1993 Jaguar XJ220

RM Sotheby's London 2021
Saturday, 6 November 2021
£432,500 ($583,485)
Sale Price
£375,000 - £425,000
Est. Range
6 November 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored Original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
RHD. 3498/542 hp twin-turbo V-6, 5-speed, Speedline Corse alloy wheels, Bridgestone Expedia tires, power windows, factory cassette stereo.

Evaluation: One of only about 275 XJ 220s built. Represented with just 295 miles and just one registered owner from new. Recommissioned by Don Law Racing between 2017 to 2018, at a cost of almost £89,000. The original paint looks immaculate with only the finest of swirls from its dust cover. The wheels still look brand-new, but it is worth noting that the tires are from 2002. A time-warp condition car.

Bottom Line: The XJ 220 has a mixed legacy. The prototype hinted at an all-wheel drive monster with a fat V-12, but the car that eventually made it to market was two-wheel drive with half as many cylinders. And although the 217-mph top speed made it the world’s fastest road car, the XJ 220 came out just in time for an economic recession and for the McLaren F1 to burst onto the scene and steal everyone’s thunder. XJ 220s seriously expensive to service, even by supercar standards; this, with the Jag’s original market troubles, made these cars long undervalued given their rarity, performance, and engineering excellence.

More recently, collectors might be taking notice of the Jag’s many merits, or perhaps it’s simply due to everything with a stick shift and a 200-mph speedometer being in high-demand. Either way, XJ 220s are getting more expensive. In September, Bonhams sold a similarly perfect low-mile example at Goodwood for £460,000 ($632,730). This result may be lower, but it proves that record result from Goodwood wasn’t a fluke.

by Andrew Newton
11 November 2021
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