Launched in 1997 the XJ8 replaced the XJ6 series and initially featured either a 3.2 or 4.0 litre V8 engine. They were luxurious, comfortable, refined, well equipped and well built, with the Sport model receiving stiffer suspension and wider wheels.
Jaguars have always been a class act, and the XJ8 was no exception, using plenty of walnut and leather on the inside and on the outside maintaining that classic Jaguar look.
This 1999 one-owner well cared for, and relatively little used, Jaguar has been a one owner car since new (as registered on V5 with zero former keepers) and has been a London car since birth. It has been used for wafting to and from the office in Central London and the odd occasional trip to France and Spain.
It has been kept in a dry heated stored garage and away from bad weather and always taken out only on sunny days (where possible)
The all-important full Jaguar service history also shows that back in 2000, the original Nikasil lined engine, with the design and manufacturing flaw of plastic parts used within the engine breaking, was replaced with a brand new steel liner engine from Jaguar, which this time used metal parts.
The V5 shows no previous keepers, and the car comes with a MOT with over 11 months remaining.
All the original Owner’s Guides and Manuals are present along with the certificate confirming the new engine, the well-stamped Service book, two keys and radio codes.
There are a few other receipts, the key for the locking wheel nuts and there is a full size spare wheel
There is plenty of luxury and room to be found inside and the Oatmeal leather interior is in lovely original condition with almost zero use in the back seats and the front with zero creasing or wear in the front seats, the bolsters in the front seats are almost near new condition as with many XJ's they can often wear the hardest. The interior leather is in excellent Condition. There’s plenty of wood around you too, all of which is in very nice, clean and original.
The well-equipped and very comfortable cabin has air conditioning, a sunroof, and all the usual XJ Series refinements and, other than some staining of the centre console around the gear shift, a lightly worn leather gear lever and some slight sagging of the headlining in the back, is in great overall condition.
Finished in the lovely colour of Sapphire Blue (Jaguar colour code 1806/JHE Sapphire Blue Metallic) the car looks good overall, sitting nice and squarely with no major flaw to be seen. There are a number of pictures that show a whitish residue on some of the paintwork and some of the black trim such as the rubber sills on the door handles and other trims that are rubber and black plastic - this is not to raise any questions but it is residue from the hand polish prior to the photoshoot. This should wash away with a good hand shampoo or a wash.
Get a bit closer and there are some small dents here and there, one on the rear offside panel, the offside front wing and there are also some small scratches and a few badly touched-in patches to be found.
There is no rust to be seen on any of the arches, including the rear window frames - which is a common rust area for these XJ's. The arches have been regularly cleared after every drive to avoid the build up of dirt on the inside of the arches which can cause the rust.
The rear window frames (left and right) have also regularly been Vaseline lined and greased to keep the water and any form of liquid that could potentially cause any rust in that area. It is safe to say that this machine does not have any rust in any of the common areas for the XJ. The rubber seals could do with some freshening up along with various pieces of black trim.
The left rear light lens has a crack and there is also a small dent on the front left wing just at the front by the headlight. The wheels are showing some minor scuffs but are otherwise damage free.
The full-service history and a look under the bonnet should re-assure most that all is well in that department and there is certainly nothing obvious to make anyone think otherwise.
A Jaguar saloon with a V8 engine and all the style and elegance that comes with it should make this a hard car not to go for.
The full Jaguar service history and overall fine condition and low mileage of this car should certainly help you make that decision.
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