These days, Jaguar manufactures reasonable luxury vehicles for reasonable luxury vehicle purchasers, and it doesn’t really make anything that’s especially odd or bizarre. But that wasn’t always the case. For decades, Jaguar was a brand that was notably full of "character," turning out some strange cars that included some strange powertrains and some rather dismal reliability records. Here are the six most unusual Jaguar models currently listed for sale on Autotrader.
The F-TYPE SVR might not be as weird as some of the other cars on this list, but it’s certainly unusual — especially finished in the eye-blindingly bright "Ultra Blue Metallic." This is a certified pre-owned example with just 479 miles, and it’s offered by Jaguar Orlando for a pricey $122,979 — big money for a Jaguar, especially considering that the F-TYPE’s starting price is around half that figure. But the SVR is no regular F-TYPE model: It makes a whopping 575 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, it makes some amazing sounds and it’s far less common than its F-TYPE brethren. Find a Jaguar F-TYPE for sale
This is a fairly standard 2000 Jaguar S-TYPE with the optional 4.0-liter V8 engine and 150,000 miles — with one exception: It’s wrapped in chrome. The entire car. I’m not sure what color is underneath the chrome, but the ad states this is "just an absolutely beautiful car," so perhaps you’ll never want to pull off the chrome to find out. Not surprisingly, this S-TYPE is offered by a private seller near Las Vegas, and it has a rather optimistic asking price of $32,000 — about four times the going rate for a non-chrome-wrapped S-TYPE. Find a Jaguar S-TYPE for sale
Although many enthusiasts know there was a stick-shift Jaguar X-TYPE, fewer are aware that Jaguar also offered a manual transmission for the first few years of the larger S-TYPE sedan’s run. Only available with the 3.0-liter V6 engine, the S-Type’s manual had a tremendously low take rate, and this is currently the only one listed for sale on Autotrader — and one of the few I’ve ever seen, even in photographs. It’s available at Oasis Park and Sell in the Houston area for $7,400. Find a Jaguar S-TYPE for sale
The Jaguar X-TYPE was a dismal failure for the Jaguar brand; a misguided attempt to join BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz in the entry-level luxury sedan market. Nonetheless, it spawned some interesting variants, including a stick-shift model and also this one: a station wagon, which they called the X-TYPE Sportwagon. Unfortunately, nobody was really convinced by the word "sport" in the title, and the X-TYPE Sportwagon sold about as poorly as every other wagon in the United States. This is one of a few on Autotrader, and it’s offered for $5,990 with 184,000 miles by Carolina Volvo in Bluffton, South Carolina. Find a Jaguar X-TYPE for sale
Probably the most bizarre and unusual Jaguar on our list is this one: a 1988 Jaguar XJS V12 Coupe with a manual swap. The listing suggests the conversion cost about $10,000 to do, and notes this car also features a custom suspension setup, anti-sway bars and a Borla exhaust — none of which you’d expect to find in any Jaguar, let alone a V12-powered XJS. This especially rare Jaguar is offered with just under 29,000 miles by Auto Dynamics in Houston for $24,899 — and while that’s a lot for an XJS, good luck finding another one built to this specification. Find a Jaguar XJS for sale
The Jaguar XK8 was sold throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s as the long-overdue replacement for the XJS. Most XK8 models were sold in rational, normal colors such as silver, or black, or (unfortunately) gold, but this one was different. This one was sold in what I’d describe as "teal green," or what the seller is describing as an "extremely rare factory color" called "aquamarine pearl metallic." This XK8 has just 56,000 miles, and it’s for sale in St. Augustine, Florida, for $12,500. Find a Jaguar XK8 for sale