XJ (XJ40)

The cars : Jaguar XJ40 development story

The cars : Jaguar XJ40 development story

Over ten years in the making, the XJ40 was Jaguar’s bold leap into the 1980s… however, the rest of the industry was already looking forward to the 1990s. The XJ40′s development was dogged by external political pressures, and thwarted by policy changes… and yet, the end product lived up to the great marques core values… […]

The cars : Jaguar X300/X308

The cars : Jaguar X300/X308

With Ford’s money behind it, Jaguar was going places during the early-1990s – and the X300 was a clear indication that Uncle Henry wanted the best for the Leaping Cat, sticking rigidly to marque values… perhaps too rigidly. Ian Nicholls charts the history of the impressive X300/308 and wonders what might have been… Back to […]

The cars : Jaguar X350

The cars : Jaguar X350

So closely did the X350 look like its XJ40-based predecessor, that many buyers would be forgiven for thinking that it wasn’t a new car at all. But as Ian Nicholls explains, the aluminium bodied XJ was really rather revolutionary under the skin… Hiding under a bushell THE Jaguar X350 saloon was probably the most controversial […]

Unsung Heroes : Jaguar XJ40

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Keith Adams celebrates yet another car that currently resides in the doldrums of the Bangernomics world But the Jaguar XJ40 was possibly the best car in the world when it was launched… even if it set Jaguar down a  course of Retro design that lasted until 2008! Credit where it’s due Right now, Jaguar is […]

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ41/42

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ41/42

The idea to produce an F-Type Jaguar has been on the back-boiler for a long time. The XJ41 and XJ42 came tantalisingly close to production. The first F-type FOLLOWING the inability of the XJ-S to convincingly replace the Jaguar E-type, there was an internal pressure from the the design and engineering teams to produce a […]

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ40, part 2

By 1977, the XJ40 style was all-but defined. It seems amazing to us now that it would take a further nine years for it to reach production. Ian Nicholls charts gives you the run-down. From ’77 to launch – XJ40 is set in stone Summer 1977 There’s still some indecision about the rear lamp treatment […]

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ40, part 1

The first full-sized XJ40 prototype appeared in 1973, yet it wasn’t until 1986 that it actually went on sale – is this the longest gestation period in BL’s history? Ian Nicholls charts the genesis in pictures… From ’72 to ’77… XJ40 evolves September 1972: Styling scale models IT’S clear to see that the XJ40 programme […]

Car of the month : May 2006

WE all love the Jaguar XJ40 around here – there’s a Jaguarness that sets it apart from its executive car contemporaries, but there’s just a teensy-weensy bit of BL in there to keep us hardened Leylandphiles satisfied… After the enjoyment of Staples2Naples 2005 in an Austin Allegro, we’ve decided to take an XJ40 to the […]

Long term test : Jaguar Sovereign

Launched in 1986, the Jaguar XJ40 was the result of an extremely extended gestation period beginning in 1972… A fully-loaded executive car, the first product of the revitalised Jaguar Car company under John Egan. However, in familiar BL tradition, the car sometimes suffered from a lot of faults; some from new and others as the […]

Why we love the… Jaguar XJ40

James Copp-Taylor on the Jaguar XJ40… So, you’ve been driving the very best British 80’s executive motoring has to offer, you know all there is to know about un-reliable electrics, rust on earlier examples etc, you’d think I’d learnt my lesson, and would be moving on to something sensible, and boring. An Audi V8 for […]