1990 Jaguar XJS Convertible

Last updated on September 5, 2021

Today’s car is a 1990 Jaguar XJS Convertible done in Signal Red with a Tan top.  Ron drives over in the morning, then loads his grand children into the family van and takes his grand children to school.  The Jaguar is powered by a V12, 5.3L producing 318 HP.  The transmission is  3/4-Speed ZF Automatic.  Ron is just teasing us with this Jag and promises to show us his 1965 XKE.  There is a little clear coat problem around the license plate that is easily fixed.  This is a very nice car.   
Something I learned while researching Ron’s Jag.  From 1986 to 1988, a full convertible version was not available through Jaguar.  The Hess & Eisenhardt coachbuilding built convertible modifications for the XJ-S under contract from Jaguar before the official Jaguar-built XJ-S full convertible became available in 1988.  The Hess & Eisenhardt convertible differed from the later Jaguar-built XJS convertible as its un-padded top folded down deeper into the body structure of the car resulting in a cleaner rear profile when the roof was lowered.  To accommodate this design element, the Hess & Eisenhardt convertibles have two separate fuel tanks, positioned to allow for the roof to fully retract.   H&E XJS convertibles are easily identified by the lower folding top, as well as two small badges located just behind the front wheels (see last 2 photos).  Thanks for riding along. Frank