1998 Jaguar XKR 4.0 Litre V8 Supercharged Coupe. Mileage: 95,000
Saphire Blue with Ivory leather.

The XKR was produced from May 1998 so this is one of the earliest batch out of the 9,811 coupe’s produced.
Fitted with a state-of-the-art (for the time) Motorola Startac flip phone allegedly a £1500 option.
Optional Harman Kardon sound system plus all the usual ‘R’ spec options.
Road tax £295 for this model year. Later cars are in a higher bracket.

Purchased as a company car and issued with the registration S33 XKR on 23rd September 1998.
The registration stays with the car as part of the heritage.
I am the third owner purchased with 85k on the clock in March 2016.

The engine was replaced by Jaguar in 2006 at 68k presumably due to Nikasil issues and has the later steel timing chain tensioners.

2016 - Entire underside cleaned, stonechipped and treated with Dinitrol. All cavities, inner floorpan and doors Dinitrol coated.
Headlining replaced.
Rear view mirror glass replaced with correct auto-dipping glass. Centre console illumination bulbs all replaced. New battery.

2017 - New Toyo tyres all round. Spare key & fob procured & coded. Door lock rebuilt.

2019 - Main beam headlamps, purge valve, security sounder all replaced. Rear brake discs & pads along with handbrake shoes and springs replaced. Brake fluid flush. Oil & filter change.
Coolant valley pipe (under supercharger) replaced as it has been known to fail. While the supercharger was off it was rebuilt by Powerhouse Automotive with a new OE sprung coupler. New idler pulley bearing & belt. New coolant reservoir & G30 coolant.

2021 – Rebuilt standard front brake calipers, new Mintex discs & Hawk HPS pads.
Rebuilt gearbox fitted at 90,984 miles at a cost of £3000.

Known faults: One of the dash illumination bulbs needs to be replaced.
Both powerfold mirrors are intermittent in returning to their correct positions. Auto-dimming & heated glasses work as intended.

For a big car it is quite ‘chuckable’ with the CATS suspension and is also a superlative long-distance cruiser. Has a big boot – I can get my bike in it with a bit of dismantling.
I need to prune my car collection, otherwise I would be keeping it.

When you have looked at a few cheap XK8’s and realised how rusty they can get, it’s worth spending a bit more.