Jaguar XJ220 Pininfarina

Did James Glickenhaus’ re-bodied Enzo (the Ferrari P4/5) not do it for you? It seems the Sultan of Brunei and his brother Prince Jefri were obsessive about their supercars. With a collection much more impressive than Jay Leno’s, they went nuts in the mid-90′s, secretly buying hundreds of supercars and having them custom appointed by the best. In the case of this recently discovered 1995 Jaguar XJ220, they had Pininfarina redesign the body and interior.

Jaguar XJ220 Pininfarina

Noticeably better looking (in my opinion,) but it looks a bit like a smoothed-out Acura NSX (not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course.) You’ll notice the fixed headlights which replace the ugly pop-up lights help give the car a more aggressive stance. On a side note, I think all pop-up headlights should be abolished and replaced with the fixed beams. They look terrible when deployed, and destroy and good looks the car may have had when they were down, not to mention kill the aerodynamics.

Giving this car company in the Sultan’s garage were apparently two McLaren F1 LM’s, four astonishingly rare Ferrari FX‘s, and fifteen (yes, that’s 15) other XJ220′s. Oh yeah, and that was just one of his garages. At least he had good taste. I should make an “envy” category for these types of posts.

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  • Pop-up Popye

    "On a side note, I think all pop-up headlights should be abolished and replaced with the fixed beams. They look terrible when deployed, and destroy and good looks the car may have had when they were down, not to mention kill the aerodynamics."

    Tsk Tsk, Chris… Hidden headlights keep the car's design pure. Everyone knows that. Take a look at the original NSX (as you mentioned) and compare it to the later goofy, fixed-light version. Or take the Diablo. Wow, what a mess they made with that 300ZX-overstock headlight redesign.

    The Jag looks beautiful.. Its just unfortunate they put those JDM 180SX ebay headlights on it. Other than the stock (Pontiac hubcap?) wheels, it gets my thumbs up for sexy supercar.

  • http://www.automoblog.net/ Chris

    I agree that the redesigned NSX headlights look bad, and I prefer the pop-up headlights on that. However, that's the only car that I can think of where that applies. I love the Diablo (300ZX) headlights, and frankly don't even enjoy the looks of the Diablo before that.

  • ian

    As a life long Jaguar afficianado I have to say, this is by far the ugliest thing I have ever seen with a Jaguar badge on it. It is not as good looking as the origianal & nowhere near as eyecatching as the TWR xj220. Sir William Lyons probably rolled over in his grave the 1st time that car was seen in public. Twice.

  • http://www.barretire.com Tires

    I agree on popup headlights. They do look aweful and when they stop working it is a nightmare.

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  • hitharth shah

    this cars is so amazing……..

  • hitharth shah

    nyc car……