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1998 Jaguar XJ8 Executive (X308)

1998 Jaguar XJ8 Executive (X308)


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"I feel I must write to you a letter that you may like to put to your customers. As you know I missed on a couple of your cars because of a car I was selling . However a lovely looking car came up on trade me .It was in North Auckland. I rang the older owner and found he had brought the car off a neighbour, I asked him about any rust problems . He said any rust that was there had been cut out and repaired properly. It had just been re upholstered and as the paintwork was original he had only the mudguards resprayed. It had new tyres and new wheel cylinders and brakes relined.As it had been in storage for 8yrs it had to be certified. But where he lived he said would pose a problem for getting it to the testing station. He said would I get it done from my end. He said everything had been done and it would fly through.I said I would and got it Transported to Palmerston North. When it arrived the first thing the transporter driver said was be carefull it has very poor brakes. Then takingit up a small rise to get it into my garage the clutch was slipping badly. The paint was far from original and the mudgaurds had been sprayed with an aerosol can . These are just a few problems with the car. I rang the seller up told him how disapointed I was and said if I transport it back to him will he refund my money. He said no. As all the dealings I had with him were on the phone and nothing in writing. My hands were tied. Not all Trade Me sellers are honest. Make sure you go to Waimak Classic Cars who I know deal in quality cars."
Willy and Jan Whittingham, Palmerston North, New Zealand



Big Jaguar saloons used to have a wonderful raffish air to them, fine quality leathers and wood trim and the Jaguar XJ8 has taken the basic premise of previous generations and made massive steps forward in many key areas, not least of which is quality.

Although superficially similar to the outgoing XJ6 model, the XJ8 represented the thinking of a new generation of engineers at Jaguar's headquarters in Coventry.

The proportions of the car are wonderfully judged, leading to a Milanese panel of experts voting it  'The Most Beautiful Car In The World', surely a testament to its stylist, the late Geoff Lawson.

The X308 kept much of the same exterior styling as its predecessor, carrying its rounded four-headlamp bonnet, low roofline, sloping tail, and wrap-around rear light clusters and the Jaguar emblem now says all the right things about its driver.


  • Immaculate condition
  • Standard cast alloy wheels
  • Automatic climate control,
  • Veneer fascia and console
  • Automatic headlight levelling and illumination
  • Luxury leather trim
  • A useful driver's cars.
  • Reasonably brisk, reaching 60 in a mere 8.8 seconds.
  • The interior is beautiful and a fine place to reside with good legroom.
  • Timing Belt, water pump and Tensioners recently replaced.
  • Mechanically sound and well maintained vehicle
  • NZ New
  • Six Owners from new.

There are XJ8's and there are XJ8's and this modern classic is one of the cleanest, tidiest XJ8's we've ever had. Its in our opinion a simply outstanding, pampered, loved and cherished vehicle.

The target for the Jaguar XJ8 series, namely to remove all of the traditional excuses to buying British, has been achieved with considerable panache.

Drop in behind the wheel of an XJ8 and there's a palpable sense of occasion that's missing in its rivals. Behind the wheel you'll feel like a charmingly roguish bounder rather than a Junior Vice-President. As an ownership proposition, the XJ8 is leagues ahead of its predecessors and they're starting to command good prices. This example should make an elegant addition to any driveway or collection, and will only look better with age.

A good modern classic, that is not only just good value but a vehicle that will appreciate in time.

If you're after a good, trouble free example of one of these, then look no further and grab this one before its gone.

Car will be sold WOF'd and Registered if sold.



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At Waimak Classic Cars, our principal interest is to ensure the preservation of classic and vintage vehicles. Please remember that our vehicles are many years old, often with further previous owners. Many have been bought by us recently. We cannot know exactly what repairs or maintenance has been done although we do our best to obtain log books and copies of invoices of work done, when, and by whom.

Our descriptions are based on our own observations and knowledge and we look for the best examples we can find. Indicated mileages are based on the records showing with NZTA and / or the vehicle’s odometer reading. Because of the age of the vehicle, this can never be guaranteed. Our inspections are generally non-invasive. Our description is based on a visual inspection and on information supplied to us by third parties.

Any sale is on the condition that the purchaser relies on his/her own judgment and does not rely on our skill or judgment or on any representation made by us. This applies even if the Buyer has not inspected the vehicle before purchase. We strongly recommend that you have the vehicle inspected by an independent assessor qualified to comment on the particular vehicle’s condition. If you are unable to organise this, then this can be organised on your behalf, at your cost.

We are proud of our reputation. However, no older vehicle can be expected to be as reliable as a new one and so all our vehicles are sold on an as is where is basis. Mechanical breakdowns, electronic failures at inconvenient times and maintenance costs are part and parcel of the ownership of classic and vintage vehicles. Reliability is a combination of the particular vehicle, how it has been driven and maintained, and luck.

For more information about this vehicle, please contact us Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 6:00pm (New Zealand Standard Time) on +64 (0) 3 310-6485 / +64 (0) 274 990-020. Alternatively, you may email us at info@waimakclassiccars.co.nz anytime.

PLEASE NOTE: As Waimak Classic Cars is NOT a car yard dealer type of operation, we do not operate through fixed opening hours. Viewing is therefore STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and A FEW DAYS NOTICE is always appreciated, as it is seldom possible for us to accommodate viewing on the same day of inquiry