Talk about a Facelift – Banham Jaguar XJ-S HE on eBay

What you are looking here, if you dare to look it in the eye, is a 1987 Jaguar XJ-S droptop. Or that’s what it was before bought up to date in the 1990s by Banham Conversions.
This white dream is currently for sale in Germany, and it’s interesting to spot all the partsbin improvements that have been molded into the fiberglass-enhanced body. The advertisement mentions the “XJSS” conversion work on the Jaguar was originally inspired by the vintage XKSS, but as it stands it’s still a little bit far away from that. Perhaps it needs more Bondo.

To begin with, the round headlights and chrome bumpers of a regular, tasteful XJ-S have been binned, and the entire front has been smoothed over. Now the road ahead is lit by Vauxhall Corsa headlights.
Round the back, there are Mondeo taillights in place of the regular Jaguar jobs.
The doorhandles are off a Toyota of some kind. I do like the wire wheels for some reason.
Peeking at the V12, you see the bonnet is also a GRP item.
The interior appears to be fairly standard, though I wonder why the steering wheel wasn’t replaced by something very 1990s while they were at it.
This seems to be where the fiber/Bondo ends and metal begins.
The car comes with the choice of a cloth top or a removable hardtop.
The Buy It Now price for all of this wonderfulness is 9800 euros, or about 10,500 USD at current rates. Would you want to bring the re-imagined Jaguar home for that kind of money?
See the listing here
[Source: eBay, hat tip to Alex L!]

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  1. mdharrell Avatar

    Is… Is it in pain? It looks like it’s in pain.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      Let it put it’s dentures in. It’ll look like a million bucks, and have more confidence, too!

  2. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    For that kind of money, you could buy a really clean (far cleaner than this) late model XJS, or even an early model XK8. Either option would look better, too.
    An XJS convertible of comparable condition can be found in the $2500-$3500 range. To make this a worthwhile proposition, it would have to undercut that by a fair margin.

  3. Joe Btfsplk Avatar
    Joe Btfsplk

    This car looks like my 2000 Miata on anabolic muscle-building steroids. It’s almost a +125% scale model!

  4. hubba Avatar

    The standard XJS only is acceptable looking because of familiarity. It’s a set of fabulously glamorous proportions covered in bad decisions.

  5. Batshitbox Avatar

    Looks well crafted but very dated. I’m sure those lights and door handles had some wow factor 20 years ago, but now people would ask why you dressed your Jag up to look like a Yaris. Also slushbox. Also probably not as well crafted looking in real life.
    Auction hammer? How ’bout Banhammer!

  6. Guest Avatar

    It could have been worse. They could have used Tiburon headlights…

  7. stigshift Avatar

    At least they didn’t graft Tiburon lights onto it…

  8. Alff Avatar

    Lightning McQueen’s mongoloid brother.

  9. Sjalabais Avatar

    That’s why mom told him not to smoke the sausage skin.

  10. Mikeado Avatar

    I know not everyone’s a fan of the XJS, but that’s just despicable…

  11. Bozi Avatar

    The front end looks like an awkward smiley face and it just ruins the car

  12. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    it looks like they were trying for an updated E-Type look and failed. Malcolm Sayer’s ghost haz a sad for their desecration of one of his works in an attempt to create a pastiche of another of his works.

  13. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    Similar to the Railton attempt at rebodying an XJS and it’s missing it’s grille and proper hood. Different headlights were available.Banham also did a ‘de-butressed’ XJS which many people like.