This yr marks 50 years for the reason that Jaguar XJ6 first hit the streets, and it’s laborious now to conceive the influence this low-slung, groundbreaking magnificence had in 1968.
If it was a visible delight, it was much more spectacular to drive and to be in: no different automotive on the time was so hushed and no different rode so effectively.
The Sequence 2 improved the breed subtly whereas the Sequence three, with its ugly bumpers and raised rear roofline, improved the house however lacked the grace. One thing new was wanted to launch the XJ into the trendy period, and the all-new XJ40, launched in 1986, was the reply. Its angular styling and fashionable inside with all that digital wizardry didn’t initially meet with the wholehearted approval of conventional Jaguar lovers.
Nevertheless, it was an excellent automotive to drive, with a splendidly compliant trip and clean new all-alloy inline six engines. It additionally had a chassis so good that it gained over many drivers.
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What didn’t win the XJ40 so many followers was the construct high quality. That each one-electric instrument panel gave bother and the assorted mini- computer systems and microprocessors behind the scenes have been identified to fail too. Rust was an enormous downside and the engines had a query mark over them, with oil leaks and studies of head gasket points, and even the hydraulic suspension gave bother.
50 years of the Jaguar XJ
Nevertheless, some say this popularity isn’t utterly deserved, particularly on the later fashions. We discovered one on PistonHeads, a well-maintained 1993 automotive with a full service historical past and solely 80,000 miles, up for simply £4600. It represents fairly good worth for an XJ, though all the same old caveats will nonetheless apply when shopping for this or any outdated Jag. Anticipate hefty payments.
Lotus Esprit, £21,995:
This well-maintained 74,000-mile S3 Esprit has a 160bhp 2.2-litre engine mounted midships, ok to propel it from zero to 62mph in 6.7sec. Regardless that it’s greater than 30 years outdated, it nonetheless seems to be gorgeous. Certainly, it’s fairly potential you gained’t get something decrease and wider for this form of cash.
Honda Odyssey, £4995:
This privately imported 2016 Honda encompasses a 200bhp 2.Four-litre VTEC petrol engine for mum or dad up entrance, and has seven seats for the household to fill. It’s well-equipped, too, and a cut price at this worth. This Odyssey will surely be good to return Homer to each evening.
Vauxhall VX220, £8450:
So that you’ve bought a mid-engined two-seater that dispatches Zero-62mph in 5.9sec and has dealing with that matches an Elise’s, and with a mere 69,000 miles exhibiting, all for simply over £8k. What’s to not like? Er, effectively, the badge, possibly, however when you can overlook that, you’ve bought your self a sports activities automotive cut price.
Mercedes-Benz E280, £5250:
This huge Mercedes property gained a popularity for indestructibility, which suggests this 1994 instance with solely 134,000 miles is barely run-in. There’s additionally a 2.Eight-litre six-cylinder petrol engine up entrance and oodles of house within the rear. The primary proprietor was Earl Spencer, so this automotive would possibly swimsuit you royally.
Public sale watch:
BMW 750i: It’s not typically you may snap up the identical form of automotive James Bond drove in one of many movies for peanuts, however this 1997 BMW 750i not too long ago went at public sale for £1650.
Okay, purists will observe that this automotive is on the usual wheelbase, whereas the automotive 007 utilized in Tomorrow By no means Dies was really the long-wheelbase 750iL mannequin, however who’s quibbling over a couple of inches? Anyway, his automotive was a lot shorter by the top of the film. This one has all its bodywork intact, a creamy V12 beneath the bonnet and even a present MOT. You possibly can’t drive it from the again seat, although.
Get it when you can:
Mazda 6, Value new £25,795. Value now £14,690: Anybody searching for a reliable household saloon that’s each well-equipped and good to drive may do loads worse than rock up at their native Mazda vendor and get themselves inside a 6. This yr, Mazda took the step of facelifting the automotive, with minor mods to the styling, suspension tweaks and a brand new engine choice. Nevertheless, purchase a 2017 pre-facelift model of our favorite 2.2nd SE L Nav mannequin and you could possibly save greater than £11,000, sufficient for a protracted household vacation to the Cayman Islands.
Conflict of the classifieds:
Temporary: Gents, I’m considering of getting a canine, so I’m after an entertaining property automotive. I’ll provide you with a funds of £20,000 to seek out me one.
Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Property £17,995:
As we all know, the Mercedes E-Class is the perfect used property automotive, so, by affiliation, this E55 AMG is the best automotive ever. For starters, it has seven seats. For the principle, it’s a rear-drive AMG automotive, so there’s a lot larger probability of thrilling dealing with. And, for dessert, it has a 5.Four-litre supercharged V8 with 469bhp and cracks 62mph in Four.8sec, making it quicker and extra arousing than Alex’s stolid A6 with a faux Lamborghini engine. Max Adams
Audi S6 Avant £19,990:
The issue with Max’s E55 is that it’s a W211 – the era of E-Class notable for its doubtful reliability. Against this, this 52,000-mile C6-generation Audi S6 is among the most hallowed of its sort, with an excellent 5.2-litre V10. You additionally get all-wheel drive, making it genuinely usable on the muddy tracks the place Mark might want to stroll his labradoodle. ALEX ROBBINS
Verdict: Each mega, however the youthful, more energizing, lower-mileage, four-wheel-drive S6 will get the nod from me. Can’t resist a V10, in spite of everything. Now, the place’s that canine? MARK PEARSON
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