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The abandoned pedigree cat

By SYF77 on 18 Apr 2010

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This is not your normal fury kitty and it is worth much more than that. Taken in the Qatari desert, this photo of a Jaguar XJ220 left to languish at the mercy of the elements is wrenching to any lover of the model. The XJ220 was a mid-engined sports car developed by Jaguar in partnership with Tom Walkinshaw Racing. It premiered in 1988 as a concept car and was produced between the years 1992 and 1994. Only 281 were ever made.

The 220 moniker stems from the car's top-speed goal of 220 mph which it came close to reaching. The production version was rear-wheel driven that came with 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6 generating 542 bhp (404 kW) and 645 Nm (476 lb-ft) of torque. It is quite different from the concept version which was fitted with a 6.2 liter engine with 500 bhp (370 kW) and an all-wheel drive system. For a brief time, it held the record as the fastest production car with a top speed of 350 km/h, until the arrival of the McLaren F1 in 1994.

The car remains a classic and existing models usually sell for around £100,000. This one, with its faded LeMans Blue paint, has likely lost a lot of its value even though it has only 900 km on the odometer. Qatar is an oil- and gas-rich nation, with the third largest gas reserves and the highest GDP per capita in the world. Perhaps, the owner is so rich that £100,000 is mere peanut to him. Anyway, if you are wondering how a well kept Jaguar XJ220 should look like, here's one below.

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Jaguar, XJ220, Qatari Desert

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Spoony Apr 18 2010 08:16 PM
sad.gif what a shame to leave such niche car to rott
Xspace Apr 18 2010 10:19 PM
DAmn nice car man...
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