium Luxury executed perfectly 
  • Very good condition with very little wear present 
  • Recently cleaned and refurbished leather 
  • Recently french polished walnut trim 

Presented in great overall condition, the aristocratic interior of this Grand-Tourer is a comfortable and civilised experience. The premium interior has been amplified thanks to a recent cleaning and refurbishment of the leather plus French polishing of the ski slope centre console. Very little wear is evident, with any blemishes being an embryonic stage.

The carpets display minor marks and sagging but take nothing away from the car's grandeur. Some switches have been renewed with new OEM units and the speaker for the Motorola car phone has been removed but accompanies the car.


  • Fabulous grand tourer convertible 
  • Presented excellently with only minor blemishes present 
  • Sweeping sporty body, with an imposing stance 

Externally, the majestic convertible is in excellent condition with only the smallest of blemishes present. The attractive blue paint sheens handsomely as does the homework with no indication of patina showing on the bumper trims. 

The coach lines have been removed from the car, which has left a discrete reminder of their presence which has been touched in. In addition, there is a small blemish on the boot lid. The imposing, dignified appearance of the XJS is heightened in Cabriolet form, the folding black roof retreats easily into a matching tonneau cover, allowing for the cab to be engorged by the tremendous V12 ensemble.

Altogether, this XJS is a wonderful example of the iconic model.


  • 5.3L HE V12 Engine 
  • Automatic transmission 
  • Reported to be in excellent running condition 
  • Drives superbly 
  • Thousands invested to ensure perfect performance 
  • New air Conditioning system fitted at a cost of £1,200 
  • Recent heater overhaul at the cost of £800 
  • Extensive mechanical overall in 2021 
  • Work included roof mechanism repair 
  • Oil & filter change 
  • Air filters 
  • Replaced gearbox mounting 
  • 2 New wheel bearings 
  • New front shocks 
  • New rear shocks 
  • Renewed diff and gear oils 
  • Waxoyld and undersealed 
  • Renewed boot and bonnet gas struts 
  • MOT until May 2024 

Reported to be in excellent running condition, this XJS has been subject to extensive recent mechanical inspection and recommissioning. Supported by a substantial amount of paperwork and service entries, this XJS has thousands invested into ensuring perfect performance.


Ruling for over two decades, the British Grand-Tourer has big shoes to fill replacing the beloved E-Type. Its stately design incorporated everything Jaguar stands for, it is an exceptional classic.

This XJS boasts further appeal thanks to its unique and interesting history as part of two incredible collections, the Dr James Hull collection plus Jaguars Heritage collection.

With only 37,166 miles this convertible offers a special opportunity to own an ideal collectors car that has been blessed to be a part of Britain's largest collections.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1988
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model Xj-S V12 Auto
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 37,166 Miles
  • Engine size 5300
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Glasgow
  • Location Scotland
  • Country United Kingdom

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