More than 10Â years in the making, the XJ40 was Jaguarâ€™s bold leap into the 1980sâ€¦ however, the rest of the industry was already looking forward to the 1990s.Â The XJ40â€™s development was dogged by external political pressures, and thwarted by policy changesâ€¦ and yet, the end product lived up to the great marques core values.
The matter of the original XJ6â€™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 marqueâ€™s strong values are incorporated in the new car. The XJ40 project was formalised during a meeting between Raymond â€˜Loftyâ€™ 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 â€“ with a development of this car in production, and highly regarded, at the turn of the 21st century.
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