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We are delighted to offer this true collectors piece onto the market. C493 NGK is a very rare Jaguar XJS V12 Cabriolet TWR. This low mileage example was registered new to TWR Jaguar Limited and is believed to be their demonstrator car, giving this XJS real provenance. The car was registered to TWR and was owned by them for six months. TWR carried out the first service at 1231 miles on the 2nd July 1986 and 31 years later the car has covered just 57,000 miles from new with documented service history and a file of MOT's dating back to when the car was just three years old.
Adding further provenance to the car, in August 2016 Jaguar World Magazine published a five page feature on the car, a copy of which is with the car. The feature confirms TWR created just a handful of TWR Cabriolets and they report this could be the best. In 1984 TWR announced that it was going to offer aftermarket enhancements to the XJS and the range included a new GRP body kit, new front and rear bumpers, side fairness and rear spoiler. The design improved the cars drag by 12.7%, reduced front lift by 6% and rear lift by 88%. New 16 inch Speedline alloys where added and a new range of colours, including two tone scheme. Mechanical changes included specially developed Bilstein shockers, stiffer springs, revised rear radius arms and new brake discs. The V12 engine received an increased capacity intake manifold and stainless steel exhaust system which increased power by 10%. This 5.3 V12 example does feature most of the TWR modifications such as the lowered suspension, colour coded bumpers, side skirts, four spoke steering wheel, TWR induction trumpets and the Speedline wheels. This example also boasts quad headlights and concealed spotlamps.
C493 NGK is incredible to drive with exceptional performance and handling. The car has been superbly maintained and this is evident when driving. The V12 engine is super smooth with excellent oil pressure, the automatic gearbox feels perfect and the car drives totally correct. Power, acceleration and performance is something special and with its cabriolet roof, is perfect for summer touring on the Continent with reliability and high performance in a classic shape. The XJS also presents in first class order with excellent paintwork and bodywork, and a lovely Grey leather upholstery. The Speedline alloys and Black Cabriolet targa top hood are also in very good order. This really is a true collectors piece and with low mileage XJS cars really pushing on in value, this quite unique car offers collectors and Jaguar enthusiasts something very special. The car comes with a comprehensive history to include all original manuals and booklets. Service stamps are present at 1231, 14544, 17250, 19973, 53200, 54902 and 56230 miles. Invoices for non stamped maintenance is also with the car. MOT certificates record mileages at 13389, 13526, 17257, 20684, 22751, 28885, 33804, 38504, 42401, 46108, 46993, 48958, 49931, 50646, 51235, 52102, 52692, 53769, 53985, 54380, 54734, 55096, 56243 and 56306, 24 certificates in total.