2006 JAGUAR XK 4.2 ConvertibleView vehicle description
Did the car enthusiast ever really fall in love with the Jaguar XJ-S? Following on from the breathtakingly gorgeous E-Type, it was neither stunning to look at or especially thrilling to drive. It soldiered on for far too long.
In March 1996, all this was about to change as Jaguar introduced the world to its stunning XK8 at the Geneva Motor Show. It was the company’s first eight-cylinder model since the Daimler 250.
The XK8 shared its platform with none other than the Aston Martin DB7 and was the creation of design director Geoff Lawson. Available as a coupe or convertible with 2+2 seating, in 1998 a more powerful XKR model was introduced.
The cars were originally powered by a 4.0-litre V8 engine, but in 2002 this was enlarged to 4.2-litres. This was now paired with a new ZF six-speed automatic gearbox.
The second generation XK debuted in 2005 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. What a stunner and even better looking than the original if that were possible. Design magic was worked by Ian Callum, one of the best in the business.
The advanced design included a bonded and riveted aluminium chassis shared with the XJ. Wider by a couple of inches and six inches longer than the first gen models, a notable weight saving of 200lbs resulted in improved performance and better fuel economy.
In order to appeal to a younger generation perhaps, wood trim was notable by its absence, though it still remained an option for those who relished the gentleman’s club atmosphere.
Gear shift paddles were fitted to the steering column for the first time, a signal of this XK’s more sporting intent.
The XK is a quick car even by today’s standards with a 0 to 60mph sprint time of less than six seconds. Top speed is a heady 158mph, ideal for a blast down your nearest German autobahn. All plenty fast enough, though that didn’t stop those speed freaks at Jaguar introducing an XKR version in 2007.
A minor facelift in 2011 introduced a new 5.0-litre V8 motor and a few visual changes, the XK finally bowing out of production in 2014 without a successor, worthy or otherwise. Yes, there’s the F-TYPE, but this is more out and out sports car, whereas the XK is more a stylish and luxurious grand tourer.
Grace, space, and pace was the 1960s Jaguar advertising slogan and the XK has all three by the bucket load.
We are delighted to be offering for sale a one owner XK convertible, delivered by Stratstone in Bolton in June 2006.
Resplendent in silver with a black roof and wheels, this subtle specification suits the classy cat rather well. Exceptionally well equipped, you would expect nothing less, a premium sound system, climate-controlled air conditioning, heated memory seats and keyless entry are just some of the highlights.
An impressive service history and recent advisory free MoT test says all you need to know about the owner of this prestigious car, which is just as well as our trade seller cannot enlighten us.
A modern classic, this is a car that can be used every day or tucked away for those special Sunday afternoon drives in the country. The XK is a car that will cosset its occupants, but should the driver be in the mood, a quick prod of the accelerator will see the cat bear its claws and hurtle towards the horizon. Oh, and let us not forget, when the sun doth shine, drop the roof for that exciting wind in the hair feeling. Can’t you just wait for summer?
On the Outside
The liquid silver paintwork adorning the XK is virtually blemish free with just the odd stone chip blotting an otherwise clean sheet. This is a car that has clearly been cared for and no doubt regularly valeted.
The black roof contrasts nicely and although in good order, it does have noticeable crease marks, likely the result of the car being left in a garage for long periods with the roof down. Time, heat and a good clean may well improve it.
Smart ten-spoke black alloy wheels complete the look, and each is shod with a high-performance Accelera tyre, all with plenty of tread. We always like to see matching rubber on the cars we sell, showing as it does attention to detail.
We cannot help admiring the XK’s clean lines, especially with the roof folded. We are sure the great William Lyons would have approved.
On the Inside
Jaguar has always made some of the best interiors and the XK’s is one of their most notable efforts. Heated leather seats up front, as comfortable as your favourite armchair, are the order of the day.
Yes, there are back seats, best for children or for occasional use as space is tight. The black leather is of a high quality and in keeping with the car’s exterior excellence, the condition is first rate. Just a little light creasing, showing careful use. A dab of hide food to keep them soft is all that will be required.
The driving position is excellent, you sit low, hunkered down. The leather clad steering wheel is a delight to hold and let’s not forget the paddles should you feel the need to exercise control over the smooth automatic gearbox. Most will, we suspect, leave it to its own devices.
Satellite navigation will keep you on the straight and narrow and if the sound of the V8 engine is not enough to excite, the premium sound system will offer some aural excitement.
Boot is a generous size, ideal for a touring holiday and the compartment is neat and tidy. Beneath the floor lies the space-saver spare wheel and tool kit.
Can we spot any interior flaws? Well, the rubber seal on the sill of the driver’s door is in poor shape and er… well nothing else of note, though maybe the carpets could do with a quick steam clean.
We always include plenty of pictures of a car’s undersides in our gallery. Other than the expected road dirt, it all looks pretty tip top to us.
Not unexpectedly, the engine compartment too presents well and shows all the hallmarks of careful maintenance having taken place.
We are told the cars drives well, and with less than 60,000 miles covered in sixteen years, that comes as no surprise.
The XK comes complete with its original service book, showing thirteen service stamps from specialists in the Greater Manchester area. The maintenance has been carried out annually, and at regular 4,000 miles intervals.
The last four services were carried out by SP Autos in Bolton with invoices included in the paperwork showing exactly what work was carried out. The last was carried out in June 2021 and included the fitting of two new tyres.
We also note a new battery was fitted in 2020.
The MoT history shows nothing of any consequence and the last test was carried out on 31st December 2021. The Jaguar passed with no advisories.
What We Think
Jaguar has recently announced that it is to be a solely electric car manufacturer by 2025, so gone are the days of fast, elegant coupes and convertibles with V8 firepower.
The XK still looks modern today and is more than capable of keeping up with the very latest batch of sports cars but will also gently waft you along the highways and byways if you are that way inclined.
This one-owner car, which is offered from the trade, has covered a modest mileage and wants for nothing more than a new owner, ready to enjoy a summer of top-down cruising.
We estimate it will sell for between £14,000 and £19,000.
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- Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
- Seller Type: listings/auction-view.Trade
- Odometer Reading: 59500
- Chassis Number: SAJAC44P775B05520
- Engine: 4196
- Gearbox: Auto
- Steering position: Right-hand drive
- Colour: Silver
- Interior: Black leather
- Estimated Price: £14,000 - £19,000