1996 Jaguar XJ220SOLD
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Estimate: £115000 - £145000

Sold: £120,000

Registration Number: UK registered Chassis Number: SAJJEAEX8AX220640

It was at the 1988 British Motor Show that the sensational Jaguar XJ220 concept prototype was first revealed to the public and predictably orders and the mandatory £80,000 deposits flooded in from all corners of the world.

Producing an impressive 549bhp at 7,000rpm and 473lb.ft at 4,500rpm, the now slightly shorter (by some 10 inches courtesy of the smaller dimensions of the V6 engine against the bulky V12), but still with a not inconsiderable girth of six feet and six inches, the XJ220 proved more than capable of reaching its target maximum speed: in 1992 at the Italian Nardo test track Formula One and sportscar ace Martin Brundle recorded 212.3mph around the banking in standard trim and 217.1mph with the catalytic converters disconnected, the latter speed equivalent to 223mph on a straight road. Combined with 0-60mph acceleration in a brutal 3.5 seconds the XJ220 was indisputably the fastest road car on the planet, and thanks to racing developed inboard wishbone suspension and huge ventilated disc brakes with four piston calipers, it held the road beautifully and stopped equally as well. Production of the car began the following year at a purpose-built factory at Bloxham in Oxfordshire with the first cars delivered in July to, amongst other well known names, Elton John and the Sultan of Brunei.

On the race track, the Jaguar also proved highly effective: in the competition version, the XJ220C, another sportscar ace, Win Percy, took victory on the car‘s race debut in the BRDC National Sports GT Challenge, and in the 1993 Le Mans 24 Hours John Nielsen and Davids Brabham and Coulthard finished first in the GT class, though only for their XJ220C to be subsequently disqualified over a spurious technical infringement.

Manufactured in 1996 the car was purchased by the current owner 6 years ago with a total mileage of 280 Kilometres. The car has now covered only 3,576 kilometres.

Since his purchase the car has been transported to Jaguars Brown Lane factory every year for a full service and the MoT certificate re-freshed.

The vendor is well placed to comment on the cars condition having scoured Europe for the finest XJ220 and literally viewed dozens of cars before coming across this particular example which he describes as being in excellent ‘concourse‘ condition.

Finished in the striking Silverstone green with sand leather interior this XJ220 is perhaps the finest example Coys have had the pleasure of selling and is supplied with the leather bound owners and service manuals as well as a V5 document and car cover.

With only 281 examples produced the XJ220 is a rare beast indeed and offers genuine 200+mph performance at a fraction of the cost of its contemporaries.

Reference Number 34061

as of 11/19/2008

Car 1996 Jaguar XJ220
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