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2001 Jaguar XKR Convertible (450 Grand Prix)

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  • Mileage~85,366
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine4.0L
  • LocationLiverpool


2001 Jaguar XKR Convertible (450 Grand Prix)

Now available for sale


Paul Wright
Professional Consigner

4.0L Supercharged V8 - The perfect combination from one of Great Britain's greatest manufacturers.

Project X100 was launched at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5th, 1996. Project X100 was the name used for the now more commonly known Jaguar XK8. The new model brought brand new standards to the luxury car market. Available as either a coupe or convertible, the sales expectations were exceeded by far, and the XK8 became the fastest selling sports car in Jaguar’s history. The engine choice for the new 2+2 grand tourer was Jaguar’s new 4.0 litre V8 engine, which produced an impressive 290BHP and 290 ft-lb.

It was in 1998 when the more powerful supercharged XKR joined the XK8. With 370BHP on tap, the supercharged monster featured an Eaton supercharger and a new intercooler. In addition, there were a couple of telltale signs that there was something a little extra packing under the bonnet, like the louvres in the bonnet to improve airflow, the mesh grille and the rear spoiler.

This example is coming to market from 9 years ownership, most of which it has been squirrelled away in dry storage. When the car was ordered new, very quickly it had the "450 Grand Prix" by Paramount Performance upgrades actioned, making it that extra bit special. The 450 refers to the engine being upgraded to push out 450BHP, and other options included a custom exhaust, carbon and aluminium body upgrades to customer specification, sports suspension upgrades with Bilstein shocks, and some interior trim tweaks too. Put that all together in convertible form like this example, and you have quite a different beast to a stock XKR.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Paul after meeting David the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I got a call from a friend in the trade saying I have the perfect car for you - how right was he!

David has owned this 2001 Jaguar XKR Grand Prix convertible for nine years. In that time, he has covered less than ~10,000 miles. He used the car initially when he got it for two years, and then with work, life and little time, it sat in his garage for a few years, just being moved in and out of the garage. 2017 saw the car used again for 12 months before work commitments got in the way, and having had no real time to enjoy it, the Jag was then parked back up until now.

David has now decided to part with the XKR as the space is needed for another classic Jaguar, which is nearing completion, and the space will be required to store that one. Please feel free to ask David any questions in the comments below.

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With a mesh grille, bonnet louvres and a Paramount Performance carbon and aluminium body kit, this Big Cat looks every bit as menacing as it is.

Wheels and Tyres

The BBS 2 piece split rims have some light corrosion to the surfaces, mainly around the centre cap area, and there are some slight scuffs on the rims. This could easily be rectified by your local wheel refurbishing company. The tyres look to have a good amount of tread remaining.

Please see the image gallery to take a closer look at the wheels.


The bodywork on this 2001 convertible is in good condition. There are no major dings or dents to point out from our view. The doors, boot and bonnet look to align as they should with an equal panel gap. There has been a "Paramount Performance" body kit fitted in April 2001 which was arranged through Hartwell Jaguar before they registered it. The kit comprises of front and rear fairings, side sills and a chrome grille. The kit is made from carbon fibre and aluminium and cost £5,300 plus painting and fitting.

The roof looks to be in good condition with no areas for concern, and it goes up and down as it should. There is also a tonneau cover and wind deflector, which can be fitted.

The images taken are from various angles and reflections to show off this 2001 Jaguar XKR at its absolute best, as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves.


The XKR is finished in the wonderful "Anthracite Pearl Metallic" (PED) black pain. It's a great colour choice for this "Grand Prix", paired with black interior.

It looks to have had the bonnet and bumper repainted at some point before David took ownership, and the rear bumper has also seen some paintwork. There are a few age-related light scratches dotted about, along with some stone chips that come with age and use, and a couple of small bubbles on the lower sections of the rear quarters. Please see our detailed gallery showing the whole exterior.

Glass and Trim

The windows are all in good order, with no noticeable scratches to be seen. The side windows have a light smoke window tint film fitted which has started to come off on the corner of the driver's window and has also bubbled up on the passenger window. An afternoon's work would soon have this removed back to clear glass.

The window trims on the doors and quarter windows have suffered some corrosion, setting in like most of this age. These are made from aluminium which would need to be sanded back and repainted to rectify this. The headlights lenses are nice and bright, with no damage to be seen, and the same can be said for the rear light clusters.


Warm charcoal is the colour option for the trim inside this XKR, the black over black colourway suits the sporty nature of this car.

