18th February 2017 at 10:21 #3028
Most Cabriolet’s have that elusive number that is not recorded anywhere in the Archives at JDHT.
I was told many years ago that it was the Body Number. But as we all know that starts either 5Y00 or 5V00 and is well hidden under the rear bumper. It does not relate to the number off the Line.
So what is it / was it for. Have you worked out which number I mean? I bet most of you have never seen it.
When I ask most Owners they say there isn’t one, then a few days later oh I have found it.
Yes that’s the one in the rain gutter of the Boot / Trunk. Left hand side Fwd of rear lights.
I was told by a man who worked on the production line at the time, now Curator of Vehicles JDHT (can’t remember his name, Lots of E’s & F’s) that there was a little man who looked After the body shells & that he stamped them, and it was his way of stock taking. ???????
So if you can locate it. Please get in touch or if you have another version Of why it’s there feel free.
28th February 2017 at 18:49 #3403Stig Moltu-JacobsenParticipant
I first didn’t think my car had the elusive number, but after a thorough check I found three digits, i.e. 620, barely visible under the new resto paint from 2013. I’ve tried to take several photos as proof, but none of them are convincing. Unless later photography will give better photos, you’ll just have to take my word for it, or better yet come to Spain to see for yourselves 🙂
2nd March 2017 at 12:00 #3449
How long has it taken you to find that out.
I have just discovered that Stephen Tebben USA & Braham Lieberman Australia have consecutive boot numbers.
Braham #1794 build date 15/10/1985 Car number 1113
Stephen #1795 build date 19/03/1986 Car number 1802
almost 5 months later and 689 Cabriolets separates them so you can see how erratic the marking was.
Steve’s other one is #2351 Build date 23/06/1986
Of the Cabriolets we have located 1,836 we only have 265 here is a reminder of where it is located
10th March 2017 at 03:41 #3584Thomas HasenstaubParticipant
The elusive number on my cabriolet is 1143. It is an 86 3.6 5-speed (vin 126155), one of the few “gray market” 3.6 cabriolets that made it to the United States. Please let me know if you need any other info.
10th March 2017 at 17:27 #3592
Hi Thomas many thanks I have had your Cabriolet on the Data Base for many years 2011 I believe June 15th, You must have at some time supplied your boot number I had not spotted until to day it’s a German spec car Must check & see if I have any more 3.6 cars in USA.I have you listed as living in Bellevue Nebraska, perviously Eau Caire Wisconsin,
21st April 2017 at 18:06 #3959Trevor KentParticipant
Eureka, having poured over my nearside boot gutter 4455 is revealed for my 1987 XJ-SC RHD 3.6 Auto. Bleasie will be ecstatic! Trevor Kent
10th May 2017 at 10:07 #4413Jon ScalesParticipant
Not sure whether Dad managed to locate the number for his cabriolet. I am getting the car next week so will have a look
10th May 2017 at 16:28 #4429
Cheers John no Albert never did get round to supplying it suspect it will be around 4000
11th May 2017 at 02:32 #4444Ian MitchellParticipant
Mine looks to have 5036 stamped in it (hard to tell as the paint has filled in a lot of the first and third digits).
Cheers, Ian (VIN 147465)
11th May 2017 at 12:54 #4460
Hi Ian that looks pretty realistic nearest to your #5062 and #5047
24th May 2017 at 09:44 #4849Jon ScalesParticipant
Mine looks like 4063
24th May 2017 at 22:12 #4856
Cheers Jon looks good to me up dated
24th May 2017 at 22:44 #4857Mark ThorleyParticipant
Mine is 1730 🙂
27th May 2017 at 21:40 #4910
7th June 2017 at 19:52 #5100Laurence JonesKeymaster
A couple of Hidden numbers for you John
VIN 122590 – 456
VIN 140236 – 3751
3rd September 2017 at 16:37 #7706Michael HamptonParticipant
Responding to the Elusive number game
my XJS Cabby in metallic red with reg number E739NVT and vin as per photo has the number 4151 on the nearside of the boot gutter
Regards Mike Hampton (of Aldwick Bognor Regis – not many Cabby owners south of us in UK!)
PS I tried copying in from WORD two photos of the 4151 and the VIN but it did not want to accept the photos from a WORD document. I have no idea howto include those so take my word the VIN is SAJJNACC7CA142922
4th September 2017 at 16:01 #7730Evert MosParticipant
My car, has 1770 as a lucky number:
VIN = 131892
Body = 5V 2103
And there’s another number, on the opposite side of the Body number: 2JB27D 0413021
8th September 2017 at 20:36 #7827
The number on the left hand side is know as the Castle Bromwich Body number again not listed
Thanks for supplying your boot number ( Body Shell Number )
13th November 2017 at 16:35 #9356eddiepantonParticipant
got a weird one for you
my 3.6 cabby has the boot gutter number 1451
however the 4 has been overstamped with a 2
therefore it could be 1251
does this make it worth millions like a misshapen penny black or just a typo from the bodywork man
21st November 2017 at 16:23 #9615
Hi Eddie 1251 looks to be correct as 1287—1230 are pretty close to you
Sorry not worth any more
21st November 2017 at 17:20 #9617eddiepantonParticipant
i was hoping for a lottery win with the typo but never mind
25th November 2017 at 18:38 #9717David WardaleParticipant
I was out in the cold garage a while ago, and found the magic number. Clearly stamped- 3888.
Regards, Dave W.
28th November 2017 at 16:07 #9771
Thanks Dave much appreciate.
19th December 2017 at 09:50 #10327Martin BallParticipant
My 85 XJSC Australian delivered V12’s number is 1252 SAJJNACY3CC126830. One off Eddie Panton’s 1251. Is there a pattern here? Regards Martin
19th December 2017 at 20:00 #10395
Thanks Martin much appreciated.
18th August 2018 at 15:34 #14075Craig DrustParticipant
4th January 2019 at 04:49 #14995Danny KarchMember
Mine has 2616 stamped in it, VIN 134597. Unfortunately I can’t add a picture.
29th December 2020 at 22:39 #16786David TroughtonParticipant
I have an early cabriolet, registered in August 1984. This number is 382.
13th September 2021 at 16:29 #18043Steve MooreParticipant
My Elusive number is 4601 stamped into the left rear drain trough. The plate under the rear bumper is 5Y 4365. Should they be the same?
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