- 813 km from new !
- Never registered
- Sold new in France
The XJ220 prototype was unveiled to the world in Birmingham in 1988. The car was greeted with enthusiasm and the decision was taken to produce a limited series of three hundred and fifty examples. As Jaguar was not set up to produce such a small series, the build project was given to Jaguar-Sport, a joint venture between Jaguar Car LTD and TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing). The heavy twelve-cylinder set-up gave way to a derivation of the lighter and less bulky V6 racing engines, allowing the wheelbase to be shortened by 10 cm. For the same reason the four-wheel drive option was also abandoned. The weight of the production car came down to just over 1400 kilos. The aluminium body housed an integral steel-tubed roll-cage. The aerodynamics of this very quick Jaguar resulted from extensive development, not only to aid penetration through the air, but also to ensure the car had sufficient downforce at high speeds. The tyres suitable for this specification were special performance Bridgestones.
We are faced here with one of the fastest production cars in the world that, like the Ferrari F40, the McLaren F1, the Bugatti 110S and the Lamborghini Diablo, was capable of well over 300 km/h. The F1 driver Martin Brundle was timed at 341 km/h in an XJ 220 on the Nardo circuit .
The car on offer, no. 27, was one of the first XJ 220s to be sold. It was delivered new in France to the current owner who has never had the car registered. This gentleman is over 75 years old today and bought the car for its aesthetic appeal. It has remained with its temporary plates, as its Parisian owner does not drive it - he is driven everywhere by his chauffeur. However, he does like to start the car once a week, in its parking place two floors below ground in the car park at his apartment. What's more, the tricky ramp makes it difficult to get the car out ! It is for these reasons that the car has only covered 813 km since leaving the factory ! It appears that these few hundred kilometres took place on the motorway as there are one or two gravel chips at the front. The doors of the XJ 220 don't open very wide. It involves a degree of contortion to get in, and leaning on the top of the seat, which is the only part of the interior that shows any sign of wear. The car's elderly owner must clearly have gone to enormous lengths to prevent the doors touching against the walls of his parking space, when getting in and out of the car. The carpets still have the original plastic covering on! The beige leather interior is in excellent condition, and the car has been fully serviced by the renowned Automobiles T.S.. Toni Sisinni, accustomed to these supercars, has confirmed that the brakes, wheels and tyres have never been changed and show no signs of wear !
It will be delivered to its new owner with its service book (that includes a service carried out in 2002 at 400 km !), owner's manuals and Jaguar certificate. Here is a wonderful opportunity to acquire one of the marque's supercars, the stunning XJ 220, with negligible mileage. Moreover, the future owner will have the privilege of being the first person to register it !