Red tape

New Zealand Classic Car - - Fea­ture -

Get­ting the XJ220 reg­is­tered for New Zealand roads wasn’t all plain sail­ing. It was stuck at the funny ado­les­cent stage as far as im­port reg­u­la­tions go — it wasn’t old enough to be con­sid­ered a clas­sic or new enough to meet emis­sions and frontal-im­pact stan­dards. Af­ter sev­eral months of argy-bargy with the pow­ers that be within New Zealand bu­reau­cracy, the XJ220 fi­nally had a num­ber plate, the first it had ever worn, as its UK owner had never man­aged to make it to the post of­fice. This ob­vi­ously meant that the mileage was still low. Very low. Even at time of pub­li­ca­tion, this par­tic­u­lar XJ220 still has fewer than 1000 miles (1609km) on the clock from new — and it shows. Al­though Don Law did spend some time giv­ing it a once-over when it was in his pos­ses­sion, the car re­mains in orig­i­nal con­di­tion, and even sports the orig­i­nal bat­tery (which wasn’t par­tic­u­larly kind fol­low­ing a long photo shoot in our stu­dio, al­though I reckon push-start­ing an XJ220 is some­thing not ev­ery mo­tor­ing writer gets to do) and orig­i­nal tyres. The car is in pris­tine con­di­tion and gets rolled out for the oc­ca­sional show or Jaguar car club event. Oth­er­wise, the XJ lives a charmed life along­side a few of the owner’s fleet of other clas­sics and mod­erns. While it is claimed that this is the only XJ220 in the coun­try, we have heard ru­mours there is an­other squir­relled away some­where. We’re al­ways open to a chat, if some­one has the in­side scoop on this?

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