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1998 Jaguar XJ8 3.2 Auto *SOLD*

MAKEJaguar
MODELXJ8 3.2 Auto
REGISTRATIONS782 FYG
ENGINE SIZE3248
TRANSMISSIONAutomatic
MILEAGE103,000
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE1998
MOT EXPIRY DATE08/06/2023
CURRENT V5
COLOURBlue
INTERIORCream Leather

1998 Jaguar XJ8 3.2 Auto *SOLD*

  • Full Service History
  • Low reserve
  • MOT to June 2023
  • Warranted mileage
  • New Tyres
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Description

  • Full Service History
  • Low reserve
  • MOT to June 2023
  • Warranted mileage
  • New Tyres

Although superficially similar to the outgoing model, the XJ6 series, the XJ8 represents the thinking of a new generation of engineers at Jaguar’s headquarters in Coventry. The proportions of the car are wonderfully judged, leading to a Milanese panel of experts voting it L’Automobile piu Bella del Mondo – ‘The Most Beautiful Car In The World’. Surely a testament to its stylist, the late Geoff Lawson. The design philosophy was to identify all of the aspects that turned traditional Mercedes and BMW buyers away from Jaguar and to ruthlessly excise them. The fruits of this exercise have been to make Jaguar residual values amongst the strongest in their class. The Jaguar emblem now says all the right things about its driver.

This particular example comes to market as our vendor needs to reduce his collection. A great example with full service history and a recent MOT, both keys are present and within the very large document pack you will find the owner’s manual and service books along with a plethora of invoices showing that the vehicle has been extremely well maintained throughout its life.

Exterior

The blue metallic paint complements the cream interior perfectly and in our opinion is the best colour combination available for these luxury saloons.  This one in particular is in fantastic condition and belies its twenty-four years.  Our vendor has shared that the paintwork on the car is still gleaming with no obvious scuffs or scratches, in fact it was recently used for a close friend’s wedding such is the condition of this lovely XJ8.

He has just confirmed one very small dent that he noticed last week when he went to fill the car “I have noticed one imperfection ..there is a very small elbow push about ¼ of an inch by the filler cap but no broken paint or cracked paint – not noticeable unless you catch it in bright sunshine and it does not detract from any body work.”

Interior

After pulling yourself away from the fabulous exterior, the next step is to open the driver’s door. The first thing you notice is the quality of the upholstered leather and walnut trim, as you would expect from a brand such as Jaguar, they made a statement with this interior that said pure luxury…. We think they managed that and then some….

Bearing in mind that this XJ8 is now 24 years old, you would never know it from quality and condition of the interior.  Although not far off it is not 100% perfect, but we would challenge you to find one of this age in this good a condition.  The usual driver seat bolster wear is absent and there isn’t any discolouration or wear in any areas of the seats, in fact you could be mistaken for thinking the rear seats had not been used at all.  The other famous Jaguar issue of a sagging roof lining is surprisingly absent as well, you couldn’t ask for more.

Our vendor outlines that there is absolutely nothing amiss with this car and that also goes for the myriad of comfort options, buttons and switches fitted in the interior of the car. Every single one of them operates as it should except the small issue of the boot release, it must be noted that the boot opens and closes as it should from the outside just not from the inside boot release, usually an easy fix but it has not been looked into due to time restraints.

The underneath of the car is not perfect but that is only because any welding of corrosion has been repaired as needed for its MOTs, in fact to alleviate further issues it has been treated with anti-corrosion treatment.

Engine

Despite their size, the Jaguar XJ8 series are useful driver’s cars. This 3.2 litre model is pretty brisk, reaching 60 in a mere 8.8 seconds, and this well cared for example with its full service history will keep pulling for some time.  These V8 engines are pretty bullet proof without that much care and attention so expect a very reliable car indeed.

Somewhat surprisingly, at low speeds the ride feels at the sporty end of the luxury car spectrum.

As previously mentioned, this V8 has been serviced as per its service schedule with a full main dealer of Jaguar specialist carrying out the majority of services throughout its life and 103k mileage.  For an already bulletproof engine to be treated so well we would expect that FSH to deliver even more peace of mind.

We’re told that the auto gearbox is still just as smooth as it was when it left the factory, in fact those in the know will have experience how smooth in general these XJ8s really are, this is no different, a truly luxurious drive indeed.

Wheels Tyres Suspension and other

The original ten spoke 16-inch alloy wheels are in perfect condition with the vendor recently spending £500 on new rubber all round, there is some flaking on the spare but who cares, it’s in the boot.  As alluded to earlier, these luxury saloons waft along with all the grace of royalty and this has wanted for nothing throughout its life so does just that, with no niggly knocks or clonks and a nice taut drive you really will be getting a great deal of luxury for your money. It has even had its catalytic converter renewed recently with the rest of the exhaust in great condition.

The brakes have always been service as needed, in fact that task was carried out again recently and full rebuild with anything due or needing replacing carried ou,t so it brakes straight and true, always impressive with these big luxury saloons.

Our view

The XJ series, especially the x308 models really were at the pinnacle of Jaguar’s model range and it was so luxurious at the time it is still up there now, twenty-four years later.  Even modern luxury cars have to work hard to deliver more luxury than these babies.  Being looked after so well and with that full service history some lucky bidder is going to bag an extremely cheap luxury car.  The car is so good the vendor has shared that he will still enjoy its last few weeks of ownership so the mileage may go up very slightly by the time the winning bidder collects it.

Vehicle Location: Northumberland NE71– it’s the responsibility of the winning bidder to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor.

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Bidder Bid amount Bid time
n*****w £2,250.00 2022-08-22 14:59:08
n*****w £2,200.00 2022-08-22 14:57:43
n*****w £1,900.00 2022-08-22 14:35:24
j********************m £1,800.00 2022-08-22 13:36:05
n*****w £1,700.00 2022-08-22 14:35:10
n*****w £1,500.00 2022-08-22 14:34:54
n*****w £1,300.00 2022-08-22 14:34:28
j********************m £1,200.00 2022-08-20 07:06:33
n*****w £1,100.00 2022-08-22 14:34:07
n*****w £900.00 2022-08-18 21:51:07
k**************************m £500.00 2022-08-17 12:39:40
Start auction £500.00 09/08/2022 11:00 PM

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