The Jaguar XJ 220 was by far the most outlandish of the late 1980s super cars, a food of which were born on the back of the world wide economics boom. It began life as nothing more than a Christmas holiday doodle by Jaguar’s engineering boss, Jim Randle and progressed as “The Saturday Club”, with employees volunteering weekend time to develop further the idea of the ultimate super car. Eventually, the XJ 220 (the same reflecting the aimed for top speed) took on the life of its own as a semi official project, and other suppliers got involved. When the car was unveiled to open mouthed crowds at the 1988 Birmingham Motor Show in the UK, it was a giant two door car made completely from aluminum and powered by a 48 valve V12 engine driving all four wheels. Such was the dramatic beauty of the car and the enthusiastic public reception, that Jaguar was given the nod just over a year later by its owner, Ford, to put the XJ 220 into production. Deposits were taken many from get rich quick speculators. The XJ 220 had changed considerably when it finally arrived in mid 1992. It was 10 in. (25.5 cm) shorter, had lost the four wheel drive system, and the V12 had been swapped for a twin turbo V6.
Sadly, the XJ 220 project ended up turning sour. Speculators didn’t want the car when the market crashed and Jaguar couldn’t sell the cars (around 350) that it had built. Although amazingly beautiful, the sheer bulk of the 220 and the restricted visibility from the cabin meant it was difficult to drive on public roads.