This is a limited production Hess & Eisenhardt (1 of 893 cars built). Hess & Eisenhardt built these convertibles under contract from Jaguar from 1986 thru to 1988, this being one of the last. The open roof styling of these cars with a very “flat appearance” is considered a lot more attractive than the later Jaguar built convertibles. This is the 5.3-litre V12 HE engine which factory delivered some 270HP in the US. This cars seems to have been “horse-power improved” delivering considerable more get up and go than a typical XJS (read below). The interior of this example is lovely with everything presenting clean and tidy. The seats are perfect which is unusual for the XJS as typically they are dry, hard and cracked. The leather is original and nice without any stains, tears or rips There are no cracks in the dash top, console or armrests, the carpets and headliner are clean. The burl walnut wood throughout is very nice with only some hairline cracking in the clear finish on the passenger side dash and around the gear shifter. Those on the doors are like brand new. The interior truly presents very nice and needs nothing for daily driving and enjoyment. The paint is in great overall condition with only very minor imperfections. It is very shiny and consistent and presents perfectly for driver use. This is a Michigan car for the last 10 years that has never seen snow or salt. There is no under body rust or scale whatsoever – please see underside pix at the photo link provided. The car is completely accident free. On a scale out of 10, I would rate the body a 10 and the paint as an easy 9. The convertible top is in excellent original condition without any tears or frays. The rear glass is clean without scratches. The electric operation is working as it should as are the latches. Mechanically the car is very sound. The car drives smooth, strong and quietly. Interestingly, the awesome power of the car suggests some things have been tweaked as she really gets up goes. The obvious change is the fitment of a performance air intake kit but my guess is there has been more (not sure if “power chips” were implemented on these cars). The original intake housings are with the car. Recent maintenance included brake inspection, fluids, light-tune, radiator hoses and general service & safety inspection. Tyres are top quality Michelin 215/70s with plenty of tread. The A/C is not connected. All features and functions; windows, seats, mirrors all work correctly. The car has a perfectly clean AutoCheck report. This is a way above average Jaguar XJS which is in fantastic condition for a fun weekender car. I would describe it close to “immaculate”. It far exceeds average condition examples and comfortably rates as a virtual 10 out of 10 driver condition which earns it regular compliments. You could easily drive this car to your next Jaguar meet with great pride and attract attention.
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Location: Barrington, Illinois, United States