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This is gonna hurt! This appears to be a poor Jaguar XJ220 found abandoned in the Qatari desert. According to reports the car was originally sold in Dubai and last seen six years ago in Beirut, Lebanon. It was found abandoned with only 560 miles on the clock. Once the rarest car on earth, this poor car was just discarded like an empty beer can.
At the time this XJ220 was introduced it was worth $650,000 and was a 212 mph supercar. Originally it was to be powered by a Tom Walkinshaw tuned V-12 engine with all-wheel drive and some cool scissor doors. By the time the car was produced, the drivetrain was changed to rear-wheel drive, the engine to a turbocharged V-6, the doors opened like any normal car, and the pricetag went up by $70,000. Needless to say, not many people were happy with the changes and lawsuits flew like sparrows. Still, they did get one of the most beautiful supercars in the world even if some of the parts were from other automaker's bins, like the rearview mirrors sourced from the Citroen CX2.
This particular XJ220 is finished in Lemans Blue and would still bring in an easy quarter million once you did a little cleaning. How the car got to be abandoned in the desert is unclear, but it does make you wonder about its former owner. It is believed to be the only one out there, but just in case, I think I will bring my metal detector next time I am in Qatar.
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