Jaguar didn't certify the XJ220 for use on American roads, but this owner did - and now the car is up for grabs.
Jaguar may have canceled the development of the C-X75 project, much to our dismay. But that doesn't mean that there aren't supercars from Coventry out there. Automotive history buffs and supercar enthusiasts alike will likely recall the XJ220, a rare mid-engined supercar built by Jaguar in the early 90s. Powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, the XJ220 may not have had the cylinder count of its V12 rivals, but it still delivered the goods.
Its 542 horsepower was capable of propelling the svelte feline to a top speed of 217 mph, making it the fastest car on the road - until the McLaren came along a couple of years later, anyway. Ultimately Jaguar Sport and its partner Tom Walkinshaw Racing only built 281 examples of the XJ220 (despite 1,200 deposits taken before production even started), and now one is up for auction. Painted a deep metallic blue with a gray leather interior, this XJ220 was modified after production for US road certification - something Jaguar itself did not undertake - making it one of only a few street-legal XJ220s in America.
It also has fewer than 2,000 miles on the odometer and underwent a comprehensive full service just a few years ago, making this particular example, in the near-new condition that it is, highly desirable for supercar collectors. As such, it's expected to fetch around $200,000 (give or take $25k) when the gavel drops next month in Arizona. (Photos by Jaci Clark courtesy of RM Auctions.)