Overall condition: Very Good
Number of owners: 2
MOT: Until 3rd November 2023. (Passed with no advisories and passed the first time of asking.)
Designed by critically acclaimed automotive designer Geoff Lawson, the Jaguar X308 XJ8 was introduced in 1998 as a replacement to the well-received X300 XJ. While the X308 looked very similar to the outgoing car it was actually 30% different to the X300. The engine was upgraded from six to eight cylinders, the front bumper was re-profiled, there was oval indicators instead of rectangle ones and the interior was re-modelled with a much more curvaceous look and feel to it. In total 126,260 X308 XJ8 were made during its five-year production run between 1998 and 2003.
The exterior is in extremely good condition. Areas of wear are a tiny scuff on the back right of the rear bumper and a small area of paint peel by the car’s aerial (see picture 44). The owner informs us that the paintwork is original and hasn’t been resprayed. The car is equipped with its original wheels that have no visible marks, all wheels wear 225/55 R16 Pirelli P7 Cinturato’s tyres that have a good amount of tread on them. The lights present well, as do the chrome fittings around the car. The front chrome grill is in a spotless condition with no marks, scratches, or discolouration visible. The roof has no visible marks or scratches. The Jaguar emblems are pristine. The Jaguar and XJ Sport badges on the rear appear to have suffered some light sun damage and the V8 symbol on the side column could do with a touch up. Apart from these minor defects the car’s exterior presents in brilliant condition.
This XJ8 is fitted with Jaguar’s signature 3.2-litre V8, weighing 1,800kg, the 240hp motor dispatches 60mph in a smudge of over 8-seconds and propels the car to 140mph. The Jaguar’s ZF 5HP24 automatic transmission feels smooth and gets through the gears smoothly without any unexpected delays or lurches. Upon starting the engine, the V8 idles quietly and gets up to temperature as normal. One important thing to note is upon start-up the message ‘Stability Control Fail’ is visible (see picture 72). The car had a fuel and oil filter replaced during 2019, and during a recent service its pollen filter and drive belt were replaced too.
The black leather interior presents well with no visible tears or colour deterioration. There is expected patina on the drivers and front passenger seat, most notably around the side bolsters. There is no colour fading on the black seats which retains a deep colour and still look factory-fresh. The steering wheel has no visible wear with the black leather and wooden trim looking as good as the day it left the factory. The leather on the dashboard has no sun damage. All the trim and buttons around the dash are equally as impressive with very wear or colour deterioration. The owner reports all interior buttons and controls work as expected. The front and rear carpets could do with deep clean to bring them up to the standard of the rest of the interior. However, we recommend simply replacing them to do the car justice. The boot lining is immaculate, as is the spare wheel.
As Classic Worlds wrote in 2022 “It might be the model people shy away from but the Jaguar XJ8 is a performance and luxury bargain today and a sure-fire classic investment”.
This 3.2-litre really is a beautiful example of the XJ8 and at only 43,147 miles has to be one of the lowest milleage examples currently for sale. Register to bid today and secure yourself an important piece of Jaguar’s history.
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