Jaguar XJ (XJ40)

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More than 10 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 matter of the original XJ6’s replacement is treated as a priority in the early 1970s, and it is decided even at this early stage to ensure that all of the marque’s strong values are incorporated in the new car. The XJ40 project was formalised during a meeting between Raymond ‘Lofty’ England and Bob Knight, on 1 October 1972, and it is this event that really marks the beginning of a new era at Jaguar. Few would imagine that this car would undergo a protracted development programme, which would result in the car being launched in 1986 – with a development of this car in production, and highly regarded, at the turn of the 21st century.

The cars : Jaguar XJ40 development story

The cars : Jaguar XJ40 development story

More than 10 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… […]

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ41/42

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ41/42

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 genuine and traditionally styled replacement for the car. It was to be a Jaguar, which would wear the F-type moniker with conviction.

Unsung Heroes : Jaguar XJ40

Unsung Heroes : Jaguar XJ40

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 […]

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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 […]

Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ40, part 2

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 […]

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Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ40, part 1

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 […]

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Car of the Month : May 2006

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

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

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 […]

Archive : The Jaguar XJ6 4.0S tested

Archive : The Jaguar XJ6 4.0S tested

THE INDEPENDENT MOTORING / Auto Biography: The Jaguar XJ6 4.0.S in 0-60 seconds JOHN FORDHAM IF A Mercedes Benz purrs like a disk-drive, a Jaguar sounds like a high wind in a big chimney. Ford stakeholding or not, Jaguars have not rationalised themselves into ‘world car’ anonymity. They have stayed synonymous with a still evocative […]

Archive : BL go-ahead for £90m new Jaguar project

Archive : BL go-ahead for £90m new Jaguar project

By Peter Waymark The board of BL has given an important vote of confidence to Jaguar by, approving the concept of a new range of luxury saloons to come on the market in the mid-1980s. A detailed programme for the car, code-named XJ40, will go before- the board at the beginning of next year. The […]

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Archive : XJ40 shown to BLMC management

Archive : XJ40 shown to BLMC management

JAGUAR – The XJ40 proposal shown to Lord Stokes and John Barber.

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Archive : Jaguar XJ40 in front of the board

Archive : Jaguar XJ40 in front of the board

JAGUAR BOARD MEETING Subject XJ40 Model “It has been decided to alter the clay styling model and this work is proceeding. Mr England congratulated Mr Knight on his efforts and the fact that he had virtually lived on the job for the last three months.”

Archive : Jaguar XJ40

Archive : Jaguar XJ40

JAGUAR – XJ40 full scale models at Browns Lane.