To many enthusiasts, the 2002-2009 Jaguar ‘X350’ generation of XJ was the last of the company’s truly classic big saloons and was certainly the last one to retain the traditional quad headlamp front end and swooping profile that completely defined the brand ever since the first XJ debuted in 1968.
It was also a car that got a rapturous reception from the automotive media when new, its wonderful ride and handling matched by surprisingly frugal fuel economy and – for its day – advanced technology.
This one is a wonderful car. A 4.2-litre V8 Sovereign, it’s the ultimate luxury impression of the X350 in long wheelbase format. It’s also a car that’s stylish for a reason – the first owner was Arnaud Bamberger, the former UK CEO of watchmaker and jewellery firm Cartier. Indeed, it even has the registration number V9 AMB, which he specified with the car when new.
It was his until 2014 and has only had one other owner since, covering 66,000 miles in total. Finished in Ebony black with a subtle red pinstripe, it’s a striking car and one with real presence.
THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK
MOT July 2023
All original books and handbooks
Full service history
Two owners, original being Arnaud Bamberger of Cartier
New Jaguar engine fitted 10,000 miles ago
Matching Cartier umbrella
Registration number will be original V9 AMB – the plate in the picture is that of the previous keeper and is being retained
Personalised black leather interior with red piping
Electrically adjustable front and rear seats
Reclining rear seats
Touchscreen infotainment system with haptic feedback
Factory sat nav
Excellent door cards and carpets
Climate control with separate rear seat passenger controls
Separate rear audio console
Rear DVD screens
Premium dark walnut veneers
Factory option part-wood steering wheel
Electrically adjustable steering column
Opulent and wonderfully well-equipped
Slight drop in headlining
Stunning original paintwork in superb order
Subtle red pinstripe to match interior theme
No evidence of alloy corrosion or reaction
Rust-free aluminium bodyshell and panels
All original chrome and trim in excellent condition
Very minor kerb marks to alloy wheels
Six-speed auto transmission
Well-maintained example with good service history
Air suspension in great working order
Brand new V8 engine fitted by Jaguar 10,000 miles ago
This is a truly lovely example of the luxury long-wheelbase version of the X350, in opulent Sovereign specification – as you’d expect for a car that used to be the personal transport of the CEO of one of the world’s most recognisable luxury brands.
It’s in wonderful condition, having been kept in tip-top order as a chauffeur-driven vehicle for much of its life, while a nearly new engine is a further plus, having covered only a handful of miles since it was installed.
As modern classics go, the combination of the car’s fascinating history, the colour and spec and the overall terrific condition make this a very desirable car indeed.
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2004 Jaguar XJ8 4.2 V8 Sovereign LWB
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