SOTY: Jaguar XJR


Dust off your dickie-bow, wipe down your waistcoat and crack open the cummerbund: it's time for the PH Shed of the Year awards.

Those of you who can remember back to a time before the arrival of turkey and presents may recall that we asked you last week to vote for your favourite Shed of the Week 2011.

But instead of giving you the choice of the entire 50-plus weeks of sheds (a list of 50 cars would have been much too messy), we decided to whittle the options down to a shortlist of 10, picked for their amusement value as much as their general Shed awesomeness. Some of your favourites may have been missing (our apologies to those wanting to vote for the Accord Type R or the V6-powered Toyota MR2), but we hope that the spread of Sheds was a fair one.

And now the phone lines have closed, the votes have been counted and verified, and the results are in (new votes will not be counted, but you may still be charged per click*); so may we present to you your favourite SOTW 2011 - the Jaguar XJR.

XJR got 26 per cent of the votes...
XJR got 26 per cent of the votes...
Proving that speed truly does matter to PHers, you've picked out what must be the most powerful SOTW ever, with more than a quarter of the votes going to the humble M-plate Jaguar XJR we featured back in April.

Beating PHer Jon-'s magnificent BMW 635 CSi Shed Special, and even the magnificent E34 M5 that we featured in September, the XJR also proves that shed aficionados appreciate a good ol' punt as much as they do a genuinely sensible purchase. And that's a good thing, because if SOTW was about remotely sensible purchases we would be bringing you a Mk1 Ford Focus every week. And you wouldn't want that.

Roll on the Sheds of 2012...

*We joke - like in all the best democracies, voting on PH is free

XJR Advert is reproduced below

jaguar xjr straight 6 supercharged (1995)
97,000 miles £1,000

hi here we have my M reg jaguar xjr supercarged in saphire blue with grey leather an 97,000 miles.i have service history up to 47,000 very well looked after car needs some tlc on rear arches an passenger wing mirror missing.also chrome trim on back bumper is bent where someone before i had the car tried stealng it. very fast an reliable car everything works as it should,age related marks mot till june tax till july.any questions feel free to call

...while the M5 got 21 per cent of your favour...
...while the M5 got 21 per cent of your favour...
...with the 635 at 18 per cent
...with the 635 at 18 per cent

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  • XJ40 05 Jan 2012

    no17 said:
    Yet another debate regarding manual v automatic x300s. So come on chaps let's just agree that both options work well and that we're lucky to have a manual option unlike x308 & xk8 owners. In fact I've lost count the number of times bemused mot testers have commented on my manual version saying they'd never seen one and asking if it's a conversion.
    If wafting is your pleasure then a slush box is superb, but if a spirited and more connected drive is your bag then the manual fits perfectly (I'm not implying that an auto is a slouch). In fact, if I had the space and sufficient funds I'd have an auto for commuting and a manual for leisure. Both have their merits but for me, I'll join the minority vote and stick with my manual.
    I for one an in complete agreement with you Charlie, I love both stick shift and auto '40's and '300's (I've owned four auto '40's previous to the manual one I have now). The auto is lovely for a laid back waft, the manual is better for a more connected drive as you rightly say. I've a manual XJ for leisure and a diesel hatchback for commuting, couldn't justify the fuel bills on a big capacity petrol auto. smile

  • no17 05 Jan 2012

    XJ40 said:
    Jaguar steve said:
    Ftumpch said:
    Good comfortable car with heaps of power but any driving enthusiast will get bored with it in not too long at all, unless you happen to come across one of the rare manual-equipped examples. Now that would be one to keep! Why aren't there more of these? What were the original owners thinking??
    Possibly two reasons - the first is the XJR demographic and driving style is not all about frantically redlining through the gears at every opportunity, it's more about making very rapid yet discrete progress and the second is the agrigultural nature of the Getrag manual gearbox and weight and dead feel of the clutch.

