2001 JAGUAR XJR 100View vehicle description
This car has now been re-listed at NO RESERVE and will sell to the highest bidder.
Built between 1997 and 2003, the X308 binned the straight-six and V12 engines we’d grown to know and love, ushering in the all-new 3.2-litre and 4.0-litre AJ-V8 engines instead, both mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox.
The styling was a development of the traditional XJ three-box shape, albeit brought bang up-to-date. This meant the return of four round headlamps set under cowls into a wonderfully low-slung bonnet plus the low roofline, wrap-around rear lights and the long, sloping boot lid that give Jaguars and Daimlers their distinctive profile.
The interior followed the exterior in ditching the outgoing XJ40’s design, too. Three, deep-dish dials ape the design of headlamps, and the passenger once again has access to a glovebox, something that had (bizarrely) disappeared during Jaguar’s barren XJ40 years.
Powered by either a 3.2-litre V8 engine with 240bhp and 233lb/ft of torque or a 4.0-litre with 290bhp and 290lb/ft, speed freaks for whom too much is never enough can opt for the 4.0-litre supercharged version you see here.
With a whopping 370bhp and 387lb/ft the force-fed engine propels the Jaguar/Daimler to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph after passing 60mph in just over five seconds – and while it is true that the automatic gearbox and absence of a limited-slip differential means the cars are more cossetting grand tourers than sharp-edged sportscars, there are few nicer and more luxurious ways to experience warp-speed mid-range acceleration.
Jeremy Clarkson said that the X308 is "faster, in the real world, than a Ferrari F355... [the] fastest saloon I've ever seen.”
The stuff of urban legends, they’re still a hugely desirable modern classic, which is why we’re so pleased to be able to offer this one for your consideration.
Finished in the wonderfully menacing Anthracite Black with a Charcoal leather interior, this 2001 specimen is one of only 500 XJR100 cars built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Sir William Lyons’ birth.
In addition to the colour scheme you see here, the XJR100 also features red contrast stitching to the hide interior, birdseye maple veneer trim, a leather-covered steering wheel and Momo gear knob, plus upgraded Brembo brakes snugged inside 19-inch BBS Montreal alloy wheels.
Believed to be one of just 89 for the UK and Ireland market and one of only two in Ireland, it was first registered in the UK and is still showing just 73,000 miles on the clock.
The owner is a long-time Jaguar fan and tells us he’s heartbroken to be selling it, something that a downsized garage is forcing.
On the Outside
Colours like this are the most unforgiving of all, highlighting every single imperfection more ruthlessly than Simon Cowell with a hangover.
And yet, as appears from the images, few shades are more flattering when the panels are as good; with straight flanks and tight, consistent shutlines, this XJR shines in every sense of the word.
The Anthracite Black paintwork appears good and it gives the Jaguar a low-key menace to back up its staggering performance while still being discreet enough for you to be able to take your dear mum out for Sunday lunch without frightening the old girl.
The chromework might be limited but what there is appears very good – and don’t you just love the two huge chrome tailpipes peeking out from under the rear bumper?
The metal sunroof, which slides fore and aft at the touch of a button, is excellent, sealing tightly and operating as it should.
The BBS alloy wheels are in a fine condition with no signs of kerbing or other damage thanks to having been recently refurbished. Even better news comes with the realisation that they’re shod with matching Pirelli P-Zero tyres, all of which are new.
We will never get tired of telling you that matching high-quality tyres are an infallible sign of a caring and mechanically sympathetic owner who is prepared to spend the appropriate amount in maintaining their car properly. Their presence does not, of course, preclude the need for a thorough inspection - something the vendor would welcome, by the way – but it does perhaps give you a shortcut into their attitude towards maintenance.
Flaws? Well, apart from the usual small stonechips and scratches every car collects along the way, a few of the bolts on the alloy wheels are rusty (i.e. #6 and #9), there are two chips in the windscreen (#134), there’s a small dink in the door frame (#77), some peeling lacquer on the bonnet (#130) and missing paint (#211), some corrosion starting to break out (#206), a scratch on the offside front wing (#229), and an indentation on the nearside front wing (#92).
On the Inside
The black leather seats, with their distinctive red stitching, appear in fine fettle and have only gained light cracking in the 21 years they’ve been fitted.
The rear seats are heated, just like those up front, and they have sunblinds fitted behind them too, which means all four seasons can be taken care of.
The sill plates, confirming the car’s status as one of the limited-edition XJR 100 models, are present and correct, as are the Momo gear knob and leather-rimmed steering wheel, both of which have the same red contrast stitching as the seats and door cards. There’s also a decal on the veneer above the glovebox.
The headlining is clean, and the door cards and carpets are all good, as is the birdseye maple veneer.
There’s a period Jaguar-branded Motorola car phone in the centre armrest. It works too, accepting the PIN so if you’re handy with that kind of thing you might even be able to coax into making a call.
The boot is as clean as it is capacious, and it’s home to a space-saver spare wheel, warning triangle, and first-aid kit.
Work that needs doing is minimal. The centre seam on the base of the driver’s seat is easing open (#53), there are some marks on the front passenger seat (#112), the offside front speaker grille is cracked (#110), and the rear of the headlining is coming loose (#118 and #176), a very common issue for Jaguars of this era.
If it were ours, we’d sort the headlining and not worry too much about the rest.
As you can see, it starts beautifully and ticks over as it should. We obviously haven’t been able to drive it as it’s in Dublin but the vendor reports that it drives well, and is “very, very fast” and “an absolute sweety”.
The engine bay is very clean and a credit to those who’ve been looking after it over the years.
The Jaguar’s NCT certificate (the Irish equivalent of the UK MoT) is valid until the 18th of November 2022 but the vendor says he’ll be putting a new one on it.
First registered in the United Kingdom with the registration number EO51 ZXR, the DVSA’s online MoT history does show one MoT having taken place here in 2005, so if you wanted to bring it back, re-registering it should be straightforward.
The Jaguar comes with one key and the book pack plus a couple of historic servicing invoices.
NB: It is registered as a Cat D insurance write-off, something the owner is at a loss to explain as he purchased the car after the incident occurred.
What We Think
The seller is in Dublin should you want to take a look before bidding, and he’s a lovely chap and would, no doubt, do all he can to make your flying visit as painless as possible.
As for the car itself, it’s a slice of supercharged British history and the sort of thing we’ll probably never see offered again thanks to the ever-strident demands of modern emissions regulations.
In a good condition but with room for improvement should the new owner want to maximize its investment potential, we estimate it’s going to fetch somewhere between €10,000 and €15,000, and it's No Reserve!.
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