Seats and Carpets

The seats in the Jaguar have been finished in leather which has the colour code of "LEG Warm Charcoal". The seats are generally in good condition holding shape, but with some age related wear to be expected, more visible given the colour. However, several companies can supply the correct colour should you wish to treat and recolour them.

The carpets are in good order, with a set of factory mats adding extra protection. There is a small hole in the heel pad of the mat. Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.


The dashboard is in good condition, along with the rare option of grey maple veneer, a suitable contrast to the black colourway used for the leather.

The instruments are in excellent condition and are all reported to be working as they should, with the odometer displaying a reading of ~85,366 miles. Please see the interior gallery for more hi-resolution images.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

Half leather, half wood, the steering wheel is in good condition with very little wear to be seen. The multifunction controls are also in good condition with no wear to the lettering.

The gear knob is in good order with the "Grand Prix" polished surround and the lettering is all intact with no wear. The pedals are also custom items that could be optioned by "Paramount Performance" as part of the upgrades. Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.


4.0L supercharged is certainly enough to keep you entertained, the XKR was the pick of the bunch.

Engine and Gearbox

At the same time as having the body kit fitted at "Paramount Performance", they also carried out the XKR 450 engine upgrade. In 2007 the XKR had a replacement engine and supercharger fitted by Swallows Jaguar specialists at the cost of £7,135.28. At the time of the engine replacement, the mileage was ~54,291 miles.

The XKR starts up as it should with no untoward noises coming from the engine. You will notice it is louder than any other XKR, thanks to the full "Grand Prix" exhaust system with oval tailpipes and Tigercat sound level (which is not like a pussy cat!).

The XKR pulls like a train through the gearbox with a smooth and quick gearchange and no noises coming from the transmission or drivetrain.

Suspension and Brakes

"Paramount Performance" also took care of the suspension setup with shorter springs bringing a slightly lower stance and these are coupled to Bilstein shock absorbers. As a result, the ride is firm as you would expect but not harsh or crashy.

The brakes bring the supercharged car to a halt straight and even, with no pulling to the left or right, and there are no apparent signs of any lip to the edge of the discs.

The Drive

The drive in the XKR is fantastic. It sounds fantastic and doesn’t fail to draw attention as the supercharged 4.0L flies by. Perfect for the summer, roof down and listen to that perfect V8 soundtrack.

Electrics and Other

Everything in the car is reported to be working just as it should to Davids knowledge. The switchgear all looks to be in good order. The factory fit head-unit is coupled to the boot mounted CD multi-changer.

There is a CD multi-changer in the boot fitted to the right-hand side. Although one has come off the boot lid, the warning triangles are present. The spare wheel is present, along with the jack and wheel brace. The air conditioning operates but could require a re-gas to get the temperature a cooler.

History and Paperwork

Over ~£16,000 of options were fitted to this XKR 450 Grand Prix when it was ordered new, they make this convertible that extra bit special.

The owner’s manuals are present for the Jaguar along with the service book, which has several stamps. Where the service book hasn’t been stamped, there are several invoices showing work carried out over the years. One of the main invoices is for the upgrades from "Paramount Performance", totalling over £16,000 in options when new.

Most recently, David has just had two new lambda sensors fitted, some other maintenance work and an MOT carried out, which cost over ~£900.00 to ensure it is ready for its new owner. As mentioned previously, the car had an engine swap later in its life by Jaguar specialists "Swallows", back to a standard XKR 4.0L block.

We’ve done all include seller checks, including photo ID, and V5 and also actioned an HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
28.04.2022 MOT 85,358
25.01.2017 MOT 80,173
07.07.2014 MOT 79,050
06.03.2013 MOT 76,709
12.11.2012 Service 76,488
30.01.2012 MOT 75,282
27.02.2011 MOT 72,781
30.01.2010 MOT 70,132
04.02.2009 MOT 63,912
08.02.2008 MOT 56,635
20.10.2007 Replacement engine 54,291
09.02.2007 MOT 52,856
09.02.2006 MOT 50,976
06.01.2006 Service 50,148
07.09.2004 Service 40,374
06.11.2003 Service 29,812
03.04.2003 Service 20,762
12.06.2002 Service 11,463
Key Details
  • ModelXKR Convertible (450 Grand Prix)
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date01.03.2001
  • CC3,996
  • Mileage~85,366
  • ColourAnthracite Pearl Metallic Black
  • Interior ColourWarm Charcoal Black
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #SAJAC42N91PA16819
  • Engine #PB0012120845
  • Matching #sNo
  • MOTExp, 27.04.2023
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers3
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~9 years
  • Key FeatureParamount Performance Grand Prix Upgrades
  • Auction ID425123

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Market View

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