Sold for £8,438
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: GD53 WGW
Chassis No: SAJAC41P242A39685
MOT: March 2022
Finished in the decidedly handsome combination of Platinum Metallic with Dove Grey leather upholstery, chassis 39685 was supplied new to Simon Forman by Jaguar Lancaster of Sevenoaks on Valentine’s Day 2004. Changing hands twice thereafter before being acquired by the current registered keeper during 2011, the XK8 rides on imposing 19-inch alloy wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero tyres. Obviously much loved, ‘GD53 WGW’ is accompanied by a service book containing stamps at 9,171, 13,784, 18,440, 28,643, 34,969, 40,620, 44,400, 50,584, 57,884, 62,716, 66,851, 71,232, 74,162, 77,899, 82,994 and 84,004 miles. The car’s condition belies its odometer reading. First generation (X100) XK8s are beautiful to look at and lovely to drive but they can rot terribly; a fate that this example appears to have avoided. Describing the Jaguar as being in ‘very good overall’ order with regards to its 4.2 litre V8 engine, automatic transmission, electrical equipment, interior trim, bodywork and paintwork, the vendor sums-up ‘GD53 WGW’ as ‘a superb car, rust free, not many like this one’. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, book pack, two keys and MOT certificate valid until March 2022.
Living up to expectations can be a burden. Consider the handsome Geoff Lawson-penned XK8 that followed in the wheeltracks of such automotive icons as the XK120 and immortal E-type. Like the E-Type before it, the XK8 made its debut at the Geneva Salon - that of 1996 - and, from launch, was available in either Coupe or Convertible guise. Like its immediate predecessor, the XJS, the original XK8 was more of a Grand Tourer than an outright sports car. It also had the distinction of being the first Jaguar to be powered by an eight-cylinder engine. This then, was a Big Cat with strong DNA but also its own distinctive, endearing personality. At the time of the newcomer's unveiling, Jaguar Cars was owned by Ford, as was Aston Martin, and it made sound economic sense for the XK8 and similarly targeted DB7 to share the same platform; which itself was derived from that of the outgoing XJS. The biggest of many differences between new and old, was the adoption of Jaguar's second generation independent rear suspension system, previously found on the XJ40 Saloon. Prior to 2003, power came from either a normally aspirated (XK8) or supercharged (XKR) 4.0-litre version of the company's DOHC V8 AJ26 engine. From 2003 to the end of production in 2006, the 4.2-litre AJ34 unit was employed. In each case, the engine was allied to either a five or six-speed (from 1997 onwards) automatic transmission.
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