Investors will get the chance to buy a slice of Midland automotive history - a supercar once owned by the Sultan of Brunei.
The Jaguar XJ220, named because of its supposed top speed is on sale at a special auction at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC this week.
Offered by Silverstone Auctions, the 1994-built car has only done 6,000 miles – and is expected to fetch around £220,000.
A spokesman for the auctioneers said: “The story behind the Jaguar XJ220 is an inspiring one. Professor Jim Randall, the head of Jaguar’s engineering department, started the ball rolling by sketching out some ideas whilst on a Christmas holiday in the 1980s. It was the stuff of fantasies – V12, 4WD, slippery body with ground effects. Together with colleagues in the ‘Saturday Club’ at Jaguar (so called because they met out of hours and at weekends to work on unofficial pet projects) they toyed with the concept until Jaguar started getting genuinely excited by the idea and official plans were put in place to build what was to be the fastest ever road car.”
The car was unveiled at the 1988 British International Motor Show, held at the NEC to frenzied excitement – and 1,500 deposits of £50,000 each were taken.
Huge numbers went to see the car – and the Ferrari F40 which was also unveiled there – with an additional 90,000 visitors recorded.
Silverstone Auctions added: “To say this is a very very special Jaguar is somewhat of an understatement, we are told by the vendor that chassis no 220693 was built by TWR Jaguar in Oxford in 1991 before being despatched to Brunei having being ordered by the Royal family.
“The car covered very little mileage in intervening years and was repatriated back to the UK in September of 2002. According to records at its first MOT in the UK in July of 2002 it had a mileage reading of 1412 and as befitting a car of this nature the car then became the property of a flamboyant champagne dealer before becoming the property of our vendor.”
The car will go under the hammer on November 15 at the NEC’s Classic Motor Show.