Rare exotic left to rot in desert

2010-04-07 08:56

When oil prices are high, the Persian Gulf states are responsible for a fair volume of demand filling up the world’s supercar order books.

These oil-dollar buyers are not all authentic petrolheads though.

Many purchase vogue supercars simply for their image appeal. When the ownership experience requires some effort, they’ll easily turf out some rather exotic supercar machinery on the street. Think we’re joking? Well…

Witness the case of this Jaguar XJ220, spotted in Qatar, gathering dust and being sand blasted by strong desert winds.

Not a pretty sight, now is it?

Impeccable credentials, undignified position

Jaguar’s supercar – although eventually eclipsed by McLaren’s F1 – ushered in the modern supercar era.

The XJ220’s arresting styling (by South African born Keith Helfet) and performance potential nearing the 350km/h threshold ensure it of a very special place in automotive history. This, it would appear, means nothing to the good people of Qatar though.

The XJ220 in question is one of only 281 ever made (number 132, in fact) and nearly two decades after being assembled, still only has 900km on the clock – which means it’s a veritable classic in the waiting.

We can only hope a European collector jets out to Qatar soon to rescue it from its rather terrible fate – being left to waste out on a backroad in Qatar.

  • Stuart - 2010-04-07 09:20

    Ouch. If the owner had half an eye for appreciating a true classic supercar, he'd never allow this to happen. Clearly this was just a toy to him, to be discarded when he'd had his fun with it. Shocking...

  • Jean-Pierre Bester - 2010-04-07 09:24

    I can understand people leaving the Tiida and the Honda's in the background for waste, but this? Shame on you!

  • Gerhard - 2010-04-07 10:00

    Imagine we had Jeremy Clarksons email address. He and the team would go and grab this car and have fun with it in true top gear style :)

  • @All Of You - 2010-04-07 10:18

    He has money like dust and would not care whether the XJ220 collects dust. He can acquire this but also not really worship it as it is just a metal object. This car is not a God.

  • Jon - 2010-04-07 11:02

    Actually, I do have Jeremy Clarkson's email address. Just sent the article through to him - let's see what happens, shall we. :)

  • Doro - 2010-04-07 11:55

    @Jean-Pierre, It is all a matter of perspective, a homeless man would think thesame about you for leaving a Tiida than you looking at a billionnaire leaving his car...

  • Careful now - 2010-04-07 12:09

    Might this not be a belated April Fool Joke? Interesting for such an 'abandoned' car that none of the tyres are flat!

  • - 2010-04-07 12:13

    You have got to be kidding me. What a waste of a beautiful classic. I hope that someone gets it and restores it to its past lustre and glory -_-

  • @@All Of You - 2010-04-07 12:36

    EXACTLY!! McLaren F1 is still THE GOD!

  • Ortos - 2010-04-07 12:51

    @ @All Of You, hey numb nuts wake up! Nobody said its a god, its a mechanical device designed and built by men with god given talents, and to see it go to waste is as near sin as can be. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

  • Adrian - 2010-04-07 13:32

    Interesting to see tire marks under the car.

  • Christian F - 2010-04-07 13:34

    Well if it aint doing nothing in the desert, Then how do I get my hands on this car

  • Gerhard - 2010-04-07 14:36

    Good work Jon - it will be awesome if we see this car/story on Top-Gear in the future.

  • Shaun - Cape Town - 2010-04-07 14:48

    ...what the difference between my Fiat Uno and this car? I treat my Uno even worse and it's speedometer got stuck on 999 999km! - Cheers

  • 250K - 2010-04-07 14:56

    And the other sad part is, is that this car still sells for $250 000.....

  • Brendan - 2010-04-07 16:49

    What a shame, this is an awesome car and a real gem, pity its being left to rot by some idiot with to much money, dude give it away then and let some else enjoy it as well.

  • AJ - 2010-04-07 17:34

    i should never have read this articale...... gonna have night mares tonight!

  • - 2010-04-07 19:19

    This is really a shame...

  • edgr v12 - 2010-04-07 23:48

    Why a european collector? Why not american or another asian? just wondering?? anyway...amazing car this. Pitty

  • Jean-Pierre Bester - 2010-04-08 09:40

    @ Doro - I said it in context..... I didn't look down on the car. I also drive a run of the mill car, nothing fancy. You must read the comments in context with the article.

  • FAIL - 2010-04-08 12:35

    This difference between this and a Uno is that this was build with care for people who would (hopefully) appreciate a great car. The Uno is a mass marked piece of crap slapped together as fast as possible to sell to as many people as possible. Stupid idiots who make money off holding the rest of the world ransom for oil got more $$$$ than brains. /rant

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