Junkyard Find: 1999 Jaguar XJR

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, RH front view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
Say it’s 1999 and you’re shopping for a powerful and flashy European luxury sedan. Do you spend $51,300 for a new Mercedes-Benz E430? $65,000 for an Audi A8 4.2? A gleaming BMW 740i with a $66,970 price tag? Or do you pony up $68,450 for the Jaguar XJR, knowing it will depreciate faster than Confederate money after Appomattox… and not caring, because you’re such a baller that you know you’ll get another Jag in a couple of years?

Today’s Junkyard Find, spotted in a Northern California self-service yard, shows us what happens to such a car when it ends up in the hands of its third or fourth owner.

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, rodent nests - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
The supercharger is long gone, and the engine’s valley became a luxurious rodent nest during the years of storage that took place after something costing five figures broke.

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, spark plug holes - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
Someone went to the trouble to stuff up the spark plug holes, indicating that thoughts of repairing this 370-horse monster stayed at least somewhat alive. For a while.

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, warranty booklet - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
Don’t think of this car the way it looks now. Think of it when it was new, probably in the hands of a freshy-minted Bay Area venture capitalist, no doubt flush with money from big deals involving the likes of Pets.com or Webvan. In other words, a 27-year-old who was driving a salvage-title Hyundai Accent by 2003.

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, rear seats - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
Most of the XJR-specific trim is gone, but a shadow of the car’s former devil-may-car opulence remains. We haven’t seen many Jaguars in this series, for some reason— just this 2000 S-Type and this 1987 XJ-S.

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, Portuguese relays - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
Portuguese relays with Jaguar branding! That’s even better than relays by The Prince of Darkness.

“It has never been and never will be for everyone.”

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, RH front view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, B pillar badge - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, engine - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, warranty booklet - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, radio - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, LH rear view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, Portuguese relays - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, engine - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, rodent nests - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, spark plug holes - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, front view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, LH front view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, center console - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

1999 Jaguar XJR in California wrecking yard, rear seats - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars