If you have a lazy half-mill you don’t quite know what to do with at the moment, you could do worse than drop it in Birmingham UK on the weekend.
There, at the Silverstone Auction NEC Classic Motor Car Sale, you’ll find a ‘near-new’ 1994 Jaguar XJ 220 under the hammer.
As rare as, and originally sold to the Brunei Royal family, it has covered only 6000 miles (10,000 kilometres) since new. In fact, before being repatriated to the UK in 2002 it had travelled just 1412 miles, suggesting it may have been a forgotten toy.
Built at a time when Jaguar could barely do anything right, this immense, and immensely expensive, mind-bending car stole the limelight at International Motor Shows everywhere.
Originally conceived with a fuel-injected 48-valve V12 and 4WD, production models – and only 281 were built – had a potent Group C V6 shoehorned in behind the two-seat cabin. Top speed was a claimed 334km/h.
According to the current owner, “...the driving experience of this car can only be described as totally addictive.” (That would seem to be “an addiction” well under control if the odometer is to be believed.)
Silverstone Auctions expects the big Jag to fetch more than 200,000 British pounds, or AUD$366,000.
But don’t stop there: Silverstone also has a Bentley Type R Continental Fastback in the catalogue with a ‘guiding’ price above 800,000 pounds (or AUD$1.5million).
You’ll also find the usual assortment – no classic auction is complete without an XK jag or two, a brace of Porsche, Healeys, Alfas and De Tomasos.
If you’d like a look at the catalogue, you can find it here (website opens in new window).