Lot 395 - 1997 Jaguar XJ8 (3.2 litre)
|Odometer reading||39,363 miles|
|Result||Sold - £7,560|
Jaguar XJ is the designation used for the series of luxury saloons sold under the British marque. The first XJ was launched in 1968 and the designation has been used for successive Jaguar flagship models ever since. The original model was the last Jaguar saloon to have had the input of Sir William Lyons, the company's founder. With the introduction of the X308 generation in 1997 came a switch from the 'XJ6' nomenclature to 'XJ8', reflecting the fact that the X308 cars were powered by a new V8 engine. The exterior styling of the X308 was similar to its predecessor the X300, with minor refinements such as a change to oval indicator lenses and round fog lights. The interior was also updated to eliminate the instrument binnacle used on the X300; instead, three large gauges were set into recesses in the walnut faced dashboard in front of the driver. The major mechanical change was the replacement of both the inline-six and V12 engines with new eight-cylinder V8 in either 3.2 litre or 4.0 litre versions. Manual transmission was not available with X308 models only a five-speed automatic gearbox.
This lovely example is presented in Aquamarine with cream leather interior and comes with all the usual refinements that these luxury executive saloons were fitted with including air conditioning and electric windows and is powered by the smooth 3.2 litre V8. This car has had only two owners from new, with the last owner being a 94 year old Jaguar enthusiast who owned the car from 1999 and has clearly cherished it. Surveying the car, the condition can only be described as superb and belying its age both inside and out. With all electrics in working order, no rattles or worrying noises, this Jaguar flagship is an absolute joy to drive, and no wonder, with a remarkable 23 main dealer stamps in the book. Supplied with two keys and fobs, book pack and additional paperwork, this luxurious car offers the potential buyer an incredible opportunity to own a superb 90’s saloon, in excellent condition, and ready to be enjoyed.
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