1998 Jaguar XJ220,
Lot 337
c.1992 Jaguar XJ220 Coupé Chassis no. SAJJEAEXBAX220789 Engine no. GA10294SB
£105,000 - 115,000
US$ 170,000 - 190,000
Lot Details
c.1992 Jaguar XJ220 Coupé
Registration no. S852 ADO
Chassis no. SAJJEAEXBAX220789
Engine no. GA10294SB

Footnotes

  • The words 'supercar' and 'sensational' are often to be found in conjunction, and no more justifiably so than in the case of Jaguar's fabulous XJ220. Worthy successor to the multiple Le Mans-winning C-Type and D-Type Jaguars of the 1950s, 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. 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 XJ220's exclusivity. In the event, approximately 270 examples had been built when production ended in 1994.
    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 Jaguar's 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 Jaguar's 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 left-hand drive model finished in green with beige leather interior, XJ220 chassis number '789' was originally allocated by Jaguar to the 1993 ‘Fast Masters’ race series that had been devised to promote the model in the USA. Returned to the UK and refurbished at the Jaguar factory under the supervision of XJ220 Co-ordinator, Paul Wadley, the car was first registered in this country in 1998 and has had only three private owners since then. A total of only 3,956 kilometres has been covered from new and the car is reported as in generally good condition. Offered with current MoT and Swansea V5 registration document, ‘789’ represents a rare opportunity to acquire a fine example of what in future years will surely be regarded as the marque’s finest two-seater coupé.
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