Like the six-cylinder XJ-SC, the V12 Cabriolet wasn’t open-topped Jaguar motoring at its best.
The launch of a new Jaguar engine isn’t exactly a common event, and is usually executed in stages. As when the first V12s were fitted to the E-type, when Jaguar finished its slant-six AJ6 engine in 1983, it installed it in the XJ-S before making it available to saloon buyers three years later. The Cabrio XJ-S was a halfway house to full open-top motoring, as it retained a heavy (and ugly) roll-over structure and the coupé’s passenger doors. It paved the way for a full convertible in later years. V12 version came in 1985 and makes a great tourer.