Jaguar XJ220 had me purring with pleasure


Jaguar’s 213mph XJ220 was stunning supercar in its day – motoring editor Andy Russell just wishes he had the money to buy one coming up at auction!

When Jaguar launched its XJ220 supercar in 1992 it was one of the most stunning cars I had ever seen. With the £50,000 non-returnable deposit out of my reach, let alone the original £400,000 asking price I had to content myself with a model.

Only 281 were produced by JaguarSport, a joint venture between Jaguar and Tom Walkinshaw, between 1992 and 1994, so I was interested to learn a special 1994 XJ220 will be offered in Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show on Saturday, at Birmingham NEC.

Chassis no 220693 was exported to Brunei by special order of the royal family. Part of its world-renowned car collection until 2002, it covered just 1,412 miles before returning to the UK and becoming the property of a flamboyant champagne dealer before moving on to the current owner. The car, JAZ 220, has still covered less than 6,000 miles.

With 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 213mph the XJ220 was the world’s fastest road car, albeit for a short time.

Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, said: “Having been overlooked, these cars are beginning to catch the attention of collectors across the globe and we predict that values will continue to climb over the coming years.”

Just as well given that it is estimated to sell for £200,000 to £220,000 – a lot less than the new price.


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