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25 May 2013

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Lot 139

1993 Jaguar XJ220

  • Chassis no. SAJJEAEX8AX220765

Sold for €151.200


542 bhp, 3,498 cc dual overhead camshaft twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with Zytek fuel injection, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front and rear double-wishbone suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,640 mm (104 in.)

  • Single owner from new; very low-mileage example
  • One of less than 300 examples built
  • 200+ mph performance
  • Jaguar’s most celebrated modern supercar


The XJ220 claims a unique position among the handful of powerful supercars that emerged in the late 1980s. More luxurious and timelessly styled than some of the no-frills wedge designs of the period, the model began as the dream of Jaguar’s director of product engineering, Jim Randall, who wanted to field a car similar to Porsche’s 959. Jaguar Design’s Keith Heflet penned the gorgeous low-slung bodywork, whilst engineering focused on integrating a 48-valve racing V-12 developed by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR).



Debuting to great acclaim at the 1988 Birmingham Motor Show, the prototype XJ220 was approved for production after customer interest skyrocketed. With the Coventry factory at capacity, JaguarSport, a racing concern co-owned by the manufacturer and TWR, was assigned the task of transforming the gargantuan show car into a tractable production model. Exchanging the original V-12 for a turbocharged V-6 that had been successful in the XJR-10 and 11 race cars, the development team was able to shorten the wheelbase by eight inches.



After suspension work at the Nürburgring, where the model set a lap record, and the appointment of a sumptuous interior styled by Nick Hull, the XJ220 began making deliveries in 1992. Five hundred forty-two horsepower and 475 foot-pounds of torque, performance numbers that favourably compare with many of today’s fastest cars, gave the XJ220 awesome power, quicker to 60 mph and faster (217 mph!) than both the Ferrari F40 and the Lamborghini Diablo.



Finished in Le Mans Blue, this beautiful XJ220 was delivered on 27th May 1993, and it benefits from a gentle life of minimal use by just one owner, the consignor. Currently displaying just over 1,500 kilometres, this flagship supercar offers showroom cosmetic quality and mechanical condition, and it is surely one of the most finely preserved examples of the celebrated model available today. It is a rare example of Jaguar’s fastest street machine, and it would make a magical addition to any collection of modern performance cars.

Alexander Weaver

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

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