Spectacular would perhaps be an understatement for a car that achieved the status of the fastest ever road car, boasting the holding of the Nurburgring production car lap record between 1992 and 2000. As well as being known for its vivid performance and styling, the Jaguar XJ220 is renown for its remarkable story of how it came about. The supercar is the result of keen jaguar employees coming together in an out of hours society referred to as the ‘Saturday club’ where unofficial projects could be worked on.
The Birmingham motor show in 1988 revealed the car for its first time, the biggest difference being that it was fitted with a v12 engine that gave output to all four wheels. Due to engineering requirements the V12 was replaced with a twin turbo V6 engine that lies dramatically on view behind the two seater, and produces an impressive 542 bhp with a top speed of 217 mph.
The car being offered is number 269 of only 281 produced finished in Jaguar Metallic green over with ivory leather interior. Presented with a comprehensive service history showing the total of three owners, and carries quite the unique past of being owned by the Royal family of Brunei before returning to England.
The milometer currently shows a reading of only 5790 miles from new, the car returned to England where it was sent to Don Law in Staffordshire who is the world’s leading authority on these cars for its 24-month service in August 2015. This service included the removal of the engine and transmission, replacement of belts, clutch, all fluids and filters etc whilst also replacing the fuel tank, pumps and fuel hoses. The XJ220 has been considered by many to be one of the most undervalued collectable supercars currently on the market and whist the car being offered here has been incredibly well looked after, maintained and well documented, it also has quite the remarkable history.
The private number plate of JAZ 220 is supplied with the car.