    The X300 series was the last Jaguar XJ available with a manual box - most often bought in base model 3.2 Sport spec as that was the cheapest option and IIRC less than 5% of sales were manual and only about 100 of those were XJR's. With the introduction of the V8 XJ in 1997 and new 5 speed ZF box the XJ went automatic only as the newer gearbox was considered so good and controllable that a manual option was not needed.
    I agree that the XJ driver demographic is very much inclined towards slush boxes. I would say though that while the getrag 265 and 290 were and are less slick that some other 'boxes out there, it's by no means bad, certainly much better than it has a reputation for in some quarters. It lacks a bit of refinement in a Jag but I don't think there would be any complaints if it were found in another car. An XJ is a very different beast with the manual box, it's a fun drive, especial if you've a rare manual 300R. Very under rated in my biased option.
    Yet another debate regarding manual v automatic x300s. So come on chaps let's just agree that both options work well and that we're lucky to have a manual option unlike x308 & xk8 owners. In fact I've lost count the number of times bemused mot testers have commented on my manual version saying they'd never seen one and asking if it's a conversion.
    If wafting is your pleasure then a slush box is superb, but if a spirited and more connected drive is your bag then the manual fits perfectly (I'm not implying that an auto is a slouch). In fact, if I had the space and sufficient funds I'd have an auto for commuting and a manual for leisure. Both have their merits but for me, I'll join the minority vote and stick with my manual.

  • XJ40 04 Jan 2012

    Jaguar steve said:
    Ftumpch said:
    Good comfortable car with heaps of power but any driving enthusiast will get bored with it in not too long at all, unless you happen to come across one of the rare manual-equipped examples. Now that would be one to keep! Why aren't there more of these? What were the original owners thinking??
    Possibly two reasons - the first is the XJR demographic and driving style is not all about frantically redlining through the gears at every opportunity, it's more about making very rapid yet discrete progress and the second is the agrigultural nature of the Getrag manual gearbox and weight and dead feel of the clutch.

    The X300 series was the last Jaguar XJ available with a manual box - most often bought in base model 3.2 Sport spec as that was the cheapest option and IIRC less than 5% of sales were manual and only about 100 of those were XJR's. With the introduction of the V8 XJ in 1997 and new 5 speed ZF box the XJ went automatic only as the newer gearbox was considered so good and controllable that a manual option was not needed.
    I agree that the XJ driver demographic is very much inclined towards slush boxes. I would say though that while the getrag 265 and 290 were and are less slick that some other 'boxes out there, it's by no means bad, certainly much better than it has a reputation for in some quarters. It lacks a bit of refinement in a Jag but I don't think there would be any complaints if it were found in another car. An XJ is a very different beast with the manual box, it's a fun drive, especial if you've a rare manual 300R. Very under rated in my biased option.

  • Jaguar steve 04 Jan 2012

    Ftumpch said:
    Good comfortable car with heaps of power but any driving enthusiast will get bored with it in not too long at all, unless you happen to come across one of the rare manual-equipped examples. Now that would be one to keep! Why aren't there more of these? What were the original owners thinking??
    Possibly two reasons - the first is the XJR demographic and driving style is not all about frantically redlining through the gears at every opportunity, it's more about making very rapid yet discrete progress and the second is the agrigultural nature of the Getrag manual gearbox and weight and dead feel of the clutch.

    The X300 series was the last Jaguar XJ available with a manual box - most often bought in base model 3.2 Sport spec as that was the cheapest option and IIRC less than 5% of sales were manual and only about 100 of those were XJR's. With the introduction of the V8 XJ in 1997 and new 5 speed ZF box the XJ went automatic only as the newer gearbox was considered so good and controllable that a manual option was not needed.

  • Ftumpch 04 Jan 2012

    Good comfortable car with heaps of power but any driving enthusiast will get bored with it in not too long at all, unless you happen to come across one of the rare manual-equipped examples. Now that would be one to keep! Why aren't there more of these? What were the original owners thinking??

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