Mike, I am of course biased having been an XJS Jag guy for the better part of the last 20 years.
The XJS has suffered through a lot of unloved years for past transgressions but the last few years have shown love to the car with value appreciation and it looks like the love will continue to grow.
Buyer beware, though. Doug Dwyer a highly respected Jag-Lovers forum contributor is found of saying “There is nothing more expensive then a cheap Jag” so, future potential Jag buyers should expect to do reasonably well for themselves by employing the same sage advise that is applied to buying Porsche cars. Buy the very best examples of what you can afford and start from there.
There are a few distinct notables found in the XJS that are NOT present in any of the others on the list as well as a multitude of cars in general.
- The ride quality can only be compared IMHO to the likes of Rolls Royce or the Bentley’s of the world. The XJS under the Jaguar marquee represents one of the last genre of champagne sipping vehicles (If that was still allowed).
- While not known for blistering 0-60 times the 5.3 & 6.0 V12 will still get you to 150 and keep you there all day long every day without breaking a sweet. But, the magic of this V12 truly happens when that indescribably smooth turbine engine whines up during acceleration, Oh what a feeling and I’m not talking Toyota LOL.
2a. Not widely known except for the inner circles of Jaguar but there is an unmatched excitement of adding a 5 speed manual gearbox. Surely you will know what the second coming feels like.The heavens will open up and trumpets will sound from the sky. You will know heaven on earth.
- It is also a virtual guarantee that no one else will ever show up to a party wearing your classy dress. It just won’t happen.