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1988 Jaguar XJS V-12
By Vern Parker

Every successful automobile salesman is aware of the buying habits of his customers as well as their idiosyncrasies.

One such salesman at a northern Virginia Jaguar dealership was aware that every three years one of his discerning customers would trade in her extremely low mileage convertible Jaguar sports car for a new model.

He also kept the names of a few likely prospects who had shown interest in acquiring a low mileage used Jaguar.

Just like clockwork the regular customer came to buy a new 1991 Jaguar and trade in her three-year-old 1988 Jaguar XJS V-12 convertible.

After all, she had accumulated about 10,000 miles on her sleek car. When new in 1988 the base price of the well-equipped car was near $54,000.

After the sale of the new car was completed the salesman promptly contacted Richard Muringer whom he knew had previously expressed interest in the used car.

Indeed, he had. Muringer quickly went to the dealership to carefully inspect the Grenadier Red Jaguar. He noted the details such as the black leather covering the dashboard to eliminate any reflective glare.

The biscuit-colored convertible top was matched by the biscuit-colored leather upholstery. Both bucket seats are equipped with heated lumbar support. Muringer was pleased to note that the rear window in the convertible top had a half dozen horizontal red defogger wires embedded in the glass.

The sheer beauty of the Jaguar captivated him and he agreed to buy the convertible. A few days later, after a trip to the bank, Muringer returned on March 16, 1991 to take possession of his prize. The odometer at that time read 10,315 miles.

Once all the necessary paperwork was completed Muringer settled into the sumptuous driver's seat where he had a clear view of all of the instrumentation through the two-spoke steering wheel including the 160-miles-per-hour speedometer and the 7,000 RPM tachometer with a red line of 6,500. He didn't come close to the top speed on his trip home in Washington, D.C.

The length of the Jaguar is visually deceptive. Because of the styling the car appears much longer than its' true length which is just an eyelash shy of 16-feet.

Occupants are provided a spacious amount of room in the 70.6-inch wide car.

Speed-rated 15-inch tires mounted on chrome wire wheels with knock-off hubs support the 4,190-pound Jaguar on a wheelbase of 102-inches. The car can be turned in a circle with a diameter of 41.3-feet.

Four speakers are positioned to flood the cockpit with balanced music from the sound system.

Muringer says his car is equipped with a pair of fuel tanks fitted with a connecting pipe. Both tanks are filled through a single opening beneath the gas cap on the left rear flank. As for fuel economy for the luxury car he replies, “who knows.” Jaguar literature claims city mileage of 12 mpg and 16 mpg on the highway.

Since acquiring the Jaguar 21 years ago Muringer has driven his car an average of more than 2,000 fair weather miles annually. The odometer currently is approaching 55,600 miles. “Most of those miles have been up and down the east coast,” he says.

He does have to be aware of other motorists sharing the road. He has been accused of causing accidents when other drivers in adjoining lanes have driven off the road while admiring his Jaguar XJS convertible.

The 263-cubic-inch V-12 engine delivers power to the rear drive wheels via the smooth automatic transmission.

Muringer reports that he never tires of driving his V-12 Jaguar. “The smooth power draws you down the highway,” he explains with a smile.
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