HOW LONG HAVE YOU OWNED IT?
Not very long. I bought it privately from a Jaguar enthusiast in August 2020 for £1300 after spotting it advertised locally on Gumtree. Since buying it, I’ve had four new Pirelli P7 tyres fitted to the car and a service, and identified that a new brake caliper is required, a job that will be done next month.
HOW MUCH HISTORY DOES IT HAVE?
It has full service history with stamps (all bar one from Jaguar specialists) along with invoices for work carried out and parts purchased. That shows that it’s been fitted with new wings, re-rustproofed and re-sprayed. It also reveals that it was treated to a new headlining in 2015 – they are well known for drooping on these cars. There’s a complete MoT history with all certificates (which, with the above confirms that the indicated 137,000 miles is genuine) and all tax discs from 2000 to 2015. It even still has the original Jaguar tool kit fitted under the bonnet.
HAS IT BEEN MODIFIED?
Yes, mildly, with a mesh grille and CD boot changer from a higher spec model, along with 16in Eclipse alloys, rear lights, heater control panel, radio and switches, floor mats and carpet all taken from the later X308 XJ8 model that replaced the X300.
WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?
Apart from the caliper mentioned earlier, all I am aware of is that the digital clock is not working, but I don’t know how easy that might be to fix. It is currently insured for £1500, but I wanted to check on whether that’s about right.
WHAT WE THINK IT’S WORTH - £1500
Russ Smith, CCW’s price expert: ‘It’s great to have the opportunity to shine a light on an X300 because, as crazy as it might sound, this is exactly where the market currently is for these fine cars. They are a largely unsung classic bargain at the moment, but yours especially so, given the amount of money that’s been spent on looking after it in the past. No need to change anything on it – just have fun with it as it is.’
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