1985 Jaguar XJ-S HE 7.0-Litre Lister Cabriolet  Chassis no. NACW3CC125105

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Lot 219
1985 Jaguar XJ-S HE 7.0-Litre Lister Cabriolet
Registration no. C186 BHP Chassis no. NACW3CC125105

Sold for £ 11,500 (US$ 15,852) inc. premium
1985 Jaguar XJ-S HE 7.0-Litre Lister Cabriolet
Registration no. C186 BHP
Chassis no. NACW3CC125105

Footnotes

  • 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 - the first open Jaguar since the E-Type’s discontinuation - but it was not until 1988 that a full convertible became available.
    This XJ-S V12 HE Cabriolet was acquired in 1996 from a Mr Stanley Meakins, of Coventry and has been refurbished from top to bottom and sympathetically modified by the present owner. Mechanical work has been carried by Lister Cars, and includes 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, this competitively priced Lister-modified XJ-S is presented in good order throughout and comes complete with MoT to June 2009 and Swansea V5 registration document. Finished in black with cream leather interior, ‘C186 BHP’ 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.

1985 Jaguar XJ-S HE 7.0-Litre Lister Cabriolet  Chassis no. NACW3CC125105
1985 Jaguar XJ-S HE 7.0-Litre Lister Cabriolet  Chassis no. NACW3CC125105
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