1993 Jaguar XJ220

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At a Glance
  • Seller
  • Mouse13
  • Location
  • Chicago, IL
  • Vehicle Make/Model
  • JAGUAR XJ220
  • Vin No.
  • SAJJEAEX8AX220797
  • Exterior
  • Monza Red
  • Interior
  • Sand
  • Mileage
  • 2,921 kilometers
  • Engine
  • 3.5-Liter, 24-Valve, Twin-Turbo DOHC V-6
  • Transaxle
  • 5-Speed Manual Transaxle
  • Suspension
  • 4-Wheel Independent Suspension
  • Brakes
  • 4-Wheel, 4-Piston Ventilated Disc Brakes

1993 Jaguar XJ220

Born from the legendary British automaker’s rich racing heritage, the Jaguar XJ220 was a technological tour-de-force that seemingly emerged from nowhere. A stunning concept vehicle first revealed at the 1988 British Auto Show, the automotive world was shocked when just a year later Jaguar announced a limited manufacturing run of what would become the world’s fastest production car. 

Just as Jaguar’s XK120, XK140 and XK150 nomenclature hinted at their suggested top speed, so too would the XJ220 dare to imply that the new supercar could ably exceed the two-ton mark– a stratospheric claim for any car in the early 1990s. Slated for a run of only 350 units, over 1500 advance orders poured in within 48 hours. Certain A-list customers went to the top of the ledger, such as Sir Elton John and the Sultan of Brunei.

The XJ220 concept was the brainchild of Jaguar’s Jim Randle, who handed the project off to JaguarSport to become reality. It quickly became clear that to achieve the XJ220’s lofty performance goals, a ground-up design of the entire car needed to occur, introducing everything from new tire technology to advanced aluminum monocoque construction techniques.

The XJ220 utilized the 3.5-liter, twin-turbo, 24-valve DOHC V-6 engine developed for the Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-11 sports racing car.  A derivative engine had successfully competed in the North American IMSA race series in the XJR-16, with six wins in 1991 and three wins in 1992. Mounted midship and featuring a Zytek electronic fuel injection system and 8.3:1 compression, the engine made an astounding 542 bhp at 7,000 rpm on premium unleaded fuel. 3-way catalytic converters with lambda sensors made the XJ220 emission compliant in the European Union.

The chassis utilized cutting-edge aerospace technology developed by Alcan to fashion an aluminum-honeycomb monocoque which was stronger and stiffer than welded fabrications. A steel roll cage was incorporated into the design, with the external body panels also formed from pressed aluminum. High-strength composites formed the aerofoil, venturi tunnels, front splitter and louvers. Tinted and laminated glass windshield and roof panels were flush glazed using the latest curvature glass technology.

Though brimming with innovation, the XJ220 did not overlook traditional creature comforts. Typical Jaguar appointments included extensive leather throughout the cabin, and black-and-white analog gauge faces in a comprehensive array. Air conditioning, electric windows, central locking, a multi-position adjustable steering wheel and a state-of-the-art Alpine sound system were all included as standard equipment.

While undeniably sleek in appearance, much more was at work with the XJ220’s advanced aerodynamic profile. The front splitter and aerofoil efficiently managed the over-body airflow, while underbody venturi tunnels created a powerful vacuum effect beneath the car, resulting in a combined downforce of over 600 pounds at 200 mph, lending the XJ220 extraordinary adhesion and roadholding traits. All of which was brought to bear when on May of 1991 a prototype XJ220 achieved 212.3 mph during hot-climate durability testing in Fort Stockton, Texas. 

As was the case of so many lust-worthy European supercars, the XJ220 was never officially imported into the United States. Still, diehard enthusiasts found their way through the federal DOT bureaucracy to enjoy the XJ220’s forbidden fruit, as in the case of the example featured here.

#237 of the eventual 281 XJ220’s produced was reportedly constructed on January 28, 1993, in the striking scheme of Monza Red over Sand leather interior. It was originally delivered to Gilbert Llorens, a South African expat living in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 1, 1993. Mr. Llorens passed before registering the car, and his estate sold the XJ220 to Ted Schroeder. Schroeder reached out to Jaguar North America for help importing #237, and was directed to Sun International Racing in Manhattan Beach, California, a firm known for importing and federalizing cars for the U.S. With their assistance, #237 was granted a “show and display” exemption by the US Department of Transportation on June 11, 2001, and eventually landed in Los Angeles on June 28, 2001. To this day it has never been registered in any country.

This example remains in exceptionally fine and original condition, showing only 2,921 kilometers since new, and includes the original accessories such as the tool kit in leather pouch, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, wheel nut wrench, emergency reflector, owner’s manual and handbooks, service and parts manual, spare keys, floor mats, CD cartridge, computer and harness. Included are copies of the DOT waiver and related documentation.

The XJ220 is a landmark supercar which ushered in a host of technological innovation that’s still being applied to modern cars today. As potent now as the day it was created, and a top-tier collectible that is free to be registered, driven and enjoyed. Rarely offered to the market in such wonderful condition and configuration, this Jaguar XJ220 represents an opportunity to join the A-list of supercar ownership.


A quick walk around this car shows that is in if not pristine then extremely good condition. The Monza Red paint is especially striking and almost changes color with the sun. All body gaps, fit and finish appear to be as new. There is one small paint chip on the passenger side headlight cover that could easily be touched up. All of the wheels are in good condition with only slight blemishes on the wheel nuts themselves. 


The interior of the car is in excellent condition. The Sand leather is clean and extremely well maintained. The dash gauges all appear clean with no visible debris behind the glass. The center console, steering wheel and all the switches appear like new, which is to be expected from a car that only has a little under 3,000 kilometers on the clock. The carpet and sill plates have no visible wear. 

Engine and Drivetrain

The engine bay and drive train is prisitine with all original components and finishes. In recent years this XJ220 has been part of a prominent US car collection, always being maintained in driving condition. 

Documentation and Spares

The sale of this XJ220 includes a full list of original accessories such as the tool kit in leather pouch, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, wheel nut wrench, emergency reflector, owner’s manual and handbooks, service and parts manual, spare keys, floor mats, and CD cartridge. More notably, this XJ220 comes with the diagnostic laptop and adapter for engine management.

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