Lot 022: Jaguar XKR Convertible
The XKR is a devastatingly rapid car cross-country. In the dry it's got more than enough pure grip for most drivers and astounding traction. Add in terrific seats, a superb steering wheel and great looks inside and out and it has enough appeal to justify its �60k price tag. The XK range of coupes and convertibles saw their public debut at the Geneva Motorshow in 1996 and certainly impressed the writers on Evo magazine.
A direct replacement for the XJS, the new car used a substantially updated chassis shared with its cousin the Aston Martin DB7. The standard XK8 was fitted with a normally aspirated 4-litre at 290bhp, whilst the XKR added a supercharger to boost power to a mighty 370bhp. The new car used the second generation Jaguar IRS rear axle, which incorporated rubber mountings to reduce NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness), a single spring per side instead of the previous twin spring layout and moved the brakes from the inboard position to the ends of the axle to facilitate better cooling and maintenance.
This system certainly worked effectively, giving the car more than enough handling capability to cope with the Supercharger's 370bhp and prodigious torque. Electronically limited to 155mph, 0 60mph took just 5.5 seconds.
First registered in April 1999, this particular XKR Convertible looks superb in silver with a cream leather interior and has clearly led a very cossetted life. Supplied new by Evans Halshaw Birmingham, it has covered only 78,000 miles with a full service history comprising nine stamps to date, the last just 200 miles ago which included a full brake overhaul with new front discs and two new tyres. Said to drive beautifully it comes with two sets of keys, virtually all old MOTs and is currently MOTd until August.and taxed until next February.
These XK Jaguars represent fantastic value, being far cheaper than their DB7 cousins and just as capable. Built at a time when Jaguar quality was very much on the ascendancy, they offer supercar looks and performance at hatchback prices.
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Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
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|Registration number||T539 JVP|
|Engine capacity (cc)||3996|
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|Number of doors||2|