This magnificent looking and supremely well specified Jaguar XJ220 Coupe has been in the present owners hands from new and is offered here in pristine condition and at a level offering a considerable saving over the list price at launch.
The words supercar and sensational are often to be found in conjunction, and no more justifiably so than in the case of Jaguars fabulous XJ220. Worthy successor to the XK120 and E-Type, the XJ220 grabbed the headlines, just as its illustrious forebears had done in previous decades, when it burst upon an astonished world in October 1991. This time though, the newest Jaguar could claim a title denied its predecessors, that of The Worlds Fastest Car. A limited production run of a minimum of 220 and a maximum of 350 cars, combined with an eventual VAT-inclusive price tag of nearly £403,000, only served to further ensure the XJ220s exclusivity.
Planning for Jaguar's proposed 200mph supercar had begun in the mid-1980s - design proceeding mainly in the project team's spare time! - and finally bore fruit when the prototype was exhibited at the UK Motor Show in 1988. The XJ220 survived Jaguars take-over by Ford the following year, but when it eventually entered production in 1992 was a very different beast. Gone was the prototype's 6.2-litre V12 engine, replaced by a Cosworth-designed, 3.5-litre, twin-turbo V6 as used in the XJR-11 sports-racer, while other casualties of the need to simplify the design for production included the prototype's four-wheel drive and adaptive suspension. Producing no less than 542bhp, this stupendous engine enabled the XJ220 to meet its 200mph-plus design target, F1 driver Martin Brundle recording a speed of over 217mph during track testing. The 0-100mph time was staggering 7.9 seconds!
Drawing on experience gained from Jaguars double-Le Mans-winning Group C sports racers, the XJ220 was constructed around a bonded and riveted monocoque chassis formed from lightweight, corrosion resistant, aluminium-alloy sheet re-enforced by aluminium honeycomb sections in highly stressed areas. Similarly race-derived was the double-wishbone suspension, adapted to provide acceptable comfort under road conditions, while other competition-influenced features were the AP Racing brakes, Speedline aluminium alloy wheels (17 diameter at the front, 18 at the rear) and FF Developments, five-speed, all-synchromesh transaxle with viscous-control, limited-slip differential.
A right-hand drive model finished in dark red metallic with black leather interior, XJ220 chassis number 827 was purchased new by the present owner and first registered on 29th October 1997. The vehicle was first serviced at Jaguars Browns Lane factory and is offered fresh from a minor service undertaken by Aston Martin Works Service at Newport Pagnell enabling it to be MoTd and taxed to facilitate the transfer of the private registration mark. Scarcely used - the odometer records just 737 miles - this stunning car remains in as new condition throughout.