1990 Jaguar Xjs Conv; Fresh Out Of A Dozen Years In Covered, Dry Storage. on 2040-cars
Abbeville, South Carolina, United States
car was soiled and dirty, but we could see that the body was straight
and original with no sign of damage or repair.
really got interesting when we lifted the truck lid.
saw the factory boot cover, no scuffs, scrapes or rips and the
original tool bag, unsoiled and with the original tools. The spare
was a Pirelli P-600, with “369” as the date code (36th
week of 1989, the first week of September).
car was manufactured in Sept. 1989, so it was one of the original
tires. When we raised the truck mat, expecting to see the usual rusty
mess, we were shocked at the clean, shiny, totally rust-free metal,
just like it left the factory in Sept. 1989.
what sealed the deal for us. We were looking at an original,
unmolested Jaguar convertible, an early 1990 model in best best
colors, black over tan.
glass date code shows it's the original British Triplex, manufactured
in July 1989. This is really an original car.
took the car to C.D. Ramey Automotive, well known Jaguar-Porsche
mechanic in the Greenville-Spartenburg, SC area, and told him to do
what ever it needed to get the car running again and make it road
months and $4,017.48 later, was ready.
what was done:
heater hoses and heater control valve
system flushed and fresh antifreeze added
set of tires installed
spark plugs, OEM ignition wires, distributor cap, rotor button and
fuel injection hoses installed
and filter changed and 12 quarts 20W-50 Castrol added
tank full of rust and gunk; removed fuel tank and sent to specialist
for rust removal, cleaning and coating
filter, sending unit, and various hoses, seals & clamps installed
ABS brake accumulator installed so anti-lock brake system functions
premium battery installed
drove the Jag on an eighty-mile shake-out cruise on a 90 degree SC
summer day and it ran fine, smooth, powerful and the engine temp
indicator stayed right in the middle where it's supposed to.
cleaned it up, waxed it and took some pictures. You can see the result.
Jaguar appears to be a totally original, unmolested car, just the
kind collectors look for. It's the last year of the original body
style before the face lift of 1991. The paint, the chrome, the top,
the wheels and the boot cover all appear to be factory original. We
think the exhaust system is also factory original because the word
“Jaguar” occurs as embossed letters. The only flaws we can find
in the body is a tiny scuff just to the right of the left taillight
and the chrome on the left rear bumper is a bit cloudy. Neither shows
up in regular pictures, but we took a close up of this area, which
shows both flaws.
you know, white hides a lot of sins, but black hides nothing. If you
study the pictures, you can't help but be impressed with how straight this car really is.
didn't clean the fuel injected 326 cubic inch (5.3 liter) SOHC 285
horsepower twelve-cylinder engine because we didn't need to. The
picture is the “As-Found” condition. The GM air conditioning
compressor is still present. That's right, it uses a GM compressor,
which makes it a lot cheaper to buy a replacement if one is ever
needed, but's not now because the air conditioning blows cold. We
measured 54 degrees at the center vent with the control knob set to
“normal,” not bad for a car of this vintage.
odometer reads 33,783, but it's not to be believed. Our guess is a
replacement odometer was installed because the electronic odometer
Jaguar used is know to fail.
service records with the car, the last documented mileage is 56,292.
Not long after that, the owner installed a set of Michelin V-Rated
tires. These Michelin tires were on the car when it was removed from
storage and they had good tread, about 95% we guessed. Based on this,
we estimate the actual miles this car has been driven as 60-65,000.
wished we could have kept these tires, but from sitting in one spot
for a dozen years, they had developed such serious flat spots that
simply driving down a smooth highway shook the car worse than
continuous speed bumps. A new set of tires was a necessity.
follows is a point-by-point summary of the condition:
& PAINT: Straight
and Original; No signs of rust of rust repair. No signs of ever being
hit or body repair; must have always been garaged. Smooth,
glistening, gleaming paint; no evidence that we can see that it was
- really nice condition as shown in the images.
pad & steering wheel
– Factory Original; smooth, straight, no signs of fading, peeling,
cracking or sun damage.
– Jaguar original, nice condition, minor wear on driver's seat
commensurate with age and estimated mileage; no wear or stains
visible on carpet, which is English Wilton wood carpet, not your
ordinary nylon carpeting.
– Clean, original, nice. The storage compartment behind the seats
can be locked.
– Unlike American convertibles, the XJS has a full headliner hiding
the top bows and mechanical bits that lower the top, making it look
like a coupe when the top is up. If the headliner is crummy, expect a
big bill to replace it. In this car, it's original, unsoiled and nice
as you can see.
Boot Cover, and Glass
– All factory original and nice; glass date code is July 1989, as
shown in image 6.
– Often overlooked at the buyer's peril because it costs a lot of
money to replace the weather seals in a Jaguar. In this car, it's all
original, soft, flexible, no cracking, no pulling loose, no peeling.
– The wheels are original Jaguar and look like the one below:
bright, shiny, no road rash, no big scrapes, scuffs or scratches. The
Jag has four-wheel disk brakes, but they are “inboard” rather
than the usual “outboard.” This cuts way down on the amount of
brake dust and helps keep the wheels looking good.
