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Please note this vehicle was imported under the Show or Display Exemption.
Few models of the early-1990s supercar boom have aged more gracefully than Jaguar’s XJ220, which debuted in concept form to overwhelming acclaim at the 1988 Birmingham Motor Show. Undergoing several years of development supervised by Jaguar’s competition concern, JaguarSport, the XJ220 eventually featured a race-proven twin-turbocharged V-6 and beautifully curved coachwork penned by Keith Heflet. Entering production in 1992, just 281 examples of the stunning speed machine were constructed, adding the cachet of rarity to performance capabilities that exceeded 200 mph.
This outstanding example of the sensational Jaguar XJ220 boasts a mere three owners since its dispatch from the factory in early 1994. Treated to only very sparing use, chassis no. 220631was finished in Le Mans blue metallic paint over an interior of gray leather.
In September 1997, the Jaguar was purchased by its first owner of record, Andrew Palmer of the UK. Mr. Palmer retained the visionary supercar for almost five years before selling it in June 2002 to Peter Bond, who offered it for sale the following October at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London. Displaying approximately 5,000 km on its odometer at the time, the XJ220 stood out as a pristine example and was quickly snapped up by the consignor, a lifelong Jaguar enthusiast and renowned West Coast collector.
In late 2002, the consignor properly imported the XJ220 into the US under the Show or Display Exemption. Since this certification, the Jaguar has accrued a mere 700 km, and at the time of cataloguing read less than 6,000 original kilometers.
Primarily used as a display piece to showcase the genius of Jaguar design through the 1990s, chassis no. 220631was exhibited on the showroom floor of the consignor’s marque dealership. More recently, the XJ220 was upgraded with a few competition-oriented modifications to enhance its performance, most notably the addition of a racing clutch, a new fuel cell, and an AP Racing twin-servo brake system for gut-wrenching stopping power.
Assured by the consignor to drive extremely well, and still featuring a beautiful finish to its original paint and interior, this expertly cared-for XJ220 would make a superb complement to any collection of Jaguars or modern supercars. It is sure to find acclaim at club meetings and regional concours d’elegance while continuing to leave supercar aficionados breathless.