Welcome new Cabriolet member – Craig Shankland

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    • #15637
      Laurence Jones
      Keymaster

      Welcome Craig

      Thank you for joining as a Cabriolet Member of the XJS Soft Tops Club, I hope you find your membership interesting – feel free to participate in any past or future discussion topics.

      You have two Membership Photo Albums, these can be found via the Main Menu ==> My Account ==> My Photos. It would be great if you could add a photo or two of your Cabriolet for all members to see.

      Please reply to this topic and tell us how you discovered our Club and a little about your own XJ-SC Cabriolet and your general enthusiasm and interest the XJS Soft Top models.

      Laurence

    • #15654
      Craig Shankland
      Participant

      Looking foreword to being apart of this great club. I discovered the club browsing the internet on U tube. Nice to have a separate specific model  club  especially for XJS one of my all time favorite cars. Having owned two award winning XJS convertibles one a 1994 white convertible and the other a 1996 Celebration convertible National Award winner in the USA. Now I own a Cabriolet which has a story and for me is a totally different animal. One owner, woman, bought new in 1987 in Orlando from Collier Jaguar, she got sick in 1995 parked the car in her separate garage on her property, did not allow anyone of her four sons to drive it ever, died in April 2020. 25 years later it was brought by her eldest son on a flat bed truck to her local Jaguar mechanic. Totally covered in dust, rat excrement, and live rats in the engine bay, mold and mildew all over everything, 22k miles on the clock. The mechanic called me, thought I would like to see this car. Oh my goodness what a mess but I could see Underneath all that mess was a brand new car, paint perfect,  navy leather perfect.  It needed mechanical attention of course from all that time. it actually started without anything being done but we quickly turned it off. The rats and some other creatures did a job on the wiring and even chewed along the bottom edges of the soft top, must have tasted  horrible, that’s being redone. Two rats now reside in the  mechanics garage!

      The car has the hard top accessory never used, the bag to put the two Targa tops in, in perfect condition, all the documentation, price when bought etc as well as two perfect Jaguar navy matching lambs wool seat covers in perfect condition and the tonneau in perfect condition. The books and keys and an amazing huge Jaguar Manual on the V12 engine and parts numbers all like new. Her husband was a mechanic but never would touch the car. She had her own mechanic!  Did not trust her husband. She had put brand new Pirrelli tires on the day she got sick, pity as they had such bad flat spots they were unusable, when pumped up they looked perfect, Good enough to drive but not safe, Shame

      The former owner also loved country music and had at least 30 tapes of the very best singers which were in the storage compartments behind the seats.

      I also got the elder son, who restores British Motor bikes in Daytona Beach Florida to document the story for the record about how much his mother loved the Cabriolet and fact that it had sat for that long and why before finally being moved. she had four other cars including a corvette and Cadillac. The four sons did not want anything to do with the car or the expense of restoring it. I made an offer they took it. I never had any intention of buying a V12  or a Cabriolet, but this one got my attention. The more I cleaned it off the more I got to see what a gem this one is. More to come when I finish the detailing and when the  mechanicals are acting as they should. With new tires she rides beautifully, With the Targa tops off it’s special, Its a very different car for me “ an old mans car” it’s not, I Like it because you don’t see many around, its pleasantly different, it’s a head turner. I can’t wait to show it off!

      The crazy thing is, one of our Jacksonville Jag club members had a perfect navy Cabriolet which unfortunately went up in flames by the side of the road. V12 owners know why.  I had saved a beautiful article done by Jaguar Driver Magazine in England, all about the cabriolet for him, alas it did not go there, so I now have some great pictures and a wonderful article all about the wonderful Cabrios to add to the cars records, Devine intervention!

      My question is how many of the Cabriolets were made,I was told 5000,  how many still on the road world wide and how many are in the USA?

      Look foreword to hearing about your stories too, I have had some great Jag stories to go with the 17 I have owned,  one brand new the rest all previously owned cars.

    • #15655
      Craig Shankland
      Participant

      A special Thank you to you Lawrence for all the work you have done and do put In. Congrats to having such a wonderful amount of members. Looking foreword to participating as  well as getting some information on how to keep the XJSC up to speed. Here in the USA XJS convertibles are enjoying some price escalation quite remarkable but well earned.

      • #15657
        Laurence Jones
        Keymaster

        Hi Craig

        Thanks for such a long and detailed introduction to yourself and your cars – I can see an opportunity for the story of your Cabriolet to become an article in the Club’s Newletter (which I’m overdue in sending out…..). Hopefully you’ll be able to upload some photos of it soon to your Member’s Album for us all to see (if you have any problems you know how to get in touch with me).

        You will find in the Articles section one that has some of the background details and statistics for the XJ-SC Cabriolet – Click Here. I’ll also look up some of the background info on your car – though I’m sure Bryan Thomas will have more information to share that I have available to me.

        Cheers,

        Laurence

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