20th February 2017 at 18:38 #3089John Bleasdale@bleasie
The International XJ-SC Register (Formerly the Cabriolet Register)
Well that’s what it was called in 1986 when I purchased Vin 128291 – One of only three XJ-SC’s in Grimsby. After a couple of seasons attending Jaguar Club events I had a few names on some A4 sheets of paper and “Bleasies Beauties” appeared in one of the Jaguar Club Magazine every now and again.
I knew that the VINs did not run consecutively, and I was unaware of how many had been built (It transpired that neither did Jaguar Cars.) On the 27th June 1990 I approached Jaguar Cars asking if they could supply me with a list of VINS for Cabriolets and would it be possible for me to create a “Register” for same.
On the 11th July 1990 I received a letter from a Miss Jackie Llewellyn informing me there was no such list but a Mr Richard Chillingsworth had asked her to supply me with what information they had which included Total Number Built 4,993. The letter ended “I hope this information will be of some use for Your Register”. The Cabriolet Register had been born and with the approval of Jaguar Cars.
The first official copy of the Cabriolet Register was passed to the then “Archivist” Ann Harris at “Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust” on a floppy Disc. This was at a time when JDHT was housed in a Porta Cabin adjacent to the Main Block car park at Browns Lane.
By November 1995, with now having several members in such places as Illinois, Saint Joroiz, Kuwait, Singapore, and other such countries, I asked permission of Jaguar Cars to change the name to the “International Cabriolet Register” and so started many visits to the Archives at Browns Lane.
The rest is history as they say here we are 15 years later still going strong and details of all 5013 not 4,993 located and logged for posterity in my database, which is also held at Jaguar Heritage, Browns Lane, and at Jaguar Landrover North America.
The first edition of “Mean & Roofless” appeared in Jaguar Driver November 2002 – which will soon to be 15 years ago.
My thanks to all at JDHT and latterly Jaguar Heritage for all the help I was given to achieve this. Latest count 1932 of the 5013 located World Wide, and since Laurence launched the XJS Soft Tops three new Cabriolets and Owners have been located.
If anyone one knows of a Cabriolet that we might not have please let me know.
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