Auction Watch : Lynx Eventer

The XJ-S you can take shopping

It’s not often that an example of the delectable Lynx Eventer comes up for sale, but this low-mileage, fully-storied example is up for auction now, and we’ll be tracking it to see how it performs.

This 1983 example is described by the seller as being, ‘unmolested and completely original’, and certainly looks the part in its photos. The Jaguar XJ-S-based V12 Eventer is part of a very exclusive club, as only 67 examples were converted by Hastings-based coachbuilder Lynx Engineering in the early 1980s.

All of them were bespoke-built to customer specifications, so no two Eventers are the same.

Originated in Yorkshire

Supplied new by Appleyard of Harrogate, this Jaguar XJ-S Eventer in Racing Green has covered fewer than 100 miles in the past eight years and seems to have lived a sheltered life, below the classic car community’s radar until now. It is offered for auction complete with build sheet, conversion certificate and a substantial service history.

Like the other Lynx Eventers, this XJ-S (no. 11 of 67) was given a new roof, new glass area, rear body panels and internal modifications to move the back seats allowing for more legroom. Rear suspension was stiffened to cope with the extra weight and proportions, and the fuel tank was relocated. The conversion gave the car its typical shooting-brake looks and practicality.   

Keith Adams

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