Can anyone solve the mystery behind this XJ-S Cabriolet, brought to our attention by AROnline reader Martin Benham?
The car has belonged to a friend of Martin’s for quite some time, and has been off the road since 2009.
According to the DVLA Vehicle Enquiry website, it was first registered in May 1980 and is a Jaguar ‘two-axle rigid body’ with the venerable 5.3-litre V12 under the bonnet. It pre-dates both the HE and the official XJ-S Cabriolet, and there are no indications, such as a plaque or plate, of it being supplied by a convertor of the day, such as Lynx.
The XJ-S is clearly in need of some TLC, but is not beyond redemption. It is fitted with an HE bonnet, wheels and coachline, which suggest it may have been coachbuilt, a pre-production prototype, or maybe a later car assuming the identity of an earlier one?
Any Jaguar fans out there who can shed any light on what it might be? And if anyone is interested in rescuing it, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll pass on your details to Martin.