1987 Jaguar XJ-SC 3.6 Cabriolet
of this classic Cabriolet; 96,300 miles; last serviced 3,000 miles ago; Waxoyl
Not only does Jaguar’s wonderful XJS pull off the tricky
feat of getting more handsome as every year goes by, it also has that magic
carpet ride that no longer seems to exist in the cars of today. Launched in 1975
it was initially only available as a V12, but soaring oil prices meant that a
smaller engined version was soon on the cards.
In 1983 it became the first model to receive Jaguar's new
225bhp 3.6-litre AJ6 engine, a very smooth and potent unit that was not far
short of the V12 in terms of outright performance and was in a different league
for economy. "It is the 24-valve engine's flexibility that impresses most,"
wrote Autocar. "Such is its low-down pulling power that, in town and urban
conditions, one rarely needs more than 2,000rpm to keep up with the traffic
flow." Capable of hitting 60 in a whisker over 7 seconds on its way to a top
speed of 137mph, at a steady 56mph it could still deliver 36mpg.
Fresh detailing and better build quality also helped
restore the XJS’s lustre and Jaguar turned to creating an open-topped version.
In engineering terms, Jaguar's first version of an open-top XJS was somewhat
conservative. The car had not been designed with an open version in mind, so a
Targa-top roof was adopted. This used a substantial roll hoop to maintain
rigidity in the absence of a fixed roof and the two removable roof panels could
be stored in the boot. The coupe’s rear seats were removed and replaced with a
pair of luggage lockers topped by a parcel shelf.
Widely regarded as the best-looking XJS of all, only
around 5,000 cabriolets were built before it was replaced by the full
convertible in 1988, and good ones are increasingly sought after today.
Dating from October 1987, this XJS-C is definitely one of
the good ones. It has covered some 96,300 miles to date and, although the
handbooks have gone missing, it comes with a good sheaf of invoices to show
upkeep over the years. The most recent service invoice is from Jaguar dealership
Harwoods of Basingstoke at 92,269 miles in August 2013 which included cleaning
the fuel injectors.
The air conditioning system was also overhauled in 2016
and it had new front and rear suspension springs in 1997 at around 70k miles.
The bodywork/structure was rust-proofed with high pressure Waxoyl in 1996 and an
AutoWatch alarm/immobiliser has also been fitted at some time.
As you can see in the photos, the car looks very
presentable with a nice blue leather interior, good bodywork and attractive
Starfish alloys shod with a matching set of quality Toyo tyres. An online MOT
history check shows that the car has been very sparingly used in the last few
years and that it has a current MOT until 9th
June 2021 with no
advisories recorded. It has been starting promptly and running nicely as we have
moved it around on site with good 60psi oil pressure.
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