NEC Classic Motor Show Sale 2015

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1991 Jaguar XJ220

Lot No.: 333

Registration: JAZ 220
Chassis Number: SAJJEAEX7AX220693
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 4000
Year of Manufacture: 1994
Sold for (£): 315,000

The story behind the Jaguar XJ220 is an inspiring one. Professor Jim Randall, the head of Jaguar's engineering department, started the ball rolling by sketching out some ideas whilst on a Christmas holiday in the 1980s. It was the stuff of fantasies - V12, 4WD, slippery body with ground effects. Together with colleagues in the 'Saturday Club' at Jaguar (so called because they met out of hours and at weekends to work on unofficial pet projects) they toyed with the concept until Jaguar started getting genuinely excited by the idea and official plans were put in place to build what was to be the fastest ever road car.

The Birmingham Motor Show in 1988 saw the unveiling of the powered concept with the design featuring a V12, fuel injected, 48 valve 530BHP engine delivering its output to all four wheels. Ultimately, the use of the V6 allowed the chassis to be shortened, although the proportions of this car are still truly impressive. The engine sits behind the two seat cabin, with a tiny boot available behind that. The styling is heavily influenced by the need to cool the highly tuned engine and also to provide sufficient downforce to keep the car steady at the 217mph top speed.

To say this is a very very special Jaguar is somewhat of an understatement, we are told by the vendor that chassis no 220693 was built by TWR Jaguar in Oxford in 1991 before being dispatched to Brunei having being ordered by the Royal family. The car covered very little mileage in the intervening years and was repatriated back to the UK in September of 2002. According to records at its first MoT in the UK in July of 2002 it had a mileage reading of 1,412 and as befitting a car of this nature the car then became the property of flamboyant champagne dealer before becoming the property of our vendor.

There's no doubt about it, this car is as visual as it is all about power. It may be 20 years old, but this Jaguar looks like it's ready to take on a McLaren P1! Having owned this car for a long period of time the vendor informs us that the driving experience can only be described as totally addictive if you are a petrol head. Turn the ignition key, hit the starter button and behind your head the Group C derived V6 bursts aggressively into life, harsh metallic whips of sound lash wildly from the engine bay, it's a noise straight from the Le Mans pit lane. Once up to speed it becomes equally addictive to lift off the accelerator and listen to the frenetic mixture of turbo waste gate chatter. Continuing to feed power through the gearbox only results in more drama as it reaches the limits of its abilities before the brace of mighty turbochargers reach full compression and the seductive noise dissipates into an aeronautical gale as vast quantities of air are manipulated around the high-downforce body and through the engine.

Make no mistake this car has the looks to match, the Jaguar Metallic Green paintwork is absolutely stunning from any angle thanks to the fact that this particular XJ220 was the subject of a hugely expensive glass out repaint in 2007 as its former years in Brunei had done nothing for this big cat's external coat. It was also decided at the same time that an internal re-trim was in order; the nett result is a car that looks better than the day it left the TWR factory.

The milometer currently shows a speedo reading of just 5782 miles and is supported by MoT certificates dating back to 2002. In late August this year, JAZ 220 was returned to Don Law in Staffordshire who is the world's leading authority on these cars for its 24-month service. This service included the removal of the engine and transmission, replacement of belts, clutch, all fluids and filters etc. At the same time whilst the engine was out they took the opportunity to replace the fuel tank, pumps and fuel hoses. With some additional work, setting the car up and a fresh MoT until August 2016, the bill was just a little shy of £21,000.

 Other than trips to the MoT station this car has had little use over recent years and the vendor now feels it is time to pass the enjoyment of owning this incredible machine onto somebody else who will maintain and cherish it in a similar way.The distinctive personal registration 'JAZ 220' is staying with the car where it belongs.

 Only 281 of these Jaguar icons were ever built and they are mostly dotted around the World in private collections so it makes all the more sense to buy one whilst you still can.