2005 Jaguar XJ Super V8 long-wheelbase

The Highlights

  • One of approximately only 500 X350 Super V8s produced
  • Long wheelbase
  • Enormously luxurious specification, with picnic tables, television screens, window blinds and more
  • Huge collection of invoices showing regular servicing and maintenance
  • MoT with no advisories until June 2023

The Appeal

The appeal of a Jaguar doesn’t require much explanation. The company slogan in the 1950s of ‘Grace, Space, Pace’ has never ceased to be true, even though Jaguar retired it some time ago. The XJ in particular has been one of its most appealing and enduring models, as shown by the fact that it remained in continuous production, evolving gradually, from 1968 to 2019. In keeping with Jaguar’s respect for history and tradition, it retained the same general profile as the early XJs until as recently as 2010, existing as Browns Lane’s last link to the William Lyons era.

The X350 version of the XJ, made from 2003 to 2007, was every bit as handsome, capable and luxurious as the rest, but there was one in particular which really sat apart: the Super V8. The Super V8 was Jaguar’s flagship model during the mid-2000s, costing £71,790 before extras when new, but it had virtually everything one could possibly want. It had the top-of-the-line, 395bhp, 4.2-litre supercharged V8 shared with the Jaguar XJR but with even more impressive trim and equipment. So well-specified was it that it should really be seen as a more affordable and discreet alternative to a Rolls-Royce or Bentley.

This car offered for sale presents a rare opportunity to acquire what was probably the greatest Jaguar saloon of the 21st century. A total of only 853 X350 and X358 Super V8s were produced between 2003 and 2009 so they do not appear for sale often, and we’d recommend taking an interest when they do. With more or less every conceivable power option, plus DVD players, picnic tables and rear window blinds, we cannot think of a more pleasant car to use for business or leisure. Complete with many invoices and a spotless MoT valid until June 2023, it is clear that this example has been cherished and should serve you well for a long time to come.

The History and Paperwork

  • Originally registered BG55 TPY and delivered on 28th October 2005
  • First owner as recorded in the service book was Jaguar Co. Fleet Admin
  • Acquired by the fifth and present owner, a specialist Jaguar mechanic, from a customer in February 2021

Paperwork includes the present and a historic V5, the original owner’s wallet complete with owner’s manual, service book and more, an enormous collection of invoices for maintenance and new parts mainly dating from the previous ownership (2012-2021), eight MoT certificates issued between 2012 and 2019 plus the current MoT, and documents concerning the sale of the Super V8 by Grange Jaguar of Swindon in 2012

The Interior

  • Original Barley leather survives in very good condition
  • Spacious boot with spare wheel present
  • Probably the most luxurious Jaguar interior we have ever encountered

You’re looking at buying a 2000s Jaguar saloon; you will have certain expectations. You want a Jaguar because you know it will come with power windows, power seats, heater and air-conditioning, radio-CD player and sumptuous leather trim complemented with lovely, rich walnut. With this Super V8, you get all of that and much, much more…

A built-in satellite navigation system may not be all that surprising, but there are screens in the headrests, too. As a back-seat passenger, motorway travelling needn’t be boring as you have the option of playing a DVD while your chauffeur quietly gets on with conveying you to your destination. On the way back, you may be tired and want to rest peacefully – just pull the blinds over the windows, sit back and let the outside world slip away.

Come Sunday, when Parker has his day off and you want to spend time with family, you can assume owner-driver duties while you enjoy an outing into the countryside with your children in the back, as they look forward to tucking into a picnic spread on the folding tables generously provided by Jaguar.

To the best of our knowledge, the interior is all original and, while it survives in very good condition, it is worth remembering that it is a 17-year-old car and has some light wear in keeping with its age. There is some creasing in the Barley upholstery and a few insignificant cracks in the leather of the driver’s seat. The carpets, while largely clean, have acquired a few marks and, similarly, there are some light marks or scratches on the seat bases and door trim.

The dash and headlining are excellent, with little cosmetic wear that we could see, and that walnut really is some of the nicest you’re likely to encounter. Deep, rich and beautifully marbled, it possesses a distinctly old-fashioned quality so rarely seen in cars today. The rear passenger space appears to have seen comparatively little use, and again shows scarcely any evidence of wear.

