IF YOU are having trouble breathing right now because of the excitement, we fully understand. After all, it’s not often that a pukka Jaguar XJ220 comes up for sale in Australia – a market that never officially received Jag’s 1990s supercar.
Built between 1992 and 1994, the XJ220 was Jaguar’s halo model, and thanks to sleek aero-centric bodywork was capable of reaching 350km/h – making it the fastest production car in the world for a short period of time before the McLaren F1 came along.
Powered by a Cosworth-designed 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6, it produced 404kW and 644Nm.
Only 277 XJ220s were ever built. Of those, a scant 70 rolled off the production line in right-hand drive. When the car launched 25 years ago they cost a whopping $470,000. Adjusted for inflation, that’s roughly $795,000 in today’s money.
The Monza Red car you see here was built in 1993, and one of only six in this specification. The asking price? A cool $999,999.
Remarkably (or perhaps, tragically) this car has only travelled 976km. While that makes it possibly one of the lowest-mileage XJ220s in the world, there’s a sense of sadness for such a magnificent car to spend much of its 25 year life tucked away in a garage.
The car was brought to Australia as part of a private collection shortly after 2003, before undergoing a major engine and transmission service in 2015.
The car is being sold with a set of leather-bound, silver gilded paperback manuals, along with both original keys.
If you’ve got the cash, it’d be one hell of an addition to your garage, with prices only set to rise – even if this example is a bit pricey at the moment.
It’s unclear how many XJ220s have migrated to Australia. However, a silver model was recently spotted in Melbourne lurking near the famous Duttons Garage.