SOTW: DAIMLER XJ40 AUTO
No, it's not a Jaguar. Well, okay, it kind of is...
This week’s shed is from the ‘plush Jaguar’ stable of Daimlers and, though it is sad to see a once proud nameplate reduced to little more than a trim level, this Daimler XJ40 has nothing to be ashamed of.
As far as we can work out, the main distinguishing features of this Daimler - apart form the grille and badges - are different seat designs, better quality leather and a higher level of general trim quality.
The engine - the 221bhp 3.6 - is sound and unsmoky (says the vendor), and the gearbox is also apparently solid, so it should be capable of still delivering sub 9-second 0-60mph times (we probably wouldn’t try too many traffic-light GPs, mind).
XJ40s are always a bit of a punt, and condition and history are crucial, so the fact that there is plenty of paperwork with this one is a definite plus.
Downsides? Both passenger side doors don’t work, the roof lining’s a bit saggy and we’re told ‘not to expect concours condition’ with the bodywork. Which would be worrying were it not for the £725 price - and that could no doubt be negotiated down a quid or two, especially since the vendor admits he needs to make a sale.
Advert is reproduced below
Daimler XJ40 3.6 Auto - Long MOT, FSH, Rare Spec (1988)
** MUST SELL - NEED THE SPACE **
11 Months MOT
Metallic Bordeaux Red with Full Electric Heated Leather
Approx 135k miles
Based on the Jaguar XJ40 Saloon - but a much more rare and desirable car. Not many of these were made...
Very High Specification Car:
Full Cream Leather Interior
Electric Front Seats
Heated Front Seats
Rear Walnut Picnic Tables
Walnut & Chrome Trim
Electric Windows x4
Electric Doors Mirrors
Rear Passenger Venting
* Every Single MOT from NEW!
* Lots of Bills and Receipts - including one for over £2k back in 1991!
* Jaguar Service Booklet and Dealer Manuals
ENGINE / MECHANICAL:
Mechanically 100% Sound - drives absolutely spot on: No leaks, bangs, knocks or untoward sounds.
Pulls well through every gear, and the gear changes are smooth, effortless and seamless, like a Daimler of this calibre should be.
Has plenty of grunt from the 3.6 litre unit, which has is renowned for being robust:
Straight Six Cylinder
Starts on the key, no issues whatsoever.
Finished in period Bordeaux Red Metallic, this suits the Daimler really well. When polished, the car has a realy good shine and turns heads everywhere it goes.
Structurally solid: Bodywork has a few scars here and there, but this is a 22 year old car, so you can expect a concours example, unless you're spending over £4k on one!
* Please note - the car is pretty dirty in these photos, as it has been sitting in my office car park for the last couple of weeks. Needs a good wash / wax to bring out the shine, hence the photos don't do it justice!
The beige leather trim perfectly compliments the car's Bordeaux Red coachwork.
The interior is in near-immaculate condition. The rear seats are designed for 2 passengers only, and were generally only fitted to these high-spec Daimlers.
Has front electric heated seats, front and rear arm rests, rear blinds and rear picnic tables and walnut / chrome trim all over... You feel real special sitting in this car!
If you have driven a Jag before, then you would know what to expect from one of these. They just glide along, in pure comfort and smoothness. The cabins are such a pleasant to be, but I think the rear passengers are the ones who would feel like royalty!
A car to truly be driven in, or to be as equally enjoyed behind the wheel!
Usual XJ40 Faults:
* The LCD dash works when it wants to. Seems to be a loose connection somewhere, as when you go over a bump, they sometimes come on
* Roof lining is sagging slightly
* Both Rear Passenger and Front Passenger Door do not open from the outside (simple fix)
Apart from these, everything works. Wipers, horn, lights, indicators, heating, windows, etc, all operate the way they should.
This is a very rare example of an XJ Daimler. I mean, how many do you ever see up for sale? Just take a look on eBay, Pistonheads, AutoTrader, Car and Classic, etc!
These were a lot more expensive than the regular Jaguar XJ40, costing more than a 3-bedroom house back in it's day!
This was purchased to use as a car for my Engagement Ceremony function, and is now surplus to requirements, as we have just purchased an XJ8 Jag for the Wedding.
One of the nicest XJ40s I have owned and I have owned a handful. Drives better than the X300 I had.
No silly offers, timewasters or dreamers - you will not be tolerated. Sensible offers will be considered....
No warranty given and / or implied. Sold as per eBay Terms & Conditions.
Car is located in Milton Keynes.
Please call 07984 395400 for any further information, or to arrange a viewing.