Jaguar's first response to demands for an open-top XJ-S was somewhat conservative in engineering terms. The XJ-S had not been designed with an open version in mind, so a Targa-style cabriolet arrangement was adopted, which retained a substantial roll hoop in the interests of maintaining rigidity in the absence of a fixed roof. When it was introduced in 1983 the XJ-S Cabriolet was the first open Jaguar since the E-Type's discontinuation, though it was not until 1988 that a full convertible became available. Essentially an exercise in niche marketing to test public reaction, the Cabriolet was entrusted to outside specialist contractors, with bodyshells being transported back and forth across the Midlands before returning to the Brown's Lane factory prior to final despatch. Following the Cabriolet's deletion, both the Coupé and conventional Convertible models lasted until the end of XJ-S production in 1996.
This automatic transmission XJ-S V12 HE Cabriolet comes equipped with power steering, electric seats, electric windows, and the optional rear seat, and has been upgraded with lattice-type alloy wheels and a stainless steel sports exhaust system. Finished in red with cream leather interior, the car has covered circa 89,000 miles from new and is described by the vendor as in generally good condition and reported to be a pleasure to drive. Currently MoT'd, it comes with the original service booklet (eight stamps), numerous bills, and a V5C Registration Certificate.