If you like to travel great distances in fine luxury then the XK8 certainly fulfils on both those levels. It’s super sharp looks, somewhat reminiscent of the E-type glory days is a great example of a nineties Grand Tourer, providing comfort and ample power from its 4.0 litre 32-valve V8 engine. The early models, of which this is, appear to be gathering significant interest, mainly as so many of them have now disappeared from the roads altogether.
Purchased by the current owner 17 years ago as a second car, it’s been used in the summer months only, enjoying occasional trips to the continent and tours of the UK averaging 2,000 to 3000 miles a year. As an engineer he has maintained the car himself, changing the oil, filters, etc. every year and carrying out routine maintenance as and when required. Now having reached an age where getting into and out of such low cars isn’t as easy as it once was, the car needs to find a new home.
The History and Paperwork
Supplied new in 1997
Regularly serviced over last 17 years by current owner
Continuously dry stored for last 17 years and only used in summer months
MOT expires 1 February 2024
Space saver spare wheel and jack
Original beige leather interior is free from any rips or tears and has usual signs of wear commensurate with the cars age and mileage, particularly to the drivers bolster and the centre armrest
Dashboard and trim are free from any cracks or damage
Electric and heated seats, however the drivers electric control module has partially failed - the seat back tilt control does not operate unless powered directly. This has not been done as the seat tilt is suited to the owner
All other electric functions are in working order
The drivers hand operated tilt latch has lost its plastic trim so will need to be replaced
The driver’s window guides within the door are out of alignment which causes the glass to bind when going up. The vendor advises the door panel will need to be removed and the guides adjusted
The plastic trim to the J Gate gear-lever is cracked
Panels and shut lines all appear straight and true
Wood-leather steering wheel
Headlining appears to be sagging slightly in places
Door cards in good shape
Carpets all good with overmats
Original Ice Blue Metallic paintwork is generally in good condition with no dents or dings. However, there are numerous stone chips to the front and a few scratches here and there around the bodywork
The sills and wheel arches are all sound, the sills having been replaced in 2018
The exception is the appearance of corrosion in the rear offside wing behind the wheel arch
The black paint finish to the top of the doors and rear section of the cockpit is flaking off
Original alloy wheels are in good shape but have been kerbed in a few places
Three of the tyres have good tread but the rear offside tyre is a little worn
Lights all work and are free from any cracks or damage
Roof is in good condition but would benefit from a good clean which the owner says he will have done prior to sale
4.0 litre 24-valve V8 engine
5-speed automatic gearbox
Nice and clean engine bay
The air bag control module was replaced in August 2022
Gearbox drained, flushed and replacement sump fitted September 2021
Recent oil and filters change
Spark plugs replaced December 2022
The vendor advises that the car is in excellent mechanical shape, starting on the button, accelerating when required and pulling through all the gears smoothly
A nice example of a well cared for and stylish XK8, providing luxury travel and open-air motoring at the touch of a button.
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1997 Jaguar XK8 Convertible
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