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Lot 238

1994 Jaguar XJ220

  • Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220619

Sold for $385,000

542 bhp, 3,498 cc DOHC V-6 engine with twin turbochargers and Zytek fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear double-wishbone suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 103.9 in.

  • The world’s fastest production car of its time
  • One of only 281 examples built between 1992 and 1994
  • One of only two known to be California emissions compliant
  • Recent mechanical service

Both historically and symbolically, the XJ220 embodied all that was great about Jaguar’s sporting heritage and stood proudly as the latest achievement in a long line of world-beating sports cars from the SS 100 to the C- and D-Types. Like its predecessors, it was clothed in svelte and aerodynamic bodywork, and its origins were rooted in Jaguar’s rich motorsport heritage. The car was conceived by Jim Randall, then Director of Engineering, who brought a model he built into work, and it was decided that it would be made into a full-scale concept. He then recruited a band of volunteers to get to work on the car, as a quasi-skunk-works project that would challenge the fastest automobiles on the planet.

The car was developed in conjunction with Tom Walkinshaw Racing, with lessons learned from the XJR-10 and XJR-1 and utilizing the twin-turbo V-6 produced in those cars. The twin-turbocharged six-cylinder provided astounding performance, as it could accelerate the car to a top speed of 212 mph, making it the fastest car in the world at the time of its unveiling.

Finished in Spa Silver over grey upholstery, this XJ220 was completed in 1994 as a left-hand-drive example and holds the distinction of being one of only two known examples that is EPA/DOT compliant and legal in all 50 states. In fact, the car is currently titled and registered in the state of California with a certificate of conformance, which attests to the over $100,000 we understand was invested to ensure this XJ220 would meet California regulations.

Since being delivered, in fact, the car has only accumulated fewer than 6,900 kilometers and, as such, remains in superb condition throughout. Of particular note are the optional and desirable features and extras that accompany the car, including a custom exhaust system, a leather-trimmed interior with Alcantara seat inserts, power windows, an Alpine audio system, a keyless alarm system with fob, limited-production Michelin Pilot Sport tires, air conditioning, XJ220 floor mats, a toolkit, owner’s manuals, and four keys. Finally, the car has been treated to extensive mechanical work within the last 600 miles, namely a new clutch, timing belt, pilot bearings, fuel pumps, fuel filters, turbo and exhaust gaskets, and spark plugs. Additionally, the oil and oil filter were changed, the coolant was flushed, the brake fluid was replaced, and the air conditioning was charged. Of particular expense were the two new turbochargers, brake booster, and new boost controller, all of which were installed in 2005.

The XJ220, over 20 years old and still one of the fastest cars on the planet, catapulted Jaguar into the forefront of the supercar world when it was new, and it still demands respect from enthusiasts today. It continues to embody the best of what the marque has come to symbolize: world-beating performance, stunning coachwork, and distinct British character and sophistication.

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