1994 Jaguar XJ220SOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $200,000-$250,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $220,000

542bhp, 3,498 cc, 24-valve twin turbo V6 with five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel vented disc brakes. Wheelbase: 103.9"

Sir John Egan, former Chief Executive of Jaguar, unveiled the new XJ220 at the 1988 Birmingham Motor Show to stunned onlookers. The crowd, already anticipating a winner from Jaguar, apparently broke into immediate applause. Jaguar ’ s XJ220 supercar was conceived under Mr. Egan ’ s auspices and in collaboration with Tom Walkinshaw Racing; this was certainly a crowning moment for the man who had arrived at the moribund Jaguar Car Company in the 1970s and reversed its dismal fortunes.

The relationship between Jaguar and TWR was nothing new, however. Egan had strongly supported Scottish racing driver, Tom Walkinshaw, in his various motorsport efforts - from the XJs that had won the European Touring Car Championship in 1980 to the XJR series of Sports-Prototypes that took the checkered flag at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hour race in 1988.

Walkinshaw had subsequently even won the Group ‘ C ’ World Championship.
Jaguar needed a throwback to its successful roots; it needed a halo car to rival the performance of such cars as the Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959. After a proposal from Jim Randle, Egan set a team of designers and engineers to work on the project. The result of their labor was an engine that produced 542 horsepower and a five-speed transaxle built into a chassis made of aluminum honeycomb, with aluminum and composite bodywork. The wheelbase was 103.9 inches and the XJ220 weighed in at some 3,500 pounds. This was a big car - over eight feet wide and 16 feet long.

Performance of the production version was breathtaking, however; the sprint to sixty lasted just over four seconds on its way to a top speed of over 220mph, which until the arrival of McLaren ’ s F1 remained the industry benchmark. With such astonishing performance figures, the XJ220 was certainly race-ready. Despite a win at the GT Challenge in Silverstone and a disputed victory at Le Mans in 1993, the XJ220 ’ s racing glory was rather short lived.

With less than 700 original miles, this XJ220 is an exceptional example of Jaguar ’ s ultimate supercar. Its low, sleek, and surprisingly large presence is breathtaking and tremendously inviting. The body has been sculpted to the highest standards of aerodynamic design and, despite being a product of the early 1990s, is clearly still capable of reaching Ferrari Enzo-type speeds. Every component, front to back, is original on this car and in absolutely excellent condition. Its placid Le Mans Blue paint is a rather deceptive visage for the raw power that lurks underneath the rear glass. The controversial V6, a first for Jaguar, rests amidships alongside its twin Garrett T3 turbochargers. The passenger sits snugly ahead of this pavement-pounding powerplant, enveloped in gray and black leather, which is equally well maintained.

In one regard or another, British sports cars have always surprised and delighted their countless racing fans and showroom window gazers. By often deviating from the norm to a greater or lesser extent, these gentleman ’ s sports cars always kept up with the pack and quite often pulled away from it, too. In this case, Jaguar had once again surprised the automotive community by opting against an enormous V12 for its XJ220. Instead of the standard supercar fare, a turbocharged V6, producing even more horsepower and with a certifiably nasty exhaust note, delivered insane acceleration and a blistering top speed that sent Europe ’ s premier engineers back to the drawing boards.

Reference Number 10116

as of 6/1/2007

Car 1994 Jaguar XJ220
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