• Jul 14th 2006 at 2:05PM
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Remember the good old days when producing a supercar that could break 200 mph took effort and determination? It was a time when the Ferrari F40 could barely muster the momentum for a 201 mph top speed, while the Lamborghini Diablo crested the magic mark with a top speed of just 202 mph. Then came the Jaguar XJ220, so named for its target top speed of 220 mph. Unfortunately the moniker was a bit optimistic, as the XJ220's fastest recorded top end is reportedly 217 mph, although I only remember one particular buff book that pushed it to 211 mph.

The XJ220 was somewhat of an anomaly with its twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produced a prodigious amount of power: about 530 hp at 7,000 rpm. That's a big number in today's terms; it was unimaginable in a streetcar back in 1992.

So hear it is, the object of my adolescent automotive affections up on eBay. The starting bid was for $20. I hung onto hope until it passed $50,000... sigh. It's at $102,800.00 with about two days left. Anybody want to go halvsies with me?

Thanks for the tip, omar!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Download Ashampoo clipfinder and type in Jaguar XJ220 and enjoy..
      • 9 Years Ago
      2500 miles is the "show and display" annual mileage limit.

      I guess if you always wanted one and have more money than you know what to do with, it might be your car.

      Realistically, you can tune any number of brand new cars that will be 100% legal and smoke that poor old bird for under $130K. In fact, several under $100K.

      I've never found 220s to be any more visually exciting than a Lotus Esprit. But, hey, that's just me.

      Personally, if I want an old sports car from my childhood to be 'seen' - it'll be a tuned Muira SV.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hah.. The guy selling this car lives close to me. He's one of the BIGGEST CROOKS in the world. He and his parents and probably his parents' parents made their "money" in insurance fraud. They used to own a towing service and (non-autorized) Ferrari shop where once your car got towed there they would instantly start taking it apart. Once you found out and protested, they would put a mechanic's lien against it saying you told them to start working on it. Read his feedback, it's pretty obvious. Sorry John, Karma's a bitch. ;)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Nice oil stains on the driveway…or is it from the rickety old Range in the background?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Reminds of the Top Gear segment where they compared the supercars of 10 years ago to the supercars of today...and the old supercars were better.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Anybody else remember Crash Masters...I mean, Fast Masters? A PR stunt that got a bunch of old racers together in "specially prepared" 220s and raced them on some infield road courses. It was an unmitigated disaster. The drivers must not have had any seat time before they started racing, and since they were mostly old NASCAR guys they weren't used to the dynamics of a midengined (oversteering) turbocharged (lag then BAM, everything) exotic. Crashes galore, and a bunch of Jaguar PR folks getting fired for such a stupid idea.

      Fun to watch, though.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Some day people will learn how ebay works and what "reserve not met" means.
      • 9 Years Ago
      ["and the old supercars were better."

      Huh? By what metric?]

      No traction control. No ABS. No government nanny controls dictating how the car should work and [partially] how it should look.

      In an older supercar, it's just you and the car. It's you telling the car what to do; not asking the car what you're "allowed" to do.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Before the " Nanny Society " of health and Saftey took ocer
      • 9 Years Ago
      There is a guy near me that daily drives one, it looks sweet on the road all I can say, the length of this car makes it really stand out even near Newport Beach CA witht the plethora of Italian ladies and 911's.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I can't imagine driving it but I sure WOULDN'T mind looking at it every day though...

      I also can't imagine how impractical it would be to do anything, like parallel park it! But damn, how hot it looks.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I've seen the episodes, and most of them were not "supercars". Just sports cars. For example, the 300ZX Twin Turbo was a little faster then the current 350Z.

      Safety and emissions kit weighs a lot, basically. You have more power now, but more metal and computers to lug around. Of course, when you crash it, you just might live. :)
      • 9 Years Ago
      I remember that one, the wipers lift off at 150mph, don't the McLaren SLR wipers work up to 200mph.

      Special feature of old supercars, Air brake headlights.

      Should have been a V12, wasn't that 217 at Nardo.

      220 could have been done in a straight line at Ehra-Lessien.
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