19th Jun, 2024 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 39

1987 Jaguar XJ-SC 5.3
Highly credible 46,000 miles from new

Estimated at £12,000 - £14,000

Lot details

Registration No: T.B.A
Chassis No: SAJJNACW3CC137781
MOT: May 2025

  • Delightfully original and displaying a highly credible c.46,000 miles from new and one former registered keeper
  • Recently subject to cosmetic attention including refurbished alloy wheels
  • Finished in the attractive combination of Champagne Gold over a Tan leather interior with Black mohair roof

PLEASE NOTE: This XJ-SC is not supplied with the private registration number displayed in the photographs.

Launched in 1975, Jaguar's XJS was never envisaged as a direct replacement for the E-Type. More of a soporific grand tourer than an out-and-out sports car, it was designed to seamlessly blur borders rather than blast down back roads. To this end, it was equipped with automatic transmission as standard. Although, when fed the quoted 295bhp and 318lbft of torque developed by a post-1981 H.E. (high efficiency) 5.3 litre V12 engine, this still resulted in a claimed top speed of 150mph and 0-60mph in less than eight seconds. Fitted with nicely damped coil-sprung suspension, power-assisted rack and pinion steering and potent four-wheel disc brakes, elements of its design were bequeathed to both the Jaguar XK8 and Aston Martin DB7. Though, sadly neither inherited the legendary 5343cc V12 engine. A versatile design that combined lift-out targa panels with a folding rear hood, the XJS-C (C for Cabriolet) proved rarer than the full Convertible that succeeded it.

Chassis SAJJNACW3CC137781 was supplied new on 30th January 1987 via HR Owen Ltd of Middlesex to Baron Willem van Dedem, a renowned Art Historian and Collector who was at one time President of The European Fine Art Fair. Van Dedem kept the XJ-SC for only two years before the car was sold on to only other registered keeper. The Cabriolet is supplied with the original Jaguar bookpack including handbooks and the all-important service record and warranty book. The latter reportedly contains five stamps up to 29,805 miles. Understood to have been laid-up for a number of years following the death of its second registered keeper, the Jaguar has recently been recommissioned. The vendor has also reconditioned the wheels and fitted a vinyl headlining in place of the original wool type that was prone to sagging.

The seller describes the car as being an 'excellent original example’ given its age, with the sumptuous Champagne Gold paintwork benefiting from a recent polish and the Beige leather interior showing only minimal aging with no signs of recolouring previously. Displaying a highly credible 46,029 miles at the time of consignment, this handsome XJ-SC is offered with a fresh MOT valid until May 2025.

For more information, please contact:
Lucas Gomersall
07484 082430


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 19th Jun, 2024

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