'Kermit', a recently recommissioned 2002 4.0L Jaguar XK8. 109657 miles. Originally silver, but given a professional respray into "Light British Racing Green" according to the paint match done on the car. Driven to the MOT station from its place of hibernation, Kermit passed with only minor advisories, most regarding rust on the discs, the thousand plus miles driven since has cleaned them up beautifully, while providing lots of smiles per mile along the way. Kermit drives beautifully whilst cosseting you in the supple and supportive black leather seats, whilst surrounding you with birds eye maple, more leather and a walnut steering wheel and gear knob. The engine makes a glorious V8 noise, pulls like a train and pressing the Sport button transforms the car from refined grand tourer to rip-your-face-off sports car.

Now for the technical description: It has the AJ27 engine, which addressed the issues of the AJ26 including the removal of the Nikasil liners, so no need to worry about engine reliability. It comes with an extensive mostly Jaguar and Jaguar independent service history, backed up with a thick stack of invoices, I got bored adding up the total spent on the car but it's tens of thousands of pounds. The last owner spent over £2400 on a service from Nene Jaguar before it was laid up! "No expense spared" certainly true in this case. Mechanically, the car is spot on, the MOT advisories have been addressed, the discs cleaned up, the brake lines were covered in grease to protect them and the ferrule responded to a good stiff wire brushing and is also now covered in grease. The suspension works as it should, no creaks or rattles and gives a superb ride. A matching set of 4 Dunlop SP sport tyres were fitted just before the car was laid up and have covered approximately 1400 miles since. The flute 18 inch alloys are is very good condition with two having minor rubbing marks which are almost invisible. The paintwork is in excellent overall condition with some stone chipping to the bonnet that has been touched in and the paint has been rubbed through by the car cover it was stored under in a couple of places. Most importantly, Kermit is rust free - no crumbling arches and sills and floor plans here, unlike many X100 XK8s for sale. There is some wear to the drivers seat bolster, but otherwise the cabin looks like new and everything works - including the cd changer. A great entry level XK8 - (probably) the best XK8 on sale at its price point.

Code 3 Motors Ltd, Scarborough. Trade Advert - with a substantial donation promised to support the Forum, if this ad results in a sale. Further background on this car, and others, can be found on our X100 thread: