When it comes to the X100 Jaguar XK8, we flit between saying it’s aged poorly and is looking better than ever… although this is largely down to the specification of individual cars. Either way, the £13,800 that this 1997 XK8 made at Brightwells Classic & Vintage Sale in July is not to be sniffed at.
“As a copy V5C on file confirms, this convertible XK8 was first registered in May 1997 to the Royal Household of Saudi Arabia and was used by one of the Princes in Belgravia before he took the car abroad when posted to Switzerland as a diplomat.
Originally supplied in Phoenix Red, it was repainted black to better suit the Prince’s government role abroad, as confirmed in correspondence on file. The respray was carried out to a high standard and, bar looking under the boot floor and in the depths of the engine bay, one would never know.
The vehicle then returned to Belgravia where it was stored by the Royal household for 12 years until being acquired by our vendor in September 2011. This exquisite XK8 had covered a mere 26,800 miles at the time of our visit, and the condition is that to be expected of such a low mileage car with only three previous keepers. The magnolia hide interior is virtually unmarked with gleaming walnut trim.
The original service book details no fewer than 12 services, plus an additional three stamps for corrosion protection. Further paperwork also confirms the car has an upgraded aluminium water pump fitted, along with upgraded timing chain tensioners. Due to have a fresh MOT in time for the sale, it will be driven some 100 miles to get here. The icing on this royal cake is the personalised and transferable registration number, P7 HOT.”
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