Jaguar XJ8 - SOLD
1998 Jaguar XJ8.
- 3.2 litre V8 with 5 speed Automatic gearbox.
- Sherwood Green metallic with Cashmere Leather.
- 1 owner from new - only 55k miles.
- Substantial history file - 16 Jaguar stamps plus further invoicing.
- All previous MOT records.
- Original purchase invoice.
With its lineage tracing all the way back to the late 60's, Jaguars executive saloon had always been known by either the XJ6 or XJ12 moniker, with this referring to the engine cylinder configuration. In 1997, after nearly 40 years and with the introduction of the new Jaguar X308 model, the designation switched to the XJ8, with this reflecting the fact that X308 cars were to be powered by an all new V8 engine.
The exterior styling of the X308 remained similar to its predecessor, the X300 with some minor refinements. The biggest change in the appearance was the switch to a stylistically rounded design for all of the exterior lights, indicators and interior trim and fittings, including information displays and switches. The interior was also updated to eliminate the rectangular instrument binnacle which had gone largely unchanged since the original XJ40 (an XJ6 model from the late 80's); instead, three large gauges were set into recesses in the walnut-faced dashboard in front of the driver similar in design to the recently launched Jaguar XK, itself a replacement for the aging XJS coupe model.
Powered initially by a 240 bhp 3.2 litre variant of the new AJ-V8 engine, the new XJ8 offered both pace, grace and reasonably good economy and later during the 5 year production run the engine range would be enhanced further with a 4.0 litre normally aspirated model or the mind-bending 370 bhp 4.0 litre Supercharged V8, with all cars being fitted with a five-speed automatic gearbox.
Delivered through Weybridge Automobiles, Jaguar dealership, to Mr Strangeway on the 26th June 1998, this fabulous XJ8 3.2 litre has had just 1 owner and has lead a wonderfully cossetted life, to date covering just 54,500 miles from new. Finished in Sherwood Green metallic with complimentary Cashmere Leather and matching over-mats she comes with all the usual Jaguar refinements, electric windows / mirrors, electrochromic rear-view mirror, air-conditioning, height / rake multi-function steering wheel, electric adjustable seats / lumber support, lashings of leather and features wonderful wood veneer fascias to the dash and door cappings. A visual inspection of the car, confirms her condition is consummate with her genuine low mileage. All the factory panels are straight with only light aged related marks visible. All the trim, chrome, lens and rubbers are in excellent condition and it's great to see she still carrys all her original supplying dealer number plates etc.
The interior too remains wonderfully fresh. The leather, supple and sumptuous is free from any scuffs and colour fade, the carpets are nigh-on perfect and its reassuring that all the interior electrics etc work just as they did when the car rolled of the Coventry plants production line back in 1998, this XJ8 is still more than capable of offering luxurious transportation; now at a fraction of her accompanying original purchase invoice of £37k.
To find a genuine one owner car is quite a rarity and to come across one with FULL Service Record book, 16 Jaguar Service stamps, with further servicing to date, her full book pack, two keys and along with every MOT from her first (2001) to date (next due May 2020) is almost an impossibility. Needless to say with such a comprehensive service record (invoicing in excess of £10k supporting maintenance etc) this XJ8 really belies her age, she's drives fantastically and is just a wonderful example of how a classic XJ should be, offering poise and panache with a pure classic pedigree.
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I first met Mark & Carl back on 21st Jan this year ('19) when I went to view a Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Sport, a car I had wanted from back when I was a spotty faced 17 year old. This was a real bucket list moment, buying the car of your dreams that you now have the means to make reality.
On meeting the guys from Absolute Classic Cars I had a really good feeling. When I got there the car was on the ramp ready to be poked and probed. Mark told me a little bit about the car, lifted it on the ramp and let me get on with it, just the way I like to look at cars. Any questions I had he was there with the answer but what I really liked was how he and Carl interacted. The honesty was a real change for me from when normally looking at a car. There were a couple of things I picked out and instead of the usual "that's nothing to worry about", I got "we'll get that done before the car goes out", no excuses just simple honest answers and a promise to fix it.
Anyway long story short, I bought the car and had a list of things I wanted done on the car which were all agreed to be done, in the negotiated price, prior to delivery. Every single thing on that list was done to a superb standard, to be honest it exceeded my expectations and more. Today when the car arrived I could not stop grinning from ear to ear. It was a really emotional moment, a dream fulfilled!
In the last 40 years I have never bought the first car I looked at, however this time I made an exception as I was so impressed with both the car and the people. We are so used to getting rubbish service and substandard misdescribed cars from the motor trade and I found that I was caught a little offguard here which took me a while to get to grips with .... but all in a very nice way.
What makes Absolute Classic Cars different is they care, are honest, knowledgeable and nothing is a problem, big or small. They want you to have the car you want to buy, not the car they necessarily have for sale. I don't think I've ever met two people in the motor trade less interested in pressurising you into buying, they'd rather not sell you the car if it's not 100% the car you want to buy.
From that first meeting to delivery today it has been a fantastic experience. This whole process has been an absolute pleasure, not the normal chore car buying turns into, I would and will be recommending Absolute Classic Cars to anyone that wants a classic car.
Mr Staton, London