The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 23
1990 Jaguar XJ-S Convertible

Selling on Friday

1990 Jaguar XJ-S Convertible


• A luxury convertible with true Autobahn performance
• One of the last Jaguars built before Ford ownership
• V-12 power in a factory-correct package
• Lovely green paint with original chrome and trim

5.3-litre V-12 engine, 285 HP, automatic transmission, fully independent coil spring front and rear suspension, four-wheel power disc brakes; wheelbase: 102”

The Jaguar XJ-S (later called XJS) is a luxury grand tourer manufactured and marketed by British automobile manufacturer Jaguar from 1975 to 1996, in coupé, fixed-profile and full convertible body styles. There were three distinct iterations, with a final production total of 115,413 units over 20 years and seven months. Originally developed using the platform of the then current XJ saloon, the XJ-S was noted for its prominent rear flying buttresses. The styling was by Jaguar's pioneering aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer — one of the first designers to apply advanced aero principles to cars.

The redesigned two-seat convertible made its debut in 1988 and was a great hit. Earlier models were built by Hess and Eisenhardt, but by 1990, fine convertibles like this example were completely Jaguar-built. This car brought back the luxury of an open top car to Jaguar with a new sporty steering wheel, well-bolstered leather seats, and a new burled wood trimmed interior. This example features air-conditioning, tan leather power seats, power doors and power windows, along with power steering, power brakes and an AM/FM cassette player. The new convertible top has two layers and is power activated, and this one looks original. It rides on the factory honeycomb alloy wheels and newer radial tires. This car looks, drives and runs like a truly well-cared-for vehicle, with excellent bodywork and paint finishes throughout, and lovely trim everywhere you look. This fine example stands ready for the lucky new owner to enjoy immediately as either a show car or a reliable touring vehicle.

Popping the hood is a visceral experience, with the gorgeous V-12 engine completely filling up the long hood. Few engines solicit the kind of reactions from true car guys like a beautiful Jaguar V-12. With smooth operation and gobs of torque, driving an XJ-S is an experience not to be missed. If you have been waiting for just the right Jaguar to come along, this might be your opportunity. True collectors know there’s nothing quite like owning a 12-cylinder performance-oriented Jag with clear view of the sky above.

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