2000 Jaguar XJ8 3.2 - Auto
The automotive landscape is changing, there are iconic models that are being laid to rest, and manufacturers as they push towards a more efficient and clean landscape are moving more and more towards hybrid and sustainable power plants. Jaguar themselves are moving away from petrol too.
But, it's not all doom and gloom. There are still plenty of opportunities to own iconic hits from Jaguar’s back catalogue. Turn back the clock to 1997, and you’re standing on the forecourt of your local Jaguar dealer, there in front of you is the new X308 XJ.
Whilst the X308, is a further development of the X300, it offered buyers a significant set of upgrades. The earlier car’s six and twelve-cylinder engines are out. Replaced with an all new V8. The AJV8. Available in 3.2L, 4.0L and in a supercharged capacity, the AJ platform of engine remains in production today, with V8 models being used in cars like the Range Rover, and Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
This particular example is an XJ8 3.2 Sovereign, and fit for a sovereign it is. On the exterior, you’ll find it's finished in a deep shade of Jaguar Carnival Red. The exterior is in overall solid shape, and despite its age, this big cat would look as at home in Harrow as it would be parked outside Harrods. Its 18” alloys present in great condition and the whole exterior package is finished off with a collection of brightwork. Whilst there is no structural corrosion, there is a small amount of surface corrosion starting on the leading edge of the off-side-rear wheel arch. This kind of marks are of course to be expected of a vehicle nearing 25 years old.
Step inside and you’re greeted by what must be a whole cow’s worth of leather, and then a whole tree's worth of wood. The two-tone light grey interior is in overall decent shape, though there is wear to the bolster on the driver's seat, and to the steering wheel. There are electric seats, cruise control, and a working original radio. Glance at the dashboard and you’ll notice that this car has covered just 87,000 miles. Whilst the interior is in overall great shape, this car does suffer from a very common Jaguar problem, of a slightly sagging headliner, thankfully with no rips or stains, this should be an easy issue to resolve.
Under the bonnet, you’ll find the aforementioned 3.2L AJV8 mated to an automatic transmission, a reliable pairing that runs and drives exactly as it should. Its silky smooth nature makes it the perfect match for the relaxing driving experience offered. Recent records show that the Jag passed its mot with no advisories in December of 2023.
Whilst there are more powerful XJ models available, the Sovereign’s 3.2L V8 makes plenty of power, offering the driver a relaxing, comfortable experience. As these Jaguar’s slowly disappear off our roads, we can’t help but feel this is a great opportunity to own a modern-classic British motoring icon.
As with all our vehicles, a full digital folder is available on request containing more images, walk-around videos, and scans of the service history. This car can also be viewed by appointment at our West London showroom.