Details about the XJS Convertible


Brief History of the Jaguar XJS Convertible
The Jaguar XJ-S was launched in September 1975 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Germany.
Though it was the replacement for the popular Jaguar E-type, which had Convertibles and Coupes models, the XJ-S was only launched as a Coupe.  There was rumours and to concerns at the time that some states in America (potentially including the state of California which was a key market location for Jaguar), was going to ban Convertibles due to safety reasons.
By 1982 Jaguar realised the feared ban wasn’t coming and there was still a strong demand for a convertible version.   However Jaguar weren’t ready to design and produce a full convertible, and elected instead for a Targa Top XJ-SC Cabriolet which was launched in June 1982.
From the time of its launch, various body-shops around the world took on the challenge and created their own XJ-S Convertibles as bespoke commissions for their customers. In 1986 specialist coach builders Hess & Eisenhardt dedicated their Blue Ash Rd plant to a build their own Hess & Eisenhardt XJS Convertible. Production continued for about 18 months, and in that time Hess produced 838 of their XJS Convertibles, converting each one from a new XJS Coupe.
In 1988 Jaguar were ready to launch their own in-house built Convertible model in the XJ-S series.
In May 1991 Jaguar announced the new XJS Model, no longer XJ-S, which was a compete facelift with many internal and external differences.   Facelift Convertible models as 4.0 Litre straight six and 6 Litre V12 variations continued to be made though to the 4.0 Celebration model in 1995.