Luxury Convertible: 2000 Jaguar XKR

UPDATE – The seller sent us additional photos of this sweet Jag! It might be newer than what we typically feature, but these are fun machines to drive, it’s clearly been well cared for, and the price seems right for a Supercharged V8-powered sports car. So, take another look and make the seller an offer via their Classified Ad!

There’s nothing quite like hitting the road for a spot of wind in the hair motoring behind the wheel of a classic convertible. When the car in question offers a combination of peerless luxury and stunning performance, there’s a good chance that you’re onto a winner. That is what we find with this 2000 Jaguar XKR. It presents extremely well for its age, the interior is trimmed in sumptuous leather, and the drivetrain combination endows it with performance that would scare most classic muscle cars. Adding to the temptation is that this meticulously maintained soft-top is being offered for sale at an extremely affordable price. If you find all of this too hard to resist, you will find the XKR located in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, and listed for sale here on Barn Finds Classifieds. You could slip behind the wheel and drive away by handing the owner $14,000.

This Jaguar is finished in a shade called Titanium Mica Blue, and its appearance is stunning. There is one paint defect on the passenger side rear quarter panel, but the rest of the paint presents beautifully. The shine is impressive, while the panels appear to be laser straight. The XKR has spent most of its life garage-stored in California, meaning that it has remained rust-free. Keeping the elements at bay on less hospitable days is a Black soft-top, and the car rolls on a set of Coventry alloy wheels wrapped in Continental DSW tires. The car is a genuine 2+2, with a rear bench seat that will easily accommodate children or smaller adults. The upholstery is beautifully supple Ivory leather, and there are lashings of timber trim to help emphasize that feeling of luxury. However, don’t think that this vehicle is merely about luxury because it comes with some serious performance credentials.

The Jaguar’s engine bay packs a wallop with a 4.0-liter supercharged V8 that produces an impressive 370hp. All of that power finds its way to the rear wheels via a 5-speed automatic transmission. I mentioned performance, and this classic should satisfy the most hardened enthusiast. It can demolish the ¼ mile in 13.7 seconds, and if given its head, the speedometer needle could nudge 170mph. The owner has meticulously maintained the vehicle during the 88,000 miles that it has accumulated. He recently replaced the fuel pump and valve cover gaskets, while he has also fitted a new serpentine belt, tensioner, idler pulley, and supercharger belt. The Jag is serviced every 5,000 miles, and the owner uses nothing but synthetic oil. It has been stored away during the winter, but it is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner now that the weather has taken a turn for the better.

Classic British sports cars will always attract their share of admirers, and newer examples aren’t immune from this attention. This 2000 Jaguar XKR Convertible offers the promise of some enjoyable sunny day cruising in a package that is luxurious, potent, and affordable. That has to make it a vehicle that deserves a closer look.



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  1. nycbjr Member

    2 pictures? Come on now for 14k take out you phone and take some pictures!

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  2. Frank Armstrong

    It’s amazing how fast a Jaguar depreciates! If you can afford the upkeep, this looks like a real value buy.

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  3. Bob soos

    Looks great I’am interested at $10,000.

  4. James Hoyt

    Aston Martin DB7 made during the same time with Jag parts , twice the price but its a ASTO MARTIN and will always be worth more.

  5. jeff

    nice looking car ,,was gonna look for one but apparently they had electrical problems ( figures ) had an 89 conv and that body style you could convert to a chev 350 cause they didn’ have so much electrical crap on them

  6. John

    Anyone buying this car will need to ask if the upper timing chain tensioners have been replaced with the newer metal units. These engines are well known to have the original tensioners fail and the engine is then destroyed.
    Automatic transmissions are known to have the A drum fracture, requiring a replacement transmission or rebuild.

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    • Tirefriar

      You are partially correct. Tensioners are indeed plastic and do need upgrade. Transmissions on the XKR (as well as XJR) models was 5-speed Mercedes-Benz W5A580 5G-Tronic, the A drum fracture was an issue with ZF autos found on normally aspirated models. Bigger concern here would be the nikasil engines which were used all the way up to august 18,2000 to be precise. There are 2 camps when it comes to nikasil, those that feel there is no issue if the engine survived over 20 years of use and those that won’t touch an X308 manufactured prior to 8/18/2000. I fall in the latter. I did have a 2001 XJR which was a fantastic car, didn’t require more maintenance than any of the other euro cars I owned. In fact a 2000 E39 Touring which I bought with 72k miles from original elderly owners easily surpassed Jaguar’s cost of upkeep by a factor of 2.

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      • SirRaoulDuke

        The California origin of the car should negate nikasil concerns. Why? Before Tier 2 gas was phased in, California already had the sulfur limit of 30 ppm that was included in Tier 2. Tier 2 was phased in 2004; Tier 3, at 10 ppm, was phased in 2017. The Tier 2 standard was more than good enough to not ruin nikasil liners…at least that is what I have always heard. I would have zero concern about nikasil and this particular car. I 100% agree on the chain tensioners, this must be done. The ad says “tensioner” done, confirm and if so I would call this a solid buy. I think this is a design that still looks graceful, and they are a hoot when you give it the beans.

  7. Kenn

    Yeah, probably shouldn’t consider buying this car, what with all the things that could go wrong. Not like any of the other cars on this site…..

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  8. Greg B in Augusta, Maine

    Is this truly a so-called ‘barn find’?!?!

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