The truth that Jay Kay nonetheless maintains an in depth assortment of vehicles regardless of not having successful since, nicely, this aspect of the millennium simply goes to point out how large Jamiroquai was within the Nineties. Heck, it wasn’t that way back when he was noticed driving what’s believed to be a one-of-one Sign Inexperienced LaFerrari, to not point out the black Porsche 918 Spyder that cropped up on the classifieds final yr.
That’s the factor with Jay Kay. He’s not one to hoard vehicles in an enormous assortment (not that we all know of, anyway), as an alternative promoting them on to make method for one thing that he’ll really use and, due to this fact, get snapped driving outdoors some swish London lodge. So we regularly see a good variety of his vehicles seem on PH – together with this relatively magnificent Aston Martin V8 Vantage X-Pack.
The unique V8 Vantage was a legndary previous brute, and we’re all aware of Bond driving one right into a barn in The Residing Daylights. The X-Pack took issues to a different degree, though it did away with the deployable skis, missiles and jet engine as seen on the Bond automobile. Constructed between 1986 and 89, the X-Pack launched a raft of updates over the bottom V8 Vantage together with 4 dual-barrel Weber carburettors, Nimrod racing-type heads, bigger valves and excessive compression pistons from Cosworth. This upped the 5.3-litre V8’s output to 432hp, not far off what supercars of the day had been able to.
Telling the X-Pack aside from the common Vantages is simple, too, trying as if it might deck you only for gazing it. Flared wheel arches give it a very muscular look, together with a, er, sizeable energy bulge on the bonnet and a far deeper entrance bumper that acted as an air dam. Most likely probably the most recognisable X-Pack characteristic is the blanked-out grille (not solely positive how that helps with cooling) however some vehicles had been specced with a extra typical mesh end.
Blanking plate or not, the X-Pack is an exceptionally uncommon variant of a automobile constructed within the a whole lot. Manufacturing numbers fluctuate right here and there, however the itemizing claims that solely 95 examples had been produced, with this explicit automobile being simply one in every of two completed in Litchfield Black Metallic. The X-Packs had been provided with an computerized gearbox, what with it being an enormous grand tourer at coronary heart, however this model comes with a handbook. Higher give that left leg a exercise for what will likely be a particularly heavy clutch.
We all know Jay Kay retains his vehicles in immaculate situation but likes to take them out for a spin, and this Vantage isn’t any exception. It’s lined 37,500 miles and has the right combine of fresh paintwork with properly aged leather-based. Wager you the cabin smells unimaginable. Its 1989 registration means it’s one of many previous few vehicles of the ’77-spec V8 Vantages earlier than the Ford period.
The asking worth is £399,995, which doesn’t make it the most cost effective V8 Vantage on sale, however we’d argue it’s value it for a final of the road model in pristine situation. And having Jay Kay listed as a earlier proprietor by no means harm a automobile’s residuals, both…