RELIABILITY: No major faults reported so far but regular specialist servicing is essential.
MORE: SEP 1994 New XJ Series: XJ6 3.2, Sovereign 3.2 and 3.2 Sport (all 219 bhp, 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic); Sovereign 4.0, 4.0 Sport (both 249 bhp) and XJR 4.0 Supercharged (326 bhp), all with 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic; and XJ12 6.0 (318 bhp, 4-speed automatic). All models have independent suspension, variable rate power assisted steering and anti-lock brakes. 3.2 has steel wheels, other models have alloy wheels. All models have twin airbags, electric windows, heated electric mirrors, remote central locking, 8-speaker audio, front fog lamps, alarm and immobiliser. Sport and XJR have uprated suspension. Sovereign, XJR and XJ12 have air conditioning, electric front seat adjustment and walnut veneer trim, Sovereign and XJ12 have leather upholstery.
JUN 1995 Long-wheelbase versions of XJ6, Sovereign and XJ12 models available at extra cost.
AUG 1995 XJ6 4.0 launched in UK, available as standard Saloon or LWB Saloon at extra cost.
APR 1996 XJ Executive 3.2 automatic Saloon launched in UK with climate control, leather seat facings and sports style seats.
OCT 1996 All models have restyled 3-seater rear bench seat. 3.2 Sport has automatic climate control. 4.0 Sovereign now has standard LWB body and new 20-spoke alloy wheels.
SEP 1997 Revised range: VJ Sport 3.2 V8 and XJ8 3.2 (240 bhp), XJ8 4.0 and Sovereign 4.0 V8 LWB (290 bhp), and XJR 4.0 V8 Supercharged (370 bhp), with more rounded bumpers and grille, 5-speed automatic, alloy wheels, automatic electronic stability control, front side airbags and automatic climate control. XJ8 3.2 and Sovereign have Touring suspension; XJ Sport 3.2, XJ8 4.0 and XJR have Sports suspension (CATS adaptive suspension standard on XJR, optional on other models except Sovereign). 4.0 models have traction control, electric front seats. All models except XJ Sport 3.2 have leather upholstery (sports seats on XJR).
SEP 1998 Standard wheelbase 4.0 Sovereign Saloon launched. Revisions: Servotronic II power steering and detailed engine modifications on all models; uprated front disc brakes on 4.0 XJR; Sports suspension option with 16" or 17" alloy wheels on Sovereign.
COMMENTS: This 'Big Cat' gives massive power and deluxe comfort in a slightly retro-classic kind of way. Punishing running costs make careful selection essential. Cabin is even more luxurious than before.
TYPE: 2 Door Coupe
RELIABILITY: Jaguars ultimate car comes with an ultimate price tag so if you can afford one garage bills are not going to be of much concern to you
MORE: The XJ220 was dreamed up by Jaguar's chief designer, Jim Randle
The XJ220, unlike other supercars, was actually a spare time project - Jaguar engineers (secretly at first) started designing and building the car on the weekends
The XJ220 first appeared at the 1988 Birmingham Motor Show
The original XJ220 concept featured a V12, unlike the twin-turbo V6 that was in the production car
Body panels for the XJ220 were made from bonded-aluminum honeycomb
Only 350 XJ220s were ever built
COMMENTS: XJ220 a Saturday afternoon project that blossomed into one of the fastest road cars ever. It was eventually overtaken by the smaller Mclaren F1 but the Jaguar will never be forgotten for its size, beauty, phenomenal pace and grip. It has a 3.5 liter V6 engine with twin turbos producing 549 BHP at 7200 r.p.m. which can take the car from 0 - 100mph in 7.3 seconds.
JAGUAR XJ6 / SOVEREIGN / XJ12 (1986 - 1994)
TYPE: 4-Door Saloon.
SIZE: 4978 x 2007
RELIABILITY: Too many neglected ones about so seek specialist advice when buying.
MORE: SEP 1989 XJ6 4.0 and Sovereign 4.0 launched.
SEP 1990 XJ6 3.2 launched with 3239cc engine. All models now have 'Cat'. Sports pack optional on all models.
SEP 1991 Electrically adjustable front seats on 3.2 and 4.0.
SEP 1992 Revisions include new front spoiler, detailed engine improvements, integrated security system, and extensive interior changes including 8-speaker audio system and driver's side airbag.
OCT 1992 Special 'Insignia' finishing and trim available at extra cost, priced according to specification including airbag.
MAR 1993 XJ12 6.0 (318 bhp) launched with electronic 4-speed automatic, limited slip differential, revised suspension and full luxury specification including airbag.
APR 1993 XJ6 3.2S launched with uprated suspension, 5-spoke alloy wheels with low-profile tyres, and special trim.
SEP 1993 XJ6 4.0S launched with uprated suspension, 5-spoke 16" alloy wheels, colour keyed radiator grille vanes and mirrors and special trim. Revisions to all models include driver's airbag, self-dipping rear view mirror and new column stalk controls. High-security engine immobiliser system optional.
FEB 1994 XJ6 3.2 Gold launched: alloy wheels and leather trim.
COMMENTS: Classic style and lots of car for the money if you choose carefully and buy from a specialist. Big bills all round so buy only the best with history. Almost a cheap and cheerful option these days, loved by flash geezers. Only look at leather and automatic options to avoid resale problems.
RELIABILITY: Best with history and bought from a specialist. Watch out for worn suspension, driveshaft and shocks, all very expensive to replace. Rust now appearing in earlier models can be terminal.
MORE: SEP 1990 'Cat' fitted to V12 models. Limited edition 'Le Mans' XJ-S V12 (not listed) launched in UK.
MAY 1991 4.0 Coupe launched with 3980cc engine and 'Cat'. Uprated 280 bhp 5.3 V12 models have new fuel control system and low-loss catalyst. All models have styling revisions including new grille, new headlamps and new rear wings. And restyled interior with new sports seats. New fascia and walnut veneer trim.
OCT 1991 Revised XJR-S Coupe launched in the UK.
MAY 1992 4.0 Convertible launched with 3980 cc 'Cat'-equipped engine and automatic transmission.
SEP 1992 All models have driver's side airbag safety system. Optional 'Touring' suspension available on 4.0 Coupe. 5-speed gearbox now available on 4.0 Convertible.
OCT 1992 Special 'Insignia' coachwork and trim available at extra cost, priced according to specification.
MAY 1993 Revised range: new bumpers, restyled alloy wheels, new alarm and detailed improvements. Coupe models have standard 'Sports' suspension ('Touring' suspension optional), Convertibles have standard 'Touring' suspension ('Sports' suspension optional) and 2+2 seating. V12 models now have 6.0 engine (5994cc) and new GM 4 speed automatic transmission.
SEP 1993 Revisions include improved heat/vent system, passenger airbag. High-security immobiliser system option available.
JUN 1994 Revisions: 241 bhp engine on 4.0 models; low-inertia torque converter on 4.0 automatic; 4.0 models have 5-spoke alloy wheels, colour keyed grille and exterior trim; V12 6.0 models have 20-spoke alloy wheels, black grille and chrome exterior trim; all models have new trim (cloth/leather on 4.0, full leather on V12 6.0) and uprated audio; Coupe models have improved rear seating.
MAY 1995 4.0 Celebration Coupe and Convertible (238 bhp) launched in UK with AJ16 engine (as XJ6), 4-speed electronic automatic transmission, cruise control, 'Aerosport' alloy wheels.
COMMENTS: Dinosaur, but that does not hinder its appeal and high depreciation means lots of splendid old Grand Tourer for the money. Watch sky-high running costs in high mileage, tatty cars run on a shoe-string.