25 Jaguar XJ6/XJ12
PRICE RANGE £1000-25,000
Superb looks, a cosseting ride and those lovely engines – it’s no wonder many who could have afforded a Silver Shadow took the Jaguar (or better-equipped Daimler) route instead. They look just as good, if not better, today and they’re surprisingly competent in modern traffic. Mechanically both six- and 12-cylinder engines are long-lived, as are gearboxes. The bodywork can be tricky – rust isn’t a stranger to any series, and repairs can be complicated, particularly around the base of front and rear screens and to the wheelarches, while interiors will be expensive to replace or improve. Good maintenance is the key to enjoying the XJ experience.
1977 Jaguar XJ4.2C. £11,825. Barons
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