Rare Longroof: 2005 Jaguar X-Type Wagon – Sold?
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June 18, 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.
Jaguar’s curious X-Type sedan and wagon will never be more than a footnote on the domestic automotive landscape but there’s no denying the appeal of an obscure wagon. The X-Type was hardly a sales success stateside, but they still seem to pop up on the used market in reasonable condition for bargain-basement prices. That’s certainly the case with this rare 2005 X-Type wagon originally listed in April 2022 on Craigslist near Pittsburgh in the classic color of British Racing Green with an asking price of just $4,770. Comparing that price against Classic.com shows us that the average selling price for an X-Type at the moment is around $7,926, with a most recent sale price of $8,500.
It’s amazing how the passage of time makes once-forgettable cars suddenly a bit more desirable. The X-Type was in many ways a disappointment, a stark reminder of how Ford effectively stripped away Jaguar’s identity in favor of trying to globalize the company and make an easy buck off of some quick-and-dirty repackaging. The X-Type was based on the European market model known as the Ford Mondeo, which was no great shakes as far as a chassis was concerned; it also relegated the X-Type to front- or all-wheel-drive only. Gone were the days of rear-wheel-drive coupes and V12 engines, replaced with humble V6s and four doors saloons that weren’t particularly notable for any one thing. The European press gave the car decent marks, but there may have been some predisposition at play: brand loyalists didn’t want to see Jaguar flounder, and the Mondeo platform was already well-known, along with its strengths and weaknesses, in overseas markets.
The Top Gear YouTube Channel provides this vintage review of the then-new Jaguar X-Type to confirm how well its all-wheel-drive system handles British winters:
Despite all this, like so many things in life, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and this X-Type wagon has wiggled its way into our hearts given how few of these estate bodies pop up for sale. The driving experience may not be particularly memorable, but that’s not what this X-Type is all about. It may have gone head-to-head with the likes of the BMW 3-Series, but the German sedan always demonstrated far better road-holding abilities than the X-Type. Curiously, this X-Type received a replacement engine at some point and now supposedly has just 69,000 miles on the drivetrain, with higher miles noted on the chassis itself. While they will never be tremendously valuable, a Jaguar wagon is simply a model you don’t see anywhere, and this one absolutely looks like one of the best ones left.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Selling a super rare X -type wagon, British racing green, All original paint, no paintwork, super clean interior runs great 3 L six-cylinder no leaks or noises .. garage kept all-wheel-drive. A aew engine put in with 69,000 miles car has over 100 on odometer.. clean title in hand 4770 or bo Call or text: scammers don’t waste your time and emails will not be answered cash in person only“
Rare bird: when is the last time you saw a genuine Jaguar X-Type wagon?