A Jaguar supercar – described as being in “time-warp condition” has gone on the market in Warwickshire.
The Jaguar XJ220 is one of 275 models built and has just 2,609 miles on the clock.
Finished in Silverstone Green with Sand Leather interior, car number 147 of the limited XJ220 model run was originally supplied to a French customer
The left-hand drive XJ220 has been stored for most of its life, being fully recommissioned in 2013 with new fuel tanks and major service.
It is supplied with a Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate and will be given a full service prior to its sale.
Its buyer will need deep pockets as this very sought-after Big Cat comes with a price tag of almost £350,000.
It is being sold by independent specialist car dealer, McGurk Performance Cars, located in the Warwickshire village of Kineton.
“I love these cars,” says John McGurk, owner, McGurk Performance Cars, who worked with the XJ220 in a prior role at TWR Jaguar.
“I’ve driven and sold a lot of XJ220s previously, and this car is as close to a new one as you’ll find today.”
Below: Footage of a Jaguar XJ220 spotted on the M40
It quickly gained record-breaking status as the fastest production car in the world, achieving a 217mph top speed being driven by Martin Brundle at the Nardo test track in Italy.
Powering it is a 542bhp turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine, it housed in a chassis using a bonded honeycomb aluminium structure and covered by aluminium bodywork.
Along with its record-breaking top speed, the XJ220 set a number of production car lap records, and, in XJ220-C form, it competed successfully in GT championships worldwide.
Controversially, three works XK220-Cs entered the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1993 in the GT class, beating all rivals, only to have their class win cruelly, and, incorrectly, a later appeal revealed, revoked on a technicality.
The prototype was built in 10 months, before being revealed to the public at the 1988 Motor Show at the NEC in Solihull.
The XJ220 proved a huge draw and was said to have accounted for 90,000 additional visitors to the show that year.
The event saw Jaguar take 1,500 deposits for it, with deliveries planned for 1992.
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Sadly its anticipated success fell victim to the prevailing economic environment – a £490,000 supercar being a tough sell for Jaguar during the 1990s recession.
The XJ220’s rarity, record-breaking performance and design lines combine to make it one of the most desirable of supercars.
John McGurk said: “They’re sensational to drive, challenging, but great fun, the turbos come in with a huge kick and the performance is still shocking today.”
Despite its hefty price tag the XJ220 offers good value compared to similar Ferrari and McLaren supercars.
Priced at £349,850, this Jaguar XJ220 joins a number of other notable rarities for sale at McGurk Performance Cars.
They include one of just 46 right-hand drive Ferrari 550 Barchettas, one of 240 Aston Martin V550 Vantages built and number 14 of 150 Aston Martin GT8s among its stock.