3rd February 2018 at 13:08 #11625Laurence JonesKeymaster
Welcome Jeremy @jsalaman
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.
4th February 2018 at 09:33 #11642Jeremy SalamanParticipant
Good morning Lawrence,
I came across your listing on the internet whilst looking for parts for my Cabriolet. This car I have owned since new in January 1986, and having used it daily until the end of the 90’s, decided to keep it alongside my vintage cars. Over the last 40 years I have owned many Jaguars (4 others XJS Coupe models) and most recently a succession of XJR’s. I dislike the new body shapes produced today and so I now drive an Aston DB 9, which I love.
The Cabriolet was totally re-sprayed because of body rust in 1997. Sadly again in 2007, body rust was a reason for an MOT failure, and I found from James May of Top Gear fame the name of KWE of Greenham Common as specialist restorers of both XJS and XJ models. My car was totally stripped and de-rusted again, with the addition of new suspension, brakes and steering. Once completed, it was like having a brand new car back again with even better road holding than when she was new.
Unbelievably she was declared an MOT failure last year, only another 10 years later, again because of rust in an off-side sill, which upon careful examination was much more widespread than at first appeared. This has resulted in another major body re-spray after a large number of panels having new metal welded into place. She have been SORN since last summer and will be completed and back on the road again next week. My wife and I enjoy the car’s ability to be a superb Gran Touring car and plan to take her again this summer to Switzerland and the Italian Lakes. It will be great to have her back looking pristine, once again. Endemic rust seems to have been a serious problem for our Cabriolet, but having owned her from new we do plan to keep her for many years yet.
I am sure we shall meet up with other fellow enthusiasts, but having retired 3 years ago it never amazes me how busy life can be these days and trying to fit in all the events open to us is a problem.
7th February 2018 at 20:35 #11684John BleasdaleMember
I see that you have owned your Cabriolet from new in 1986 which was the year I bought mine However I sold mine some time ago.
However I created the XJ-SC Data Base over a period of 20 years. I have just checked & I have you listed from early on I suspect many years ago I would have checked your Reg number & found it on the DVLA site alive & well C 366 EKL but I do not have any photographs.
7th February 2018 at 22:40 #11689
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