Being launched in March 1996 and being first registered in November 1996, makes this beautiful “big cat” one of the first of the breed.
Still with only 87k on the clock and a history to back it up, that lovely 4.0l V8 under its long bonnet (The XK being the first in Jaguars range to receive the new AJ8 motor) is as sweet today as the day it was built and if you are reading this you will know how good these engines are and don’t need me to say much more. The automatic gearbox with its “semi-automatic” mode functions smoothly and all the other mechanics operate correctly.
Inside is what you expect from a Jag. Acres of leather and wood faced dash, with all the toys of the time, but not in your face, classy. These cars do not shout at you from the roof tops just get on with the job. Making them not only an excellent GT car but a classic Jaguar that you can live with on a daily basis.
Overall condition is very very good but it is now 22 years old and there is some slight wear evident on the driver’s seat bolster. While outside if you look closely, signs of some paint rectification taking place over the years. But nothing to detract from its overall appearance and not rusty.
Coming to us next week, when we can update its history etc once we have it in hand, but MOTd until Feb.2019. With prices for these varying anywhere between £2000 and £10,000 plus the current owner that has asked us to sell it for him, feels he has set the price fairly to allow for its condition, not mint but certainly one of the nicest early examples available today.
PS. Just remembered, there is some slight delamination beginning on the lower r/h corner of the windscreen (looks to be the original) and while this never bothered him, he wanted to point this out to prospective buyers.