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2018-03-09 12:10:36 | pauls writes:
Car to be at auction 3/18
Car has a Buy Now Price: £19,000
1993 JAGUAR XJS 4.0 Hatchback Coupe
Chassis Number: SAJJNAED3EJ189748
Color: Kingfisher Blue
Interior: Doeskin Leather
Having worked for Jaguar since 1979, the owner and inspiration behind this coachbuilt XJS had been obsessed with the idea of creating a hatchback version since 1981. Taking inspiration from previous Jaguar coachbuilders - not least, Lynx with its gorgeous Eventer estate conversion - he spent decades planning how he would create the car you see here.
Starting the project in 2008 with a clean, standard XJS AJ6 4.0-litre automatic with cloth upholstery and an impeccable history, he spent a further two years studying the car in the flesh to confirm that his plans were workable, safe and strong; his role as an homologation manager for Jaguar means he knows a thing or two about engineering safe and aesthetically pleasing vehicles...
He carried out some of the work himself, outsourcing the rest to a series of craftsmen who shared his passion, enthusiasm and uncompromising approach to creating the perfect hatchback.
Only being sold to fund a new project, this is one of the most interesting and carefully conceived conversions we've ever seen; we'd say it is indistinguishable from a factory job but we're pretty sure it might be better than that.
We displayed this beautiful XJS at the London Classic Car Show this weekend, and amongst the engineering and aesthetic compliments, we had a number of people who realised this conversion allowed them to own an XJS. Those whose life includes a mountain bike, a golf trolley, a wheelchair or even a large dog could now feasibly own one of Jaguar's large coupes.
The rear coachwork and hatchback conversion was completed by James Sidwell Classic Cars, chosen not only for the quality of the work (he is renowned in Jaguar circles for his work on the XK120, XK140 and XK150) but the enthusiasm he showed when the owner unveiled his plans for the project.
The work took 55 hours, plus however long it took the owner to painstakingly strip the rear in advance of the work starting. The engineering drawings for the Lynx Eventer were used to assess whether any further strengthening was needed (it wasn't) and the tailgate was constructed around an MGB GT rear screen. The tailgate also incorporates a high-level rear brake light and follows the lines of the XJS's buttresses perfectly, an XJS design feature he was keen to retain.
Steve Natt of Brookfield Paint in Hinckley then painted the car, taking the opportunity to tidy some delamination on the roof as well as repairing some rust around the wheelarches and windscreen. The result is utterly stunning, there is certainly no join.
The bodywork and paintwork remain in fabulous, unmarked condition as do the 18-inch alloy wheels. Taken from a 1998 Jaguar XJR, they are shod with good quality, low-profile tyres and while the seller tells us they do tramline a little at speed, we agree that this is a small price to pay for wheels that fit the arches better than anything that was ever fitted in period.
Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted that the car is fitted with the oval exhaust tailpipes from the Celebration model in place of the round standard pipes. This is just one of dozens of examples of the attention to detail paid throughout the creation of this extraordinary car.
We have looked over this car and the level of engineering and craftsmanship is supremely impressive, please feel free to visit and see for yourself.
The depth and breadth of the interior work is no less impressive: GB Classic Trim undertook the work, which included modifying the rear seat backs into the split versions you see here.
The load space was trimmed in the original carpet material and the rest of the boot, roof and rear passenger compartment followed. The false boot floor is fitted with a gas strut to help with raising such a large piece, a seemingly small piece of engineering that took an awful long time to calculate and install properly...
All-in-all, the work took 58 hours and, again, the quality is probably better than that of the original. Other highlights include aftermarket cruise control and the interior wood trim, steering wheel and gear knob from the Celebration model.
The only niggles are a driver's seatbelt buckle that sometimes doesn't latch first time, non-functioning passenger door mirror, a couple of dashboard bulbs that have blown and a missing badge on the steering wheel. The latter is, however, supplied with the vehicle and just needs fitting.