– The little detail items help make a Jaguar a Jaguar. All are
really nice on this car, as shown in the next three images. The third
of these pictures is the really neat gas filler, which we demonstrate
in the “walk around” video.
Potential – After years of toiling in the doldrums of the collector car
world, it looks like the XJS convertibles are ready to take off. As
our expert witness, we cite Keith Martin's just-released Summer-Fall
edition of the Sports
Car Market Pocket Price Guide, p.
34, in which these cars are now listed as a “four-star”
collectible which means they will appreciate at a faster rate than
the collector car market as a whole. The SCM Experts project a 15% appreciation
within one year. Compare that to what a bank pays you on your money.
to end our description, we'll just show a few pictures of the car and
let it speak for itself.
door is open for you. Be the high bidder and it will be you who gets
in this Jag and drives away.
you like what you see in these pictures, be sure to take a look at
the two embedded videos. The first one is what you would see if you
walked around the car, checking it out.
second one is a short test drive. It lets you hear the car start,
hear the engine running with the hood raised and hear the exhaust
note. Then we get behind the wheel and take her out for a little
spin. You will hear just how quiet and smooth this car is and how
well it runs.
WE ARE: Like Wayne Carini, we look for, buy, enjoy and sell classic
cars, cars that are unusual, cars that interest us. In other words,
we are car nuts. We've been crazy about cars for a long time, me
since I was 10 years old and my wife since we were married more than
forty years ago. I'm 71 now and my wife will soon be 70. We're both
retired, so we have the time to play around with all kinds of great
cars, cars we could have never afforded when they were new. Looking
back, if only we had kept some of the cars we used to have,
especially the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT. We bought it in 1978 for $8500,
enjoyed it for a couple of years and sold it for $8500. That car
today is worth more than our house.
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is no substitute for your own personal inspection of the car, and we
encourage that. But a lot of time with eBay car auctions, people live to
far away to make that practical. For that reason, we post a lot of
high resolution images of the car so bidders can get a good look at
what they're bidding on. It's not as good as looking at the car
itself, but it does give you a really good idea of what the car looks
We also want you to be able to hear and see the car in action,
which is why we've posted a Walk-Around video and a test drive video.
Be sure to look at both of those at least once.
love to have you come out and see just how nice this car really is.
Keep in mind that inspections must be completed before the auction
closes, not after you win the bid.
We will be happy to cooperate with
any shipping arrangements you might make, but shipping is at your
expense. We will also store the car in our garage for a reasonable
period of time until you can make shipping arrangements.
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if you do not intend to pay, please do not bid. If you need
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number of high resolution images are presented below showing the car
from all angles. They are well worth studying closely. A You-Tube
video is also embedded below with a walk-around inspection and a
short drive so you can hear and see the car in action. Note how
easily the engine starts and how smoothly it runs as well as how
solid the car is as it drives along the bumpy gravel driveway.
If you want to know what was going through the minds of decisionmakers at Jaguar when the company decided to build the batty C-X75 Concept, look no further than the quick video after the jump. Jaguar set about building a car with the performance of a Bugatti Veyron, the electric range of a Chevrolet Volt and the emissions of a Toyota Prius, and they turned to a legendary engineering firm to help make it happen. Williams, the same crew behind Williams F1, helped Jaguar stitch the concept car together, and the result is unlike anything we've seen before. The twin-charged 1.6-liter four-cylinder mounted amidship is paired with an electric motor at each wheel for a combined output of over 850 horsepower. And, since the whole chassis is hewn from carbon fiber, a production version would've been light enough to give machines like the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari a run for their money. Shame they apparently couldn't make the business case work. Watch the concept build story in the video below for yourself.
We were quite impressed by Mercedes-Benz when it aired its Magic Body Control commercial, starring a group suitably funky chickens demonstrating their ability to jive to Diana Ross and the Supremes. Now, Jaguar has taken the opportunity to poke some fun at its German rival, releasing its own take on the Magic Body Control spot, and um, there's a big cat involved. You'll really want to take a look at this video, which is just another sign that in terms of clever ads, Jaguar is doing quite well. We aren't sure if "Jaguar vs. Chicken" will make it onto TV any time soon, but it's still fun to see the British brand take the mickey out of Mercedes - it's rare to see automakers go after each other so bluntly in their marketing efforts. Scroll down to watch the video (we've also included a bonus video, Jag's recent "Cat In A Box" spot).
Forget Tawny Kitaen. If you want to make a Jaguar XJ rock, just do what this guy did: stuff a heavily modified and turbocharged General Motors V8 under the hood, and take it to the track. The video calls this Series 1 XJ a sleeper, but with its open exhaust and obvious turbo whistle, the once-gentlemanly sedan is anything but. The owner says that the engine is GM LQ9 V8 that has been stroked to 402 cubic inches putting out around 720 horsepower with 12 pounds of boost (in standard form, this 6.0-liter V8 was used in the second-gen Cadillac Escalade). Check out the video below to see what that kind of power does for this classic Jaguar in the eighth-mile.