One of the most illustrious names in sports car racing history, the Lister-Jaguar, designed by Brian Lister, swept almost all before it during its first full racing season in 1957, and in recent years cars bearing the Lister name have been a major force in GT racing worldwide. From the early 1980s the name has also graced some of the world's fastest road cars, after an agreement first with BLE Automotive and then WP Automotive saw converted XJ-S models marketed as Lister-Jaguars. Conceived as a comfortable and long-legged Grand Routier, rather than an out-and-out sports car like the preceding E-Type, the XJ-S made use of the Jaguar XJ6/XJ12 saloon platform and running gear. Shorter in the wheelbase than its saloon siblings, the XJ-S debuted as a V12-powered coupé, with six-cylinder and soft-top versions following in the 1980s. The car's 150mph performance was not achieved without penalty however, its prodigious thirst causing sales to nosedive as oil prices soared. However, the arrival of the HE (High Efficiency) V12 in 1981 and the introduction of the smaller six enabled it to weather the storm. The introduction of the six-cylinder model in 1983 coincided with that of the Targa-style Cabriolet, which was the first open Jaguar since the E-Type's discontinuation. Previously forming part of the Royal fleet, this XJ-S V12 HE Cabriolet was acquired in 1996 from a Mr Meakins of Coventry and then refurbished from top to bottom and sympathetically modified by the immediately receding owner. Mechanical work was carried by Lister Cars and included the latter's 7.0-litre conversion, five-speed manual gearbox, sports suspension and a new sports exhaust system. Cosmetically the car benefits from US-specification twin headlamps, 'teardrop' alloy wheels and traditionally styled dashboard instruments with capillary-type water and oil temperature gauges. Previously forming part of a small but specialist collection of Jaguars in Scotland, the XJ-S was purchased by the current owner at Bonhams' 'XK60' sale of Jaguar Motor Cars at Goodwood in August 2008 (Lot 219) since when it has formed part of his private collection. (Octane magazine voted this car the sale's 'best buy' in its November 2008 edition). Regularly started since acquisition, it would nevertheless benefit from re-commissioning prior to submission for MoT testing. Finished in black with cream leather interior, 'C186 XHP' represents an exciting opportunity to acquire a unique car possessing an exceptional specification and some very special features, as well as a direct link with one of the greatest of Jaguar exponents. Offered with comprehensive history file and Swansea V5.