- 8,650 km from new, scrupulous maintenance
- A veritable prototype
- Part of the exclusive "over 300 km/h" club
Initially presented as a design car, the Jaguar XJ 220 was almost studied as a "wig" alongside the more classic official projects, by a team led by the firm's chief engineer Jim Randle. In 1988, they introduced their "baby" to John Egan, the firm's chairman, who then decided to exhibit this exceptional vehicle at the Birmingham Fair of the same year. The very favourable welcome from the public and from potential buyers led to the decision to mass-produce the vehicle, limiting the number of copies to 350. Because of its carefully designed profile, the Jaguar XJ 220 is a member of the exclusive "over 300" club and can even reach 320 km/h (200 mph). At a price of 3.5 million francs, the buyers snapped it up. A total of 281 copies of this quite remarkable Jaguar were produced from 1992 onwards, and there has been nothing like it since.
The Jaguar XJ220 that we are offering, no. 40 in the series and produced in 1992, was taken from the production line by Tom Walkinshaw, the boss of TWR, for his personal collection. It was then transferred to a collector, and for this reason was not registered until 1998. In 1998 it underwent a major overhaul, costing ?16,500, including a petrol tank replacement as recommended by the manufacturer. Another major overhaul was conducted in August 2010, and in 2011 other works were carried out, including replacement of the brakes and tyres. The service file, including bills, comes with the car. The previous owner participated in the 2011 Rallye de Paris.
In 2011 the current owner bought the car in an Artcurial auction, the car had 7,200 km on the clock at that time. He imported the car in Switzerland and used it very rarely; the meter now shows 8,650 km. Equipped with an Alpine car radio with 16/9 GPS, this Jaguar XJ220 is in an impressive condition. Real prototype on the road, it offers a truly delightful ride with the feeling of being behind the wheel of a car created as part of a quest for the perfect performance. Today, it remains the only affordable supercar.
The buyer of this Swiss car will have to settle the import taxes in the country of destination.