Controversial Jaguar XJ220 up for sale at H&H

| 1 Mar 2013

A prototype Jaguar XJ220 that has rubbed shoulders with royalty (and the courts) will be offered at H&H’s 17 April sale at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.

Expected to net £150-180,000, the development prototype is shorter, narrower and lighter than the production supercar that it preceded.

In the hands of 1988 Le Mans winner Andy Wallace, the machine was used for high-speed brake certification and tyre-testing work.

It was then put on display before being inspected by Princess Diana at the opening of JaguarSports’ Bloxham factory.

Fitted with a Heidegger race engine, the big cat was sold off for an ill-fated assault on Le Mans with the proviso that it should never be road registered.

It then ended up on the wrong end of an ownership dispute, narrowly avoiding export to the US as a body-kitted XJ-S (which could have been fun at the traffic lights) before spending nearly a decade in dry storage.

Purchased by its current owner in 2008, H984 PVW was immediately recomissioned for an eye-watering £70,000.

A 'one of a kind' Jaguar, you can read the car’s full description on H&H’s website.