1988 Jaguar XJS C 5.3 V12 Automatic Hess & Eis

  • Price
    29 900 EUR
  • Model
    Jaguar XJS C 5.3 V12 Automatic Hess & Eis
  • Year
    1988 January
  • Condition
  • Body Type
    Cabriolet / Roadster
  • Fuel Type
  • Power
    221 kw (300 hp)
  • Mileage
    53,554 km
  • Address
    Via Mandolossa, 65, 25030 Roncadelle BS, Italy
  • Country
  • Published
    3 months
Luzzago 1975 Srl
Luzzago 1975 SrlVia Mandolossa 65, 25030, Roncadelle (BS), Italy
Average response time: about 2 months
  • ID
  • VIN
  • Color
  • Metallic
  • Engine
    5344, V12
  • Engine Number
  • Chassis Number
  • Gearbox
  • Steering Wheel
  • Drive Wheels
  • 1st Reg. Country
    United States of America
  • Doors
  • Interior Color
  • Leather Seats
  • Sunroof
  • Electric windows
  • ABS


Hess & Eisenhardt convertible
From 1986, a full convertible version was available through some dealers, modified by Hess & Eisenhardt in the USA. The Hess & Eisenhardt coachbuilding firm was located in Ohio, USA, and built convertible modifications for the XJ-S under contract from Jaguar, before the official Jaguar-built XJ-S full convertible became available in 1988.

The Hess & Eisenhardt convertible differed from the later Jaguar-built XJS convertible as its un-padded top folded down deeper into the body structure of the car resulting in a cleaner rear profile when the roof was lowered. To accommodate this design element, the Hess & Eisenhardt convertibles have two separate fuel tanks, positioned to allow for the roof to fully retract. The process of converting the stock Jaguar XJS coupé into the H&E Convertible included the post-production removal of the roof, cutting the body in several sections, the addition of steel reinforcements behind the driver's seat, and 9.1 kg (20 lb) weights placed just behind the headlights to eliminate harmonic resonance caused by the significant modifications to the car. H&E XJS convertibles are easily identified by the lower folding top, as well as two small badges located just behind the front wheels. The later Jaguar full convertible had a heavier padded top that did not fold as lower as the H&E convertible, but retained nearly all of the original components of the coupé.

The number of H&E Jaguar XJS produced is unknown, partly because a fire at the Hess & Eisenhardt factory destroyed most of the records pertaining to the Jaguar XJS conversions. According to some sources, a total of 2,100 cars were converted.


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