I still remember the hoopla around the Jaguar XK8 when it came out in the mid-1990s. It was the first Jaguar sports car in ages, replacing the ancient XJS, which itself had replaced the E-Type about 20 years before. The XK8 was cool, and hot, and new, and exciting, and I had a scale model of one. It was one of the hottest cars in years.
Well, it’s been 20 years since that happened, and Jaguar has moved through two other sports cars — the later XK, and now the F-TYPE. And now these XK8 models, which were so cool ages ago, are now incredibly cheap.
Behold, this 1998 XK8 Coupe, which is offered for sale by Texas Cars Direct in Dallas for a mere $5,999. The Carfax report is clean, and the car looks pretty nice — and this price isn’t really out of line. This is what these go for now, and it’s very easy to pick one up for under $10,000. I specifically sought out this one for today’s "Autotrader Find," as the coupe models are unusually rare these days, even though I remember seeing a lot of them back in the 1990s.
It’s almost amazing to me how inexpensive these are, as I still remember when they were the coolest cars around. Then again, it’s also almost amazing to me how the design has aged, as I still remember when they were the newest and boldest-looking Jags on the market. Time has certainly passed on the XK8, but you have to admit: For six grand, it’d probably be worth enjoying one of these today. Find a Jaguar XK8 for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.