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Heavily modified XJ-SC (produced for only 3 years) Targa Top with Hard/Soft Back

Sale price: $20,244.00 make an offer
Last update: 27.09.2013

Car location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Sale type: Fixed price listing

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Manufacturer: jaguar
Model: XJS
Year: 1988
Type: convertible
Color: White
Mileage: 55,800
Engine: v12 with modified lucas ignition
Transmission: custom 4 speed overdrive racing transmission
Interior Color: Blue
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Heavily modified XJ-SC (produced for only 3 years) Targa Top with Hard/Soft Back for sale

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Heavily modified XJ-SC (produced for only 3 years) Targa Top with Hard/Soft Back Photo
  • Heavily modified XJ-SC (produced for only 3 years) Targa Top with Hard/Soft Back
  • Heavily modified XJ-SC (produced for only 3 years) Targa Top with Hard/Soft Back
  • Heavily modified XJ-SC (produced for only 3 years) Targa Top with Hard/Soft Back
  • Heavily modified XJ-SC (produced for only 3 years) Targa Top with Hard/Soft Back
  • Heavily modified XJ-SC (produced for only 3 years) Targa Top with Hard/Soft Back
  • Heavily modified XJ-SC (produced for only 3 years) Targa Top with Hard/Soft Back
  • Heavily modified XJ-SC (produced for only 3 years) Targa Top with Hard/Soft Back

This is an XJ-SC model Jaguar. made only for three model years. with a combination targa top/sunroof panels and back end removable hard top convertible.  A soft top swap out is included and takes about 15 minutes to switch over too. but I like the looks of the hard top better. so most of the post-update photos are that way.  The roll bar stays in place whichever top you use.  This was Jaguar's answer to not being able to sell convertibles in America.
I have heavily modified this vehicle. mostly myself. and she's my baby. She was definitely built for me and feels very little like a stock model.  So. even if you're a Jaguar nut. I would really prefer to sell it to someone who will come see it and get the feel of it so there are no disappointments.  Still. I will try to cover everything here.
Mechanically. modifications include wire insulators throughout the engine V. all gaskets and other rubber parts replaced and/or upgraded. a high air intake system to replace the original trumpets (if you have seen these before. this car was one of the original test cars for the TX manufacturer). compensated cat converters to handle the extra air flow. and a four speed overdrive automatic racing transmission (custom) to replace the GM 300 these usually came with. and some adjustments to the computer settings.  These changes bring the 70 mph RPM down to about 2200 from the original 3000 and the 0-60 speed to about 7 seconds as opposed to the factory norm of about 9+. and really great highway acceleration that can't be matched by stock once you've got this heavy tank finally rolling.  
Cosmetically. I have recolored the seats  and changed the interior roof cover from factory tan to blue to match. all the dash plastic has been replaced with wood or wood grain. replaced steering wheel with matching wood three spoke. carpets are now black rather than factory grey with custom "Bagheera" embroidered floor mats (that's her name). installed a removable face plate touch panel CD player and subwoofer. chrome trim kit with chrome Ronal custom wheels with low profile Z rated Sumitomo tires.  There's more. but it's hard to remember all of it :)  All told. I have about $30. 00 into the car.
So. if you want to win a Jag show. this car is too modified for that. but you will definitely have a crowd around it in the "display only" category if you still want to show it off.  If you want to drive a heavy V12 the way it should have performed in the first place. you'd have a hard time finding a more "one of a kind" car than this.
Known driving issues:  The automatic seat belts are a pain.  I have been told since this is a safety feature Jaguar will still fix them for free. but I've never bothered as I don't really like them.  Partly due to the increased airflow. butterfly and idle adjustments need to be made frequently to cover for drastic temperature changes. so perhaps a once per season change.  This is a 15 or 20 minute process once you've got the hang of it.  The gas gauge does not work properly. all other gauges and the drive computer do.  The transmission is very tight. so you have to get used to how to control it through the accelerator (which is very responsible and fun) so you don't give yourself a little whiplash trying to race through the lower gears too quickly. but it really cuts down the shift time.
The car's beautiful to look at and I can't take it out of the garage without comments from people.  There are a couple minor vinyl patch jobs around the roof opening. but otherwise the interior is pretty much perfect.  No dings or scratches on the exterior.

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