2004 Jaguar XJ8 4.2 V8 Sovereign LWB


  • Lovely example of Jaguar’s high-spec X350 XJ
  • Genuine low mileage
  • Fabulous condition throughout
  • Brand new Jaguar engine fitted 10,000 miles ago


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.

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  • UK V5C
  • 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 
  • HPI clear
  • 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
  • Cruise control
  • 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


  • Ebony Black
  • Stunning original paintwork in superb order
  • Subtle red pinstripe to match interior theme
  • Long-wheelbase model
  • No evidence of alloy corrosion or reaction
  • Rust-free aluminium bodyshell and panels
  • Bi-Xenon headlamps
  • All original chrome and trim in excellent condition
  • Very minor kerb marks to alloy wheels


  • 4.2-litre V8 
  • 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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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2004
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model XJ8
  • Colour Ebony Black
  • Odometer 66,000 Miles
  • Engine size 4196
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Littleborough
  • Location Lancashire
  • Country United Kingdom

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