Clas­sic Ris­ers

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

Jaguar XJ220

This is one of those ‘once-in-al­ife­time’ clas­sics, in that most will only be able to af­ford it once and there won’t be an­other drive like it on this planet.

Un­veiled at the 1988 British Mo­tor Show as a four-wheel drive V12 racer, the pro­duc­tion car emerged four years later as a rear­wheel-drive V6, pack­ing an en­gine closely re­lated to that of the MG Metro 6R4. It was no wall-flower, though, be­com­ing an early mem­ber of the 200mph club.

There are many road­wor­thy ex­am­ples out there, as seen at the 2017 Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic when 42 took to the track to mark car’s 25th an­niver­sary.

Ri­vals to the XJ220 like the Fer­rari F40 and Porsche 959 will cost £750k and £650k re­spec­tively, so im­me­di­atly prices for Jaguar’s in­fa­mous beast don’t look quite so scary!

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