The straight six engine remains untouched, but is in fine fettle and remains leak-free and free of known faults, as are the rest of the mechanical components. The owner tells us that the car drives "superbly", returning around 26mpg on average. The car's service history is comprehensive and exhaustive, and the car has wanted for nothing over the years.
The custom-built stainless steel fuel tank gives a range of approximately 350 miles and utilizes the existing fuel tanker sender unit, which ensures that the gauge still gives an accurate readout of the amount of petrol in the tank. The fuel filler nozzle is the small 'unleaded' type and the seller tells us that this sometimes causes splashback if the tank is filled in a hurry; he believes that opening this up to the full width to let the air in the tank out more quickly would cure it of this problem.
The XJS comes with a vast quantity of receipts and invoices, old MOT certificates, fully stamped service history book, owner's handbooks, and V5 registration document. The service history and receipts go right back to day one. The car will also be accompanied by a complete history of the conversion, including a photo album, original design sketches and drawings (the first of which were done back in 1981...), copies of the magazine articles written about it and all the receipts associated with the work. Please visit the 'Gallery' section of this listing to see just some of them.
The car also benefits from the displayed registration 30 OXJ and lifetime free membership of the XJS Club.
How do you price a one-of-a-kind car like this? Well, you can start by looking at prices of Lynx Eventers, which start at £40,000 plus. You then need to factor in the vendor's experience with, and knowledge of, the marque (along with almost forty years of planning...) as well as the vast sums of money he has ploughed into converting what was already a very well-preserved standard XJS.
After hours of tapping away on our calculators and applying a little 'man maths'....we are still not sure! For once we can only say this is worth what someone will pay for it; needless to say, the current owner is looking for a premium over a standard car, and funds to complete the next one. One thing for sure, this truly is an unrepeatable car from an impeccable source; if you were to try and recreate it well, we simply don't think you could. Not without his help.
Once bought, this well-known vehicle would be welcome at any Jaguar show or event in the world. It could also be enjoyed as an uber-practical grand touring car, or form the centerpiece of any discerning collector's collection; with the revived interest in classic Jaguars - thanks in no small part to the company's interest in monetizing its heritage via a series of limited edition recreations - we think it should be a safe place to put your money, too.
Viewing is always encouraged, and this car can be seen here at Patina HQ in Abingdon; to arrange an appointment please use the 'Contact Seller' button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our 'Frequently Asked Questions'.
2021-08-25 10:38:19 | pauls writes:
Car returns to auction 9/21
1993 Jaguar XJS 4.0 'Hatchback'
Lot 44 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, Wed, 8th Sep 2021)
Estimate £16,000 - £20,000
Registration No: 30 OXJ
Chassis No: SAJJNAED3EJ189748
MOT: Sept 2022
Unique XJS 4.0 with professional hatchback conversion
119,500 recorded miles and 5 previous keepers
Offered with photographic record and detailed drawings of the conversion
Subject to a previous brake overhaul and collection of invoices
Offered with bookpack, handbooks and service book with 20 stamps
Private registration number included and retrimmed in Leather by GB Classic trim
Original set of 4 16" Jaguar alloy wheels included
This unique XJS 4.0 features a professional conversion to a hatchback making it even more of a practical grand tourer. The owner of the car was a Homologation Manager at Jaguar and had been intending to produce such a design since 1981. Starting in 2008 he spent two years studying the car to ensure his idea was safe and strong. The actual conversion was completed by Jaguar specialist James Sidwell Classic Cars involving 55 hours of labour. Constructed around an MGB GT rear screen, a high-level brake light is incorporated whilst the rear lid blends perfectly with the buttresses which are so intrinsic a feature of the bodywork. The car comes with a photographic record of the works and detailed drawings of the design. With some 119,500 miles recorded on its odometer, it registers five former keepers and has been subject to a previous overhaul of the braking system. The interior has also been retrimmed in Doeskin leather by GB Classic Trim who split the rear seats at the same time. Offered with its book pack, handbooks and service books (containing 20 stamps), cherished registration mark ’30 OXJ’ and an original set of four 16" Jaguar alloy wheels (the car now riding on 18” alloys) plus an MOT certificate into September 2022.