SOTW: Jaguar XJ6 LWB


Motoring pleasure comes in many forms, and you don't always have to be behind the wheel to enjoy yourself in a car. And no, we're not talking about a steamy back-seat fumble; Shed would not be so indecorous as that.


No, we're talking about the pleasure of being driven as you lounge luxuriously in the back seat of your executive limo, checking out the latest share prices in the FT or possibly hiring and firing on the integral carphone.

Of course, if you're casting around in the ratty dungeons of Shed of the Week territory, you're unlikely to be on the board of a FTSE 100 company, but it is nice to at least fantasize, and age has done little to diminish the classy appeal of today's SOTW.

Sure, the 3.2-litre AJ16 is the least powerful of those available in the X300 XJ6, but this refined-looking black number is the long wheelbase version, so you get to enjoy the much-needed extra legroom in the rear for that bit longer, as James takes it easy cruising you back to the Home Counties after a hard day in the city.


This particular example seems to have a little blemish on the rear bumper chrome, and the fact that the radio isn't working is an irritation, but it appears to have done just 59,000 miles, comes with plenty of history and the leather upholstery looks almost new (at least in the pictures).

And if the idea of hiring a driver is too much for your wallet (though at only £995 for the car it might make an interesting alternative to buying a £90,000 executive saloon and losing £30K in first-year depreciation) you could always don the peaked cap yourself and make the car earn its keep...

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£995 Jaguar XJ 3.2 4DR AUTO LWB 1996
4 Doors, Automatic, Saloon, Petrol, 59,000 miles, Black, MOT-01-2013. Low mileage LWB Jaguar in black ,with service history and lots of old MOT,s 96 N reg car Tax end DEC 2012 MOT jan 2013 Not a rusty old thing , Radio not working , Drives well ,ready to go , Call phil direct on 07768 780777 for further details on this vehicle ABS, Adjustable steering column/wheel, Alloy wheels, Central locking, Leather seats, Remote locking, Solid Paint. Insurance Group:18. £995 p/x to clear





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  • pjac67 17 Jul 2012

    Did the OP nick my week old thread? Although mine would be entitled 'Shed for The week'.
    Plumped for a non LWB in the end but after one week and 500m still loving it:
    http://pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f...

  • dbdb 16 Jul 2012

    splitpin said:
    Funny thing 'the passage of time' ..............

    These cars were always so beautiful in a very British Way, but back in the day, they were principally competing against the teutonic efficiency of the S Class and beyond the superb ride and the oh so well done leather and wood, they got absolutely hammered by it (and indeed, the motoring press of the time); the big issue was all that size, yet compared to the S Class, so little room upfront and a teeny boot - the LWB cured (well improved) the rear legroom issue, but it did nothing to correct the front passenger space moans and Jaguars did tend to attract people who wanted to drive the car themselves rather than being sat in the back; also, there were still target Customer perception issues about underlying build quality, reliability and (still whiffy shades of a slightly Arfur D) image.

    Thankfully, none of this matters anymore; it can now be seen as just what it was and still is; a beautiful wafty saloon, styled and executed in a very Jaguar 'old money' classic way. Time is a great healer and we should all be pleased about that. Superb cars.
    There is some truth in this. The Jag was and is a lovely car, but as an X300 had to compete against much more modern cars. The 1990s 'S' class and BMW 7 Series were both new designs, but the X300 was a facelifted XJ40 and could trace its development back to 1972, something which really showed in its packaging. The XJ40 was class leading in many ways back in 1986, but though still a lovely car didn't quite cut it ten years later as the X300. The Jaguar was still the nicest car though, even if by no means the best.

  • Ecurie Ecosse 16 Jul 2012

    KimZ said:
    Ecurie Ecosse said:
    Beware though!
    Blimey - looks like it's contagious!!

    Nice herd of cats there EE, compliments!
    beer
    Cheers!

  • splitpin 16 Jul 2012

    Funny thing 'the passage of time' ..............

    These cars were always so beautiful in a very British Way, but back in the day, they were principally competing against the teutonic efficiency of the S Class and beyond the superb ride and the oh so well done leather and wood, they got absolutely hammered by it (and indeed, the motoring press of the time); the big issue was all that size, yet compared to the S Class, so little room upfront and a teeny boot - the LWB cured (well improved) the rear legroom issue, but it did nothing to correct the front passenger space moans and Jaguars did tend to attract people who wanted to drive the car themselves rather than being sat in the back; also, there were still target Customer perception issues about underlying build quality, reliability and (still whiffy shades of a slightly Arfur D) image.

    Thankfully, none of this matters anymore; it can now be seen as just what it was and still is; a beautiful wafty saloon, styled and executed in a very Jaguar 'old money' classic way. Time is a great healer and we should all be pleased about that. Superb cars.

  • m9fdb 16 Jul 2012

    I love these Jags to and really fancy a XJ sport or an XJR as aweekedn toy. I have an E46 330 Cabrio though and that is a nice cruiser seeing as it is an auto

    My dad has a X300 Sov in Carnival red that still drives lovely too and still looks the part imo

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