While we have not tested all of the car’s features, we did venture out in it in quite hot weather and are pleased to report that the air-conditioning works very well, delivering a powerful but not overwhelming breeze which should be perfectly refreshing on even the balmiest summer’s day.

As with the interior, the boot presents very nicely with just a few minor marks on the carpet. The floor lifts to reveal a spare wheel in very good condition.

The Exterior

  • Mesh grille unique to the Super V8 and XJR
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Appears very solid underneath

If you are the sort of successful professional person at which the Super V8 was aimed, you should like your car to have a sense of authority, and so this does. Ebony is probably the best colour for it, and it conveys a real air of gravity.

Since the paint and chrome is, like the interior, believed to be all original, it presents very well but has some very light, superficial damage as would be expected after 17 years of use. All the damage is entirely cosmetic, though, and is confined strictly to a few scratches or other blemishes in the paint and chrome. There is one very small dent in the ‘Super V8’ badge, but all the panels look to us to be entirely sound.

The 19-inch, 15-spoke alloy wheels hint at a sportiness which the supercharged engine certainly provides. Again, they look very good on the although they do also show their age in places, with some scuffing around the rims, light scratching and some cosmetic wear on the Jaguar centre caps. We did notice that one rim is slightly bent in one place, although there is nothing to suggest that this interferes with the tyre in any way.

While the tyres were all deemed to be in good condition by the MoT tester in June, the vendor has advised us that he will fit new front tyres before the car sells.

All the glass on the car is fundamentally in very good order, although the headlights are beginning to get slightly fogged and the nearside fog lamp lens has a crack in it.

Underneath, the car appears to be extremely solid, and certainly the MoT tester found its condition very much to their liking.

The Mechanics

  • Fitted with the 395bhp, 4.2-litre supercharged V8 – the finest Jaguar engine of the 2000s
  • Painstakingly well-maintained, with regular servicing and new parts fitted when necessary
  • Not a single advisory point accrued during its MoT in June

Talk about Jaguar super-saloons and conversation will probably centre around the XJR, but you can forget about that because the Super V8 has precisely the same supercharged engine and will accelerate just as quickly, all the way up to its restricted top speed of 155mph.

It has everything else you’d hope for and probably more besides, with an extremely smooth automatic gearbox and sharp brakes, plus a veritable alphabet soup consisting of ACC (adaptive cruise control), ABS (anti-lock braking system), ARTS (adaptive restraint technology systems and CATS (computer active technology system). Perhaps the greatest surprise when we drove it was the turning circle – it is far more manoeuvrable than we ever would have expected the long-wheelbase model to be.

We know this car has been cherished throughout its life from the service book, which shows that the Jaguar was serviced without fail every year from 2006 to 2018, and it only stops there because the service book runs out of space. Invoices show that the previous owner lavished attention on it, with lots of work completed during his ownership including, notably, a new timing chain in 2016, new front discs and pads and new rear pads in 2017, and a new battery in 2018.

With such a close eye having been kept on the car’s mechanical welfare, it is no surprise that it passed its MoT in June with no advisory points, just as it did in 2019 and 2020 (it was not tested in 2021). It’s clearly all ready to use and enjoy, and you’ll struggle to find anything better at 17 years old.

The Summary

Representing the pinnacle of Jaguar’s saloon-car production in the 2000s, the Super V8 is super-rare, super-luxurious and super-desirable. Ideal for being chauffeured in or for the owner-driver, this example is presented as one which has been really well cared for all its life, and is ready to use and enjoy immediately.

While the mechanical condition is hard to improve upon, it is the case that there is some damage or wear to the interior and exterior, although all of it is strictly cosmetic. As far as we are concerned, this is a very fine car as it is, but all it needs is some paint and interior detailing and some alloy wheel refurbishment to make it a truly excellent one.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2005
  • Make Jaguar
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 134,462 Miles
  • Engine size 4196
  • Town Ruislip
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Middlesex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
23 bids
  • trumpf_•••• £7,000 08/08/22
  • james-r•••• £6,500 08/08/22
  • trumpf_•••• £6,200 08/08/22
  • cetin-m•••• £6,000 08/08/22
  • trumpf_•••• £5,700 08/08/22
  • stuart-•••• £5,500 08/08/22
  • trumpf_•••• £5,300 08/08/22
  • stuart-•••• £5,100 08/08/22
  • trumpf_•••• £5,000 08/08/22
  • stuart-•••• £4,500 08/08/22

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