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1989 Jaguar XJS 5.3 V12 Convertible


• Presented in metallic light blue with Navy blue leather interior
• A superb grand tourer, oozing character & sophistication
  • Recent new mohair roof and cover

The Background 

Jaguars’ replacement for its ‘60s sporty E Type, the XJS was designed to take on both Ferrari & Lamborghini in the Grand Tourer category. With its V12 engine, it was capable of 0-60 mph in under 8 seconds, with a top speed just short of 150mph, no mean feat in the early ‘70s.

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The History

First registered on the 3rd of January 1989 by supplying dealers Stratstone of Central London, this XJS has only averaged 2015 miles a year over the last 33 years, but most of these were in the cars first four years. 

The service book shows that servicing was carried out almost exclusively by Jaguar main dealers, with the car moving up to Norfolk around 1995 and into the care of Mann Eggerton in Norwich.

The last service stamp in the book is at 65,752 miles in June 2010.

After this, we understand it was dry stored by its owner for the next 10 years, being regularly exercised around his grounds before a sale ensued around the end of 2019.

Subsequently bought by the vendor in 2021 and used on very rare occasions last summer, it’s now up for sale as it just doesn’t fit with his current requirements….ie his wife doesn’t seem to like it unfortunately…

The Paperwork

Original handbooks in the dealer’s wallet, workshop manual, original XJS sales brochure and the Jaguar service record are all present.

The XJS has an Mot until August 2022.

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The Interior

Typically Jaguar with a wooden veneered dash, black faced dials with the odd chrome trim tastily added to finish things off, all of which are in excellent condition.

Seats are finished in navy blue quality leather, and too are in great condition, with just a little scuffing on the drivers’ seat bolster. Sumptuous carpets smother the floor and appear in great condition, clean & no holes/ fraying with no signs at all of damp having crept in.

There are electrically heated & adjustable seats, electric windows & roof, cruise control and all complemented by the original radio. As you’ll see in the photos, the interior really is in excellent condition all the way through.

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The Exterior

This car has obviously benefited from garage storage all its life. Paintwork would appear to be original and whilst not concourse standard, would please most owners as it is virtually spotless.

The odd very small stone chip & a little blistering around the XJS badge on the boot were all that we could spot in the blemish dept. Wheels were shod with matching Pirelli tyres and the rims were in fantastic condition, we don’t think this XJS has seen much winter driving over the years.

The roof is a recent new addition and by the looks of is, so too is the roof cover for when the roof is folded away. Both are in Navy mohair as original, and fit is spot on. 

So overall, a great looking XJS Convertible which isn’t in need of any exterior work for the foreseeable future. 

The Mechanics

When we moved the Jag around for photos, it started instantly with the engine remaining very quiet as one would expect from a V12 engine of this providence.
It shifted into drive and reverse for manoeuvring with ease and is said by the vendor to be extremely pleasant to drive, especially with the electric roof down letting the sunshine in.

All switches & electrics are said to be operational as expected.

The Appeal

These beautiful grand tourers from Jaguar are rarely found in such an excellent condition and this Jag has certainly been pampered by its keepers throughout its life.

Effortless cruising ability, smooth ride, topless & of course that sumptuous interior, what more could a gentleman want from this fast-appreciating classic. It even has a large boot for those golf clubs or touring luggage. 

Tour of the Alp passes this summer anyone? 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1989
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model XJS Convertible
  • Colour Metallic Light Blue
  • Odometer 66,500 Miles
  • Engine size 5343
  • Location Yorkshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
18 bids
  • Rich Lo•••• £16,000 23/01/22
  • Auction•••• £15,500 22/01/22
  • Stephen•••• £14,000 22/01/22
  • SC55 £13,000 22/01/22
  • Stephen•••• £12,500 22/01/22
  • lynn £11,500 22/01/22
  • adam-sa•••• £10,000 22/01/22
  • jonatha•••• £9,000 22/01/22
  • adam-sa•••• £8,500 22/01/22
  • Richard•••• £8,000 22/01/22

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