Rear Parcel shelf

I always thought that the rear parcel shelf should be covered underneath, in the boot. Did Jaguar actually fit a ply board that covers the underneath of the rear parcel shelf? If so does anyone have one that they can photograph??

Not quite sure what you are asking. In XJs series 1, 2 & 3. the interior rear parcel shelf under the back window is thick card covered in black vinyl. Under this shelf is painted metal. Under this painted metal (in the boot) is the air extractor. Perhaps best to ID what model you are referring to.

Hi John, It probably is a fibreboard panel that covers the underneath where the black air extractor is, in the boot itself. fits in above the rear cover of the ECU. I am sure that it was not left uncovered and I am wondering if it was there at all.

There is a hardboard panel that fits under the rearmost lip of the extractor and at the forward end is held up by a wire brace that also holds the sound deadening pad to the rear of the rear seat… and between hardboard and extractor there is a thick matt of soundproofing.
See photo below:-

Best regards, Mike (1973 DDS S1)

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You the man Mike… I thought so… I couldn’t believe that Jag would leave this naked, another part gone walk about from when I had the bodywork restored 15 odd years ago… could you measure the panel and post the dimensions… thanks mate

Hello Mike, Its 15" front to back and 38" wide between the boot hinges/springs. Rearmost corners have a 3" by 45deg chamfer as you can just see in top left of photo.
Cheers, Mike Badger (1973 DDS S1)

Perfect, thanks Mike

not to hijack, but what’s the easiest way to reseal the air extractor?
someone make a gasket kit?

One-sided foam tape?

I repaired the air extractor tray seals in three Series III saloons and each time it was a lengthy process. All three cars had the very annoying “cowbells” sound when closing doors with the windows closed. I removed the extractor trays, cleaned up the rust, and then repainted them. Then I replaced the failed headliner material on the air extractor flaps and glued new pieces on using headliner spray adhesive and pop-riveted them back into place. I believe it took a full day or more each time and is mostly a thankless job since no one but me would even notice that I fixed them. However each time I closed the doors in those cars afterwards I was rewarded with a barely noticeable gentle “puff-puff” sounds of the flaps closing instead of the noisy “clangitty- clangitty” cowbells sound of the metal flaps hitting the metal extractor tray.
Some of my cars had their flaps sealed or glued shut when I got them but I opted to fix them properly and return them to original working condition rather than disable them.


Since I believe that you are asking about a Series III saloon, attached are pictures of that panel in my 1990 V12 Vanden Plas. I have a CD changer mounted on it but the pictures should help.


Interesting. I repaired the air extractors on my '83 XJ-S, also a lengthy process but with the same results: Nice puff sounds when closing the doors rather than a clatter.

So, when I got the car, you’d get two sounds when closing a door: A clatter from the air extractors, and a jingle from the inboard brake discs. Eventually cured both.

Thanks Mike, looks like I shall be asking the Jag scrappers to see if they have one… thanks everyone for your help.

It’s just a 2 - 3mm pressed cardboard cut to size, any hardware store for a fiver.
And if you want to be fancy just paint it, or even better, cover it with vinyl.

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I checked the storage cabinets in my garage and I had two of those Air Extractor Tray Insulation panels (BAC2738) that I removed from my Series III XJ6 parts cars. I just listed one on eBay with a lot of pictures that might be helpful to you. Just search eBay for “Jaguar BAC2738” and you will find it. I realize that the shipping costs from California to the UK would make it prohibitively expensive, but you might find the pictures of the panel helpful. Here are two pictures that might help you the most since I believe you have a Series III XJ12.