Lot 296: Jaguar XJR 3.6 Sport
The first Jaguar XJ was launched in 1968 and the designation has been used for successive Jaguar flagship models ever since; the original model was the last Jaguar saloon to have had the input of Sir William Lyons, the company's founder. The intended replacement for the XJ Series was code-named 'XJ40', and development on the all-new car began in the early 1970's (with small scale models being built as early as 1972.) The project suffered a number of delays due to problems at parent company British Leyland, and the XJ40 was finally introduced in 1986 at the British Motor Show. With the XJ40, Jaguar began to place more emphasis on build quality as well as simplification of the XJ's build process. With 25% fewer body panel pressings versus the Series XJ, the new process also saved weight, increased the stiffness of the chassis and reduced cabin noise. 1988 saw the first joint project between Tom Walkinshaw (TWR) and Jaguar Cars; the resulting vehicle was badged as the XJR 3.6. The modifications were to the exterior, interior, with some modifications mechanically; namely suspension, wheels/tyres, steering and a limited slip differential. The car also featured quad style halogen headlamps. This splendid example of a Jaguar Sport XJR 3.6 was first registered on 1st August 1989 and has covered 76,000 miles since. The coachwork is finished in Alpine Green with contrasting magnolia leather and, although the vendor is reluctant to sell his XJR, a Jaguar enthusiast will certainly appreciate what a rare model this is. Benefitting from a full service history, this early edition of a Jaguar Sport will surely allow the new owner to enjoy many miles of happy motoring in such a modern classic.
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