For sale: a prowling pair of XJ220s


Two examples of what was once the world fastest production car are to go under the hammer at the Jaguar-dominated Heythrop Classic Car sale

1995 Jaguar XJ220 for sale at the Heythrop Classic Car sale

Two Jaguar XJ220s, once the world’s fastest production car, are leading Silverstone Auctions’ May sale taking place at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire on May 11.

The Heythrop Classic Car sale is being held in association with the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club and a wide selection of Jaguars is going under the hammer. In addition to the two XJ220s, there will be eight E-types, XK120s, a 150, as well as, among the more modern examples of the marque, XJSs and XKRs.

The two XJ220s being offered are both highly collectable examples of the supercar in which Martin Brundle set the record as fastest in the world in 1992 at the Nardo test track.

The XJ220 was described by Win Percy as a “very underrated car”, and Richard Heseltine wrote in 2010 that the car wasn’t what Jaguar promised. In fact, it turned out to be much better.

One of the XJ220s going under the hammer is a 1997 left-hand drive model that recently had £50,000 spent on it by Jaguar Classic Works, with the work detailed in the car’s history file. It is now in what Silverstone Auctions calls ‘exceptional condition’ and even has the registration ‘220 XXK’. It has 20,500km on the clock and is estimated to sell for £300,000 to £350,000.

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The other XJ220 heading to auction is right-hand drive and has a mileage of just 700 miles. This 1995 model comes in Le Mans Blue and was recently discovered in a private collection in Malaysia and brought back to the UK where it underwent £25,000 worth of work by XJ220 model expert Don Law in late 2015. It is estimated to fetch between £325,000 and £375,000.

The selection of E-types at the sale is led by a 1973 V12 Roadster Series 3. The car, which previously was used as a Jaguar Cars Ltd press car, has been in the same ownership for the last 22 years. It underwent a four-year-long restoration in the 2000s by respected firm Classic Motor Cars (CMC) in Bridgenorth, with the clutch and brakes upgraded at the same time. It’s estimated to go for £80,000 to £100,000.

1965 Jaguar E-type series 1 FHC is a 'timewarp'

There also will be for sale a 47,000-mile, two-owner, 1965 E-type Series 1 FHC, which is a ‘time warp’ to the point of still being in its original paint. This United States-delivered left-hand drive car while in the US has also had a replacement interior finished painstakingly to its original specification. It’s estimated to sell for £40,000 to £50,000.

While the striking red-coloured 3.8-litre engined XK150S for sale is suitable for competition. It started life as Fixed Head Coupé in Pearl Grey, then underwent a full restoration in 1990 and ’91 when it was converted to a Drop Head Coupé. In 2000 it was upgraded further to rally spec for competition, and this was followed by another upgrade in 2005 and ’06 with a competition engine added.

It was bought by the current vendor in 2008 and it has since been maintained by Pearsons Engineering. It is estimated at £120,000 to £150,000.


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