Bonhams : Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar XJ220 Coupé Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874

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Lot 27
1992 Jaguar XJ220 Coupé
Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874

€ 280,000 - 420,000
US$ 310,000 - 470,000
Amended
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium
1992 Jaguar XJ220 Coupé
Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
*Number '33' of 280 made
*Owned from new by the Belgian Jaguar importer, Jacques de Clippel
*Only 1,080 kilometres from new
*Fully documented

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 the prototype burst upon an astonished world in 1988. A planned 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. Interest was intense and almost 1,500 orders were received. Jaguar then had the task of allocating cars to those privileged few customers that it considered worthy of ownership. In the event, changed economic circumstances mean that many of those who had paid the £50,000 deposit were unable to take delivery. The production XJ220 was officially launched at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show and when production ended in 1994, approximately 275 examples had been built.

Planning for Jaguar's proposed 300kph 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 300kph-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 Burgundy with beige leather interior, XJ220 chassis number '874' is the 33rd car produced. It has been owned from new by the former Jaguar importer for Belgium, Mr Jacques de Clippel, who proudly displayed the company's flagship model at his Jaguar showroom in Antwerp. XJ220 allocation was a highly sensitive issue; this is an early number and therefore highly sought after. The car was delivered on 16th December 1992 but was not first registered until September 1997, on the Belgian plate 'JAG 181', thus avoiding possible problems had registration been delayed any longer. Driven only sparingly, it has covered only 1,080 kilometres from new and has always been kept in the showroom as its flagship. Around 1½-2 years ago a major service was carried out, including replacement of the cam belts and fuel tank. This work was carried out by the vendor's own Jaguar mechanics.

To say that this car if well documented would be a gross understatement. The history file contains the following:

*Belgian registration papers (1997)
*Copy of the sales invoice dated 28/08/1992 to Mr Jacques de Clippel
*Invoice from Project XJ220 to Jaguar Belgium
*Personalised hubcap with owner's name and number '033'
*A quantity of promotional and press material and letters including Jaguar XJ220 technical specifications and Sales & Marketing letters from Jaguar Belgium and a full accessories list

*Extensive correspondence with Factory Project XJ220 Limited (Oxon, UK) and Jaguar
*Confirmation of the two deposits paid to order this car
*Transport note for delivery when new
*Owner's notes
*Jaguar XJ220 technical specifications document, sales brochures, etc.
*XJ220 After Sales Customer Questionnaire.
*Certificate of conformity for the fuel bladder (2010)
*Period photographs of the car on garage plates in July 1993
*Confirmation of the XJ220 final build specification (colours) 18/05/1992

In short, the history file contains all the documentation and correspondence ever concerned with this car apart from invoices for services, as they were carried out by the owner himself. Even the invoice for the original dust cover and body protection kit is there. The XJ also comes with the aforementioned 7-piece body protection kit designed to protect the front and rear wings, etc. during servicing or storage. Presented in 'as new' condition and fully documented, this wonderful XJ220 is worthy of the closest inspection.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that Belgium TVA/VAT is payable at 21% on the hammer price of this vehicle unless exported from the EU. Please note that the Jaguar XJ220 Coupé, Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874, will be delivered in running condition and ready to drive after "The Zoute Sale" by Bonhams. Veuillez noter que la TVA/VAT belge payable sur le prix d'adjudication pour ce véhicule est de 21% à moins qu'elle soit exportée en dehors de l'Union Européenne. Veuillez noter que la Jaguar XJ220 Coupé, Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874, sera livrée en état de marche et prête à être conduite après "The Zoute Sale" de Bonhams.
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Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
Offered from the private collection of the former Jaguar importer for Belgium,1992 Jaguar  XJ220 Coupé  Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220874
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