Siren’s Song: 1997 Jaguar XK8 Convertible 43K Survivor – SOLD!

by | Jan 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

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January 31, 2024, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “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.

In Greek mythology, Sirens were often portrayed as attractive, half human women with beautiful voices who entranced sailors enough to crash their vessels. There are many classic cars that act like the Siren’s song. The Porsche 928 sitting dormant in my garage is a prime example.  As maddening as that car can be, when it’s running right, I’m tempted once again into keeping it longer than I really should.

Jaguars have a similar effect on me.  Luckily, most of the classic Jaguars that tempt me like a Siren are priced well beyond my current means. While I can’t afford a V12-powered XKE, there is a very tempting alternative: the Jaguar XK8. Launched in 1996 as the long overdue replacement for the two-decade-old XJS, the XK8 featured a modern V8 in a body reminiscent of the classic XKE.  Unlike that classic, the XK8 was conceived at a time when Jaguar was under Ford ownership. While quality improved vastly, these are still Jaguars. Consequently, as pretty as they are, they depreciate like a stone.

A prime example is this all black 1997 Jaguar XK8 convertible for sale, last spotted on Craigslist in Conroe, Texas (Houston) in January 2024. The seller reports it is a one owner car with only 42,325 original miles. Giving us slight pause is how the seller wrote their description, “One owner*.” The asterisk may be their way of saying they bought this XK8 for the original owner but have not registered it in their name.  No harm, no foul, but if the seller has only owned the car several months, we would want to confirm what they paid for it and what they put into the car during the brief ownership.

Last offered for $8,477,, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is below the mean of this guide’s six-month results for all 1997 Jaguar XK8 body styles and powertrains.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the downloadable 2023 Old Cars Price Guide Big Book confirms the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #4 “Good” (daily driver) estimate of $5,800 and it’s #3 “Very Good” appraisal of $13,050 for a completely stock example.

The 1997 Jaguar XK8 convertible is a luxury sports car that epitomizes the blend of elegance and performance. This iconic vehicle, produced by the British automaker Jaguar, is renowned for its timeless design, advanced engineering, and powerful performance capabilities.

At the heart of the 1997 Jaguar XK8 convertible is a formidable powertrain that exemplifies the brand’s commitment to delivering a thrilling driving experience. The car is equipped with a 4.0-liter V8 engine, a testament to Jaguar’s dedication to providing ample power under the hood. This eight-cylinder engine generates a substantial amount of horsepower and torque, propelling the XK8 from 0 to 60 mph in a matter of seconds.

One of the defining features of the XK8 is its sleek and aerodynamic exterior design. The convertible variant, in particular, showcases a timeless and sophisticated silhouette that effortlessly combines luxury with sportiness. The smooth curves, elongated hood, and elegant lines contribute to the car’s overall aesthetic appeal, making it a true head-turner on the road.

The convertible top of the 1997 Jaguar XK8 is a marvel of engineering and design. Crafted with precision, the convertible roof seamlessly retracts to allow for an open-air driving experience. The mechanism operates smoothly, and the materials used in the construction of the top ensure durability and weather resistance. Whether cruising with the top down on a sunny day or securing the top in inclement weather, the XK8 provides a versatile and enjoyable driving experience.

The interior of the XK8 is a testament to Jaguar’s dedication to luxury and comfort. The cabin is adorned with high-quality materials, including rich leather upholstery and polished wood accents. The attention to detail is evident in every aspect of the interior design, from the stylish dashboard layout to the well-crafted center console. The seats are designed to provide optimal support and comfort, making long drives a pleasure.

Technological innovation is another hallmark of the 1997 Jaguar XK8 convertible. Equipped with advanced features for its time, the car boasts a cutting-edge audio system, climate control, and a user-friendly dashboard interface. These technological enhancements contribute to the overall driving experience, ensuring that occupants enjoy both performance and convenience.

The suspension system of the XK8 is finely tuned to strike a balance between a smooth ride and responsive handling. The car glides effortlessly over various road surfaces, offering a comfortable driving experience without compromising on performance. The responsive steering and well-engineered chassis contribute to the car’s agility, making it a joy to navigate through twists and turns.

Safety features are a priority in the design of the 1997 Jaguar XK8 convertible. The car is equipped with advanced braking systems, airbags, and other safety measures to ensure the well-being of its occupants. The structural integrity of the vehicle is designed to provide protection in the event of a collision, adding an extra layer of security to the driving experience.

The 1997 Jaguar XK8 convertible is a masterpiece of automotive engineering and design. From its powerful V8 engine to its luxurious interior and advanced technological features, every aspect of the car reflects Jaguar’s commitment to excellence. Whether cruising along the open road with the top down or navigating city streets, the XK8 delivers a driving experience that seamlessly combines performance, style, and comfort. This iconic convertible remains a symbol of timeless elegance in the world of luxury sports cars.

The MotorWeek Retro Review YouTube Channel features their original road test of the then new Jaguar XK8:


With only 42,325 original, one owner miles, this all black 1997 Jaguar XK8 convertible for sale is a tempting choice, especially when the seller mentions “everything appears to be working as it should.” While the extremely low mileage is very tempting, we would ask the seller to provide detailed service records as well as checking this Jag’s CarFax® to confirm this XK8 received regular service, preferably by a reputable Jaguar mechanic. If the seller can privde that data, then this is a lot Grand Touring comfort for under ten large.

If you are serious about buying this XK8 convertible, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their RAD Era Jaguar featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“One owner* 1997 Jaguar XK8. Black on black on black.
New alternator, new front strut mounts.
Beautiful inside and out.
Garage kept.
Fresh oil change.
Everything appears to be working as it should.

Show or go: What would you do with this survivor quality 1997 Jaguar XK8 convertible for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

  1. HENRY

    Is this manual or automatic transmission?

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