Like the six-cylinder XJ-SC, the V12 Cabriolet wasn’t open-topped Jaguar motoring at its best. The roll-over structure engineered by Tickford cluttered the styling, even if it helped retain the structural integrity of such a large car. As with the coupé version, V12 power resulted in effortless performance and magnificent long distance touring ability, hampered only by the car’s great thirst. Despite retaining the closed coupé’s interior, the rear seats were dropped, and turned into a neat little storage area with lidded bins.
Price at launch:
Independent, semi-trailing wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar
Sub-frame mounted independent, hubs located by driveshafts and lower transverse links, twin coil springs/damper units
rack and pinion