32K Miles and Supercharged: 2000 Jaguar XKR – Sold?

Jan 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

February 2, 2022 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

The standard-issue Jaguar XK8 has quickly become one of those luxury cars you avoid like the plague if you see it at your local used car lot, as it almost certainly hasn’t been maintained the way it should. Like so many things in life, it pays to reach a bit higher on the food chain if you’re hot for one of these late-model Jaguars, and the supercharged XKR is the way to go. This low-mileage supercharged convertible XKR originally listed in January 2022 on Craigslist in Charlotte, North Carolina is said to come with every available option and recent service completed for $25,000 or best offer.  Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has listed his XKR just above the second tier rating of “Excellent” which carries a value of $24,700.

The XK8 when introduced was a bit of a sensation. Jaguar had been using the same design language for literal decades, and with the XJS coupe and convertible finally retired, it was time to name a successor. The XK8 was a natural evolution of the long-heeled design, and it came standard with loads of luxury and respectable power. However, for some reason, this particular model slid down the depreciation slide far more rapidly than its peers. While I can’t recall any significant reliability issues with the XK8 aside from power roof motors that tend to fail, Jaguar’s flagship convertible just didn’t hold the same level of staying power as the likes of the Porsche Boxster and the Aston Martin DB7. The XKR helped to increase the desirability factor just a touch, thanks to a 4.0 liter supercharged V8 capable of pushing out a healthy 370 horsepower. Other improvements included active suspension and unique wheels.

We came across this late-nineties vintage XK8 and XKR promotional video on the KS Lee YouTube Channel that we assume Jaguar produced for the launch of the cars:

The seller’s car is a rarity among late-model Jaguar offerings, as many of them don’t seem to be set aside as collector’s items. The XKR was certainly a marked improvement over the standard model, but perhaps its muted presence on the collector car scene prevented many owners from wanting to reserve their driving pleasure for only the best of conditions. Still, when you find one as nice as this, it’s hard to not justify paying the premium given how few remain in this sort of condition. When new, the convertible was the more expensive choice over the coupe; these days, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if the hardtop is considered more desirable. Either way is a good option, as the design has aged well and the performance is still respectable. This is hardly a cheap car to maintain but it’s far from the worst offenders, and the seller has proactively changed the belts, plugs, battery, and tires, and added all new fluids. These are quick cars that make great noises, and if the maintenance paper trail checks out, this seems like a reasonable buy for one of the few low-mileage specimens on the market today.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Hi, Guys and Girls,

I have a super clean one-owner super low miles 32000 miles 2000 Jaguar XKR supercharged convertible with every option. Asking $25000.00 OBO

All service complete, all fluids changed new plugs belts tires battery.”

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