1998 Jaguar XJ Sovereign X308

Lot Number: 334

1998 Jaguar XJ Sovereign X308

A Gentleman's express, just 18,640 miles and in splendid condition.

  • Sold for: £11,475

LIVE AUCTION: This lot was auctioned on Saturday 5th March, 2022 at 2.00pm GMT at RAF Museum London

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  • Registration Number

    C35 SGW

  • Odometer Reading

    18640 Miles


A Gentleman's express, just 18,640 miles and in splendid condition.


  • Highest-spec Sovereign model with only 18,640 miles, a couple of previous owners and a comprehensive history file
  • Naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre V8 with 290bhp and a proper big-capacity growl
  • Beautiful condition inside and out, a testament to its cosseted and well-maintained life
  • Recent work in February 2022 includes a new timing chain tensioner and an air-conditioning overhaul totalling £6,556
  • A remarkable car that offers all the old-school charm of a ‘proper Jaguar’ with modern and capable underpinnings

The Jaguar XJ (X308) is a full-size luxury saloon manufactured and marketed by Jaguar Cars from 1997 to 2003 across two generations and featuring Jaguar's AJ-V8 and Jaguar's independent rear suspension. It was the third and final evolution of the XJ40 platform which had been in production since 1986.

The ‘Sovereign’ represented the highest luxury specification for Jaguar models, sitting next to the XJR. Sovereigns featured more elaborate and expensive wood veneer, commonly highly figured Burr Walnut, with window control and ashtray trim panels also in veneer as opposed to plastic in other models. The leather was also of a higher quality and often features contrasting piping, with seats being of the traditional fluted style. The suspension setup was biased towards touring and the wheels were normally 16" or 17" to provide high profile tyres for additional ride quality. Computer Active Technology System adaptive suspension was also offered as a rare option.

Externally, a Sovereign can be distinguished by the complete use of highly polished steel/chrome work around windows and rear light clusters, as well as polished radiator grille and boot garnish. The cars are simply badged as ‘Sovereign’ with no mention of ‘XJ’.

Having discontinued production of both the AJ16 inline-six and V12 engines, Jaguar offered the new XJ model with their newly designed V8 engine (named the AJ-V8) only. It was available in either 3.2-litre or 4.0-litre form (the latter with a Supercharger in the XJR model). The Sovereign utilised the naturally-aspirated 4.0-litre V8 with a more than adequate 290bhp and a proper big-capacity growl, married to the ZF 5HP24 5-speed automatic gearbox.

This 1998 Jaguar XJ Sovereign is a wonderful example of Jaguar’s flagship saloon that still sets the bar for ride refinement and overall quality and performance. In outstanding cosseted condition and finished in Jaguar Topaz with an Oatmeal Leather interior, it has only covered 18,640 miles with just two previous owners. Originally destined for an overseas client of renowned Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists, Clark and Carter, it has now become available. Recent preparation work included replacing the timing chain tensioner, the air-conditioning compressor and re-gassing. Work also included a total over haul of the brakes and a full engine/gearbox service. Wheels also had a specialist refurbishment. (Invoice £6,556 on file).

Grace, Space and Pace personified ... probably the bargain of the catalogue!



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