Saturday, January 12, 2019

2006 Jaguar Super V8 Portfolio - Grace, Space, Pace, 21st Century Style

“Grace…space…pace.” That was Jaguar's slogan in the 1950s and 1960s. Back then they used it to describe their entire line-up; the Mark 2, the Mark 10 and the E-Type.

They could have brought that slogan back in 2006 to describe just this one car, the Super V8 Portfolio.

The 2006 Jaguar Super V8 Portfolio a limited edition version of the long wheelbase Jaguar Super V8. How limited? Jaguar planned on building 145 of them. I'm not sure of that's a worldwide number or a North American number. Either way, that's not a lot of cars.

In 2006 the Jaguar Super V8 Portfolio cost over $115,000.00. For that money you got a beautiful sedan with a supercharged 400 HP V8 that propelled it to 60 MPH in just over 5 seconds. Inside you found virtually every luxury feature available on a car in 2006.

Visually, the most notable difference between the standard Super V8 and the Super V8 Portfolio are the vents on the front fenders. I'm not sure if they do anything, but they let the world - or at least Jaguar aficionados - know that you have something special.

Inside the car the most notable difference is the rear seat, or seats in this case. The standard Super V8 seat has been replaced by two bucket seats and a fixed center console. I'm not sure why more car companies don't do this. When was the last time you had 3 people in the back seat of your sedan? The bucket seats look great and are better sculptured and therefore more comfortable than a bench. Unless you have young kids - and if you do you're probably driving an SUV or minivan - there really is no reason for a 3 person back seat.

This car has just 63,200 miles on it. It looks to be in immaculate condition. The asking price is just $19,995.00. That's less than a new Kia Optima.

But this is not a Kia. It's a Jaguar. While Jaguar's reliability and build quality has improved greatly since the early 1990s - it really had no place to go but up - it never got to Japanese or German standards. When things do go wrong, the repairs are almost always expensive. Regular, routine maintenance is the key to keeping a Jaguar happy.

If you buy this car prepared to spend some extra money on maintenance you'll be getting an incredibly cool British sports sedan at a fraction of its original cost. I would go so far as to say this is better than a Rolls or Bentley as its just as classy but not nearly as pretentious. If I had the extra cash and storage space, I would buy this in a heartbeat.

Located in Palm Springs, CA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful car. If I had spare $$ I would be all over this. My 2001 xjr has been a great vehicle. BTW, glad you have revived the site.

pickles said...

Cool. And I second the note that I'm glad you renewed this site. I look almost every day. Well done.

Scottiedog said...

Last of the proper Jags? Sat in many an XJR and it still blows me away the performance of the Supercharged V8. I'd argue a mid-90's Jag, 94 to 96 were to Japanese reliability standards, apart from the odd electrical gremlin, these were pretty solid. Can't say I have ever heard of a problem with the old straight six in those years, even the supercharged one....rust was the only killer of these....and boy did they rust...