'On the road there was nothing untoward about the Eventer's behaviour, no unwanted wind noise and no diminution of the XJ-S's unquestionable performance. Unlike so many estate car conversions over the years, the Eventer looks as though it has been conceived as a single, unified design, not as an afterthought...' Motor Sport.
Conceived as a luxurious and long-legged Grand Routier, the XJ-S, though by no means a small car, afforded precious little in terms of interior space: two adults and an overnight bag being about the limit if its comfortable capacity. In the absence of a factory 'estate' it was left to the Hastings-based restorer and coachbuilder Lynx to exploit the model's full potential. Lynx had every reason to be confident that such a market existed, given the success of the 'sports estate' concept in the form of the Reliant Scimitar GTE and Lancia Beta HPE. In reconfiguring the XJ-S, Lynx extended the roof, moved the rear seats back, repositioned the fuel tank and added a tailgate, thus providing increased passenger leg room and an impressive claimed 23.75cu ft of load space with the seats up, almost 42cu ft with them folded flat. Lynx's conversion added £6,950+VAT to the £21,000 list price, making Eventer ownership the privilege of a wealthy few. Even today there are few cars that combine near-silent 155mph performance with the luggage capacity of a family estate.
We are advised that this Eventer was purchased from CKL Developments of Battle, East Sussex in December 2014 for £46,000 following extensive improvements to the exterior paintwork, including improving and refitting the tailgate, at a cost in excess of £4,360. Subsequent works carried out by a local Jaguar specialist include fitting new foot brake and handbrake pads; two radius arm bushes; oil, fuel and air (x2) filters; and replaced water pump, coolant hoses and drive belts (x4). In addition, the air conditioning compressor and dryer have been replaced and re-gassed; spark plugs and HT leads renewed; and the vacuum hose and wiper arms replaced. Parts and labour total some £4,500. Turning to the interior, the leather upholstery was thoroughly serviced, panels being replaced wherever necessary, and then cleaned and re-Connollised at a cost of just under £1,000. All receipts accompany the car together with service history, tax discs, MoT certificates (including current) and a V5C registration document. This Eventer is said to drive well and look good, the passenger compartment in particular.