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Jaguar XJ6 (XJ40): More luxury for less money is not possible

Jörg Künstle
Jaguar XJ6 (XJ40) from 3,900 euros as a used car
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V comparable to the Porsche 911 The appearance of the large Jaguar XJ6 sedan, built from 1968 to 2009, has only changed in detail. For the general public, an XJ6, XJ12 and, from 1997, an XJ8, alongside the E-Type, are still the ultimate Jaguar. And inside, at best, is a man of the world who also maintains his own style in other things and doesn't want to spend a fortune on his personal best car.

Glass blocks instead of double headlights

Actually, the appearance of the Jaguar XJ series only suffers from one major flaw. As with the 911 with the 'Fried Egg' -996, Jaguar had an embarrassing lamp slip from 1986 to 1994 with the series internally known as the XJ40: The British replaced the four round headlights with their characteristic bulges in the bonnet with two format-filling, deadly boring glass modules (Styled Headlamps). However, they were only used in the lavishly equipped XJ6 Sovereign and Daimler models, while a normal XJ6 was still allowed to illuminate its way with the four round headlights adopted from its predecessor.

However, viewed from the side, everyone is fascinating Jaguar XJ40 versions due to their successful proportions, their dynamism and fascinating light-footedness. There is hardly a better way to hide a length of almost five meters and an empty weight of 1,750 kilograms. The lion's share of this is provided by the low overall height of just 1.36 meters - around ten centimeters lower than comparable modern luxury limousines.

Jörg Künstle
Glass blocks: The new rectangular headlights of the XJ40 (Sovereign and Daimler models) were very controversial.

Large on the outside, compact on the inside

But the size is deceptive. The inside of the Jaguar XJ40 is as tightly cut as the current trouser fashion and offers just as much space at the front and back as a contemporary BMW 5 Series E34. To compensate for this, the top versions of the Brit shine with every conceivable level of equipment luxury. In addition, wood and leather like in the glorious 50s and 60s, when there were no other alternatives to bare, lacquered sheet metal.

Just the bizarre button panels on the left and right of the steering wheel that look like one could use it to shoot guided weapons, reminiscent of the modern plastic world in the Jaguar XJ40.

Six-cylinder with 24 valves

Jaguar donated the XJ series a modern four-valve in-line six-cylinder with a full four liters of displacement, which delivers 222 cat horsepower at a moderate 5,250 rpm. In combination with the five-speed manual transmission from Getrag, the aluminum machine can bring both its powerful torque and its unbraked revving pleasure to use immediately.

The V12 engine was only available in the Jaguar XJ40 body from 1993 , then even with six liters of displacement and 315 hp. We do not only recommend the reliable and significantly lighter six for reasons of cost. It gives the big Jaguar a very balanced, easily controllable, almost nimble driving behavior.

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The predecessor (and successor) XJ6 all had their characteristic four-eyed face.

This is how much a Jaguar XJ40 costs

The Jaguar XJ40 starts with the 3.2-liter engine, which costs around 6,900 euros in state 2. The 3.6-liter costs around 200 euros more, the 4-liter is 7,200 euros. In state 4, the three are tied with 1,600 to 1,600 euros. The top model with V12 engine costs 10,000 euros, in moderate condition 4 at 3,600 euros.

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