Following on from the hugely successful E-Type Jaguar introduced the XJS in 1976. Although not quite as sporting as the E-Type, the XJS was a very capable grand tourer and its slick body shape meant it was more aerodynamic than its predecessor. Power came from Jaguar’s V12 engine which was a relatively exotic engine configuration for the time and usually reserved for Ferraris and Lamborghinis. The XJS faired very well against its Italian counterparts with a 0-60mph time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 143mph.
From July 1981 the XJS became the XJS HE and received the new High-Efficiency engine for much better economy. In 1982, the new V12 XJS HE won first and second at the RAC Tourist Trophy race at Silverstone.
The Lynx Motor Company was founded in 1968 by engineer Guy Black and architect Roger Ludgate. Originally formed to repair and maintain specialist sports and racing cars but they quickly made their name restoring and maintaining original Jaguar C-Types, D-Types and E-Types. Lynx converted the XJS from Coupe to convertible in response to customer demand several years before Jaguar themselves were offering the car in this open body style. Each conversion took ten weeks to complete as the donor car had to be significantly re-engineered to retain sufficient strength in the structure.
The XJS Lynx Spider offered here is an ultra-rare manual V12 which is believed to be the only one existence according to the current owner. It has benefitted from having a new electric roof and re upholstered seats which were done in 2013 and is described as being in overall good condition by the vendor. The car looks resplendent in a darker shade of red and is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner. With the roof down and the V12 on song, it is the perfect car to make the most of the British summer. At no reserve this surely is a must!