1998 Jaguar XJ Sovereign Auto


  • Incredibly low mileage of only 16,272 miles from new
  • Recently fully serviced with new brakes all-round
  • Imported from Japan in 2017 with comprehensive service history
  • Original Japanese service history and export documents
  • MOT valid until August 2024

The Appeal

The Jaguar XJ is quite a force in the world of motoring - it was the definitive flagship of the company for some fifty years, and five years after leaving the market, continues to be synonymous with Coventry's finest. You'll hear a lot of opinions about the 'best' XJ, but for many, the late 90's X308 is amongst the most distinguished. With Jaguar’s then-new V8 beneath the bonnet, these cars proved as smooth and capable as they were comfortable and luxurious.

There's no doubt about it - the last of the steel-bodied big Jaguar saloons is rapidly emerging as a collectable classic, especially in 4.0-litre Sovereign specification.

This example is exactly that, painted in an elegant Sapphire Blue – one of the most sought-after colours for the XJ8 - Imported from Japan in 2017, and having greatly benefited from the grit-free conditions it's enjoyed for much of its life, this desirable example has covered an incredibly low 16,275 miles from new, which is amongst the lowest mileage examples we've ever seen of such a desirable, eminently drivable car.

MOT valid until August 2024 and a history file that includes original Japanese service documents and export papers, this Jaguar is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner.

History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1998 for the Japanese market
  • Imported from Japan in 2017
  • First registration in UK in September 2017
  • MOT valid until August 2024
  • Recently fully serviced
  • Genuine low mileage
  • Complete with:
    • Original Jaguar leather wallet and book pack
    • Service documents and invoices back to 2017
    • Recent receipt for new brakes all-round in August 2023
    • Two sets of keys
    • Original Japanese service history and export documents
    • Invoice for full Waxoyl rustproofing treatment conducted in 2018
    • Recent invoices for front wheel bearing and air con recharge
    • Original Japanese supplying dealer sticker
    • Vendor informs us it has been garaged overnight and that the vast majority of driving has been on dry days and open/motorway roads

The Condition

  • Sapphire Blue exterior presents well
  • Paint finish carries a nice shine all round
  • All chrome and trim in very good order
  • No dents, damage, or scratches apart from a small scuff area on the left-hand side of the rear bumper chrome
  • Nearside front wing has some paint lift from a previous repair
  • Genuine Jaguar leaper mascot, commonly specified for Japanese and US markets
  • Original 16-inch alloy wheels in very good condition with good tyres
  • Appears in smart condition underneath and has never been welded; comprehensively rust-proofed in 2018
  • Included with the sale is a custom-made weatherproof cover, specifically for Jaguar XJ Sovereign LWB, made of 4 breathable layers, made by Custom Covers Ltd at the cost of £349
  • Oatmeal leather seats in very good order
  • Leather-bound electrically adjustable steering wheel
  • Walnut veneer dash and door-trims
  • Electrically adjustable driver's and passenger's seats
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Factory stereo 6-CD changer
  • Carpets and door cards in very good condition
  • Headlining is free of drooping
  • Sought-after cupholder armrest
  • Original tools and spare wheel
  • Rear sunblind

The Mechanics

  • 4.0-litre flagship 32v V8, 290bhp
  • Five-speed auto transmission
  • Advanced electronically controlled suspension, agile handling, and good economy if driven gently
  • The vendor informs us that the car boasts clean fluids, a smooth idle, and eager performance
  • We understand that the car is in fine mechanical order
  • We have no reports of any issues
  • Ultimately, this is one of the finest examples of the X308 we've come across!

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Auction Details
  • Year 1998
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model XJ
  • Colour Blue
  • Mileage 16,272 Miles
  • Engine size 3998
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Swansea
  • County Wales
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
16 Bids
  • bb•••• £8,500 19/07/24
  • Ll•••• £8,400 19/07/24
  • bb•••• £8,100 19/07/24
  • Ll•••• £8,000 19/07/24
  • bb•••• £7,750 19/07/24
  • Ll•••• £7,500 19/07/24
  • bb•••• £7,000 19/07/24
  • me•••• £6,700 19/07/24
  • el•••• £6,600 19/07/24
  • me•••• £6,500 18/07/24

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