Lot 40 (The Pavilion Gardens, 31st October 2012)
Registration No: EY03JZH
Chassis No: SAJAC41R233A33346
Mot Expiry: May 2013
The sleek-looking Jaguar XK8 first broke cover at the 1996 Geneva Salon as a replacement for the ageing XJS. Designed in-house by Geoff Lawson, the newcomer (in common with the Aston Martin DB7) was based on a much modified XJS platform - the changes to which included the adoption of XJ40-type independent rear suspension. The standard version of the XK8 was powered by a 290bhp normally-aspirated version of the company's AJ26 V8 engine, and for those requiring more performance Jaguar offered a supercharged version, the mighty XKR. Like the XK8, this 370bhp monster was available in closed or open guise and could hit 60mph in a whisker over five seconds and power quickly to the electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.
The rare 2003 Coupe version being offered is apparently well known to the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club and has had four keepers to date. It sports Black bodywork contrasted with Ivory leather upholstery and the impressive specification includes: automatic transmission, heated seats and front and rears screens, and an integral SAT/NAV system. Only used as a weekend car in recent years, it is currently felt by the vendor to be in "good" condition with regard to its engine, automatic transmission, interior trim, bodywork and paintwork and comes complete with an "up-to-date service history (nine stamps)" and MOT valid until May 2013.