CHASSIS NO: SAJJEAEX8AX220632
• 1 of as few as 280 examples produced 1992-94
• Co-developed by Jaguar and Tom Walkinshaw Racing
• A stunning tour de force of race derived engineering and design
• The all-time fastest Jaguar road model produced
• Sparingly driven, never damaged and never requiring paintwork
• Imported to USA when new and DOT/EPA certified in California
3,498cc mid-mounted all-alloy 24-valve, V-6 engine, twin Garrett T3 turbochargers and intercoolers, 542 HP at 6,500 rpm, five-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with wishbones, coilover dampers and anti-roll bars, power-assisted four-wheel ventilated disc brakes; wheelbase: 2,640 mm (103.9")
Celebrating its renaissance and renewed commitment to motorsports excellence during the late 1980s, Jaguar unveiled the spectacular V-12, all-wheel drive XJ220 supercar prototype at the 1988 British Motor Show. Designed by Keith Helfet, it was relentlessly developed by Jaguar engineer Alastair Macqueen in conjunction with Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) and remains a tour de force in all disciplines. While strictly a road car at the outset, the XJ220 embodied Jaguar’s legendary racing pedigree, including an electrifying victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans under Walkinshaw’s forceful guidance in 1988, a feat repeated soon afterward in 1990.
As offered for sale, the production XJ220 differed in several key respects from the London show car internally known as ‘220A’ with a shorter wheelbase and rear-only drive. Powering the production XJ220 was not an inline-six or V-12 , but rather an all-new, twin-turbocharged DOHC V-6 engine with twin intercoolers developing 542 HP and mated to a five-speed rear transaxle. The race derived XJ220 chassis was fashioned from a light, yet strong aluminum honeycomb structure mounting aerodynamically efficient aluminum and composite bodywork; even with its generous overall dimensions, the XJ220 weighed 1,470 kilograms (3,240 pounds). Predictably, XJ220 performance was – and remains – breathtaking, with the 0-60 dash completed in just over four seconds. Given its massive performance envelope, special tires were required; during extensive tire and high-speed testing sessions held at Fort Stockton, Texas in 1991, Andy Wallace drove XJ220 Chassis 004 to 213 mph. Formula 1 star driver Martin Brundle tested a lightly modified XJ220 and achieved in excess of 217 mph, a record that stood until the advent of the McLaren F1 in 1994.
Type Approval for XJ220 production came in December 1989 and an all-new factory was set up at Bloxham, Oxfordshire. JaguarSport, a partnership of Jaguar and TWR, was established for production. XJ220 Prototype 001 was completed in 1990 and Car 002 was tested at 186 mph at Bruntingthorpe that September. The first XJ220 for customer delivery was completed in June 1992 and carried a stunning retail price of £470,000. Just 280 production examples of the XJ220 were built and high-profile early buyers included such exotic-car fanatics as Sir Elton John and the Sultan of Brunei. Production ended in 1994 and today, the XJ220 continues to rank firmly among the most outrageous and exotic supercars ever conceived and produced.
Predictably, Jaguar and TWR also endeavored to take the XJ220 racing, hoping to prove its qualities on the racetrack as well as its dominance on the road. In 1993, they won the GT class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans their first time out, but the title was later revoked for the car’s lack of road-specification catalytic converters. Stateside, the XJ220 caused a stir with the highly publicized “Fast Masters” racing series, wherein former racing drivers, all driving XJ220s, competed and often exchanged paint at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Distinctively finished in Le Mans Blue over gray leather upholstery, this stunning late-production 1994 Jaguar XJ220 is car number 143 of the 280 produced and comes to auction with only 3,222 kilometres (2,002 miles) of use at the time of writing. Believed one of only a mere handful of XJ220s imported to the USA and DOT/EPA-certified in notoriously stringent California at massive expense when new, known history includes ownership by Jim Lyons of La Jolla and acquisition by the current owner via the Fort Lauderdale Collection. Accompanying items include a Le Mans Blue XJ220 scale model, books/manuals, tools and car cover. Never damaged, never requiring paintwork and offered with exceptionally low mileage, this XJ220 is a top-notch and incredibly collectible example of Britain’s ultimate supercar.