The XJ220 was one of the most underrated supercars of the 90sby Khris Bharath, on LISTEN 05:46
A Jaguar XJ220 with only 1800 miles on the clock has come up for sale on Bring-A-Trailer. The XJ220 briefly held the title for the fastest car in the world in the early 90s until it was excised by the Mclaren F1.
Brief History of the Jaguar XJ 220
In the 80s, Ferrari and Porsche were the gold standards for all sports cars. Jaguar wanted to show themselves - and the world - that they could do better with the XJ220 - the 220 signifying its top speed in miles per hour and they succeeded as the Jag went on to become the world’s fastest road car.
There was a lot of enthusiasm when the Jaguar XJ220 concept was originally unveiled as a concept car at the British International Motor show in 1988. The two-seater with gullwing doors, more than five meters long, not even waist-high, and made of aluminum, drew everyone’s attention. A V-12 engine hidden between the seats was ready to put more than 500 horses on the road via an all-wheel-drive system, and spurred the imagination of show-goers as to what this Jag could do on the track.
Jim Randle, Jaguar’s then-chief developer, hoped to finally put the British firm on par with Ferrari and Porsche. As a result, he tinkered with a few coworkers outside of regular working hours.
However, many people were dissatisfied when the supercar finally hit the market in 1992. It had standard doors instead of the anticipated gullwing doors, no all-wheel-drive system, and a significantly shortened tail end with only six cylinders instead of the original twelve.
The 3.5-liter displacement did not excite everyone, but the XJ220 had plenty of power, thanks to Jaguar’s development partner Tom Walkinshaw’s installation of two turbochargers. The 3,240-pound, 543-horsepower racer could reach 62 mph in 3.7 seconds
The Top Speed Record
Back in 1992, Formula 1 legend Martin Brundle - who had previously done well with Tom Walkinshaw’s BMW racing cars and had won the World Prototype Championship and the 24 Hours of Daytona on board the Jaguar XJR-9 at the end of the 1980s, took the XJ220 to a claimed top speed of 217 mph at the Nardo circuit in Puglia, in southern Italy.
It was supposed to be the fastest production car in the world, a record that was reached but quickly surpassed because it was broken a year later when the McLaren F1 hit 220 mph.
From that point forward, the XJ220’s history takes an unfortunately conclusive path. Commercial success eluded and only 280 examples were ever made. Some have dubbed it "the unluckiest supercar ever”.
The story of this XJ 220
This particular 1994 Jaguar XJ220 is one of those 280 examples that were made over a two-year period, and it was created on February 8, 1994, in a left-hand-drive layout. The vehicle was first delivered new in the U.K. to an Essex dealership, Grange Jaguar back in 1997.
It was imported to the U.S. under a "show or display" exemption. After five years with a Florida collector, it was relocated to Ontario, Canada, in 2010. The car was later briefly exhibited in a Hong Kong collection and it then moved back to Canada.
The car is finished in a beautiful shade of Silverstone Green over Tan leather that covers the manually adjustable bolstered sport seats, door panels, as well as console, and roof pillars. The flooring is carpeted in the same color as the walls, with black Alcantara accenting the kick panels and doors. Power steering, electrically adjustable heated side mirrors, power windows, air conditioning, and an Alpine CD changer with a cassette player are among the many features.
As stated above, the mighty Jag is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission with a limited-slip differential.
A bonded aluminum chassis encased in aluminum bodywork, a glass canopy, AP Racing brakes, and staggered-diameter Speedline wheels are among the other characteristics of this beast.
Lamborghini of Calgary in Canada, replaced the timing belts, rear main seal, spark plugs, air filters, the battery, the fuel cell, all four fuel pumps, and fuel lines in September 2019 using parts obtained from Don Law in the U.K. In 2021, a new turbo oil feed and return line O-rings were replaced, as well as a new lower sump pan gasket. In 2019, a new clutch, pilot bearing, throwout bearing, and clutch slave cylinder were installed, and the flywheel was resurfaced. In 2020, a new rear underbody tray was added.
This XJ220 has just 1,800 miles and is now available in Alberta, Canada, with recent service receipts, a Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate, a Jaguar date-of-manufacture statement, owner’s manuals, transfer paperwork from the previous owner, a first-aid kit, a tool kit, a clean Carfax report, and previous Alberta registration in the seller’s name.
|Horsepower||543 HP @ 7,200 RPM|
|Torque||474 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM|
|0 to 60 mph||3.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||212 mph|