RE: Shed of the Week: Jaguar XJR

RE: Shed of the Week: Jaguar XJR

Friday 14th September

Shed of the Week: Jaguar XJR

Is this XJR the most powerful Shed ever?



As those who attend Shed's local Bonfire Night will confirm, Mrs Shed loves a good bang. Anti-Jaguar types with a low opinion of the XJ's mechanical integrity will say that she is likely to hear another one if Shed can't stop himself buying this week's Shed, a supercharged XJR with a near-full MOT for just £1,000.

In terms of sheer power for your pound, this car's only challenger in recent, distant or possibly all Shed history was the gangsterish 'SOLD AS SEEN' Mercedes S500 that appeared here in summer 2015. New, the Jag was slightly more powerful than the Benz and, at 1,875kg, around 130kg lighter.

If nothing else, the X300 XJR with the Eaton-blown AJ16 4.0-litre straight six is historically interesting. Not just because it was the last six-cylinder XJR - the aluminium-bodied X308 of 1997 came with a V8 - but also because it was the first Jaguar with a supercharger, a power-boosting device they're still using today.


Modern isn't the first word you would have applied to this XJR when it was built in 1995, six years into Ford's ownership of the company. By that time, the XJ concept was 27 years old. It was a good concept, mind ye, and the last Jaguar to bear the imprint of acknowledged genius Sir William 'Mr Jaguar' Lyons, who co-founded the company in 1922. Here's an interview with the great man (conducted by none other than Magpie stalwart, Alan Partridge forerunner and Half Man Half Biscuit hero Tony Bastable) in which Lyons comes up with a surprising answer to the question of what was his favourite model.

Get into any XJ and you'll soon understand why Lyons loved it. Measure the interior space with a laser rule and you'll be disappointed. Savour the Connolly leather and wood with your non-laser body, though, and you'll be wishing all cars were like this.

Fire up the motor and you're in an Edwardian drawing room. Put some pressure on the right hand pedal and you're somewhere else entirely, literally as well as mentally. The dozy GM 4L80E auto is not the most inspired partner for this barrel-chested engine, but 378ft lb of torque butters plenty of parsnips. As long as you're not constantly dipping your bucket into the well, provoking the trademark whine-cum-snarl (wharl? snine?) just for the hell of it, you'll get fuel economy in the high teens.


While we're on the numbers, 174,000 miles sounds like a lot, but if you were on a trip to the Moon you'd still have another 50,000 or so to go, so astronomically speaking at least this car's mileage is nowhere near galactic. It's important to keep a sense of perspective on these things.

If you 'get' the XJR, you'll be in like Flynn on this one. But if you're interested in a more dispassionate way - maybe you fancy a bit of pendulum fun through winter, some luxury Le Mans transport for you and your mates next year, or sublime steering, suspension and speed all year round. If you are that person, you will want to know what might go wrong.

Surprisingly little. The AJ16 is a robust unit that, with even vaguely proper maintenance, will easily complete your lunar journey. The upside of the GM auto is that you can change the oil in a conventional way (the later V8s had sealed for life trannies). Interestingly, a very small number of manual XJRs were built, but they're very rare now. Shed thinks that there were fewer than 300 all told, LHD and RHD combined.


Anyway, back to the possible fail list: oil pressure sender units, blower belt tensioners, water pumps, seat motors, transmission mounts, LCD instrument readouts, boot opener, exhaust manifolds. It's an old car. Why even raise the issue when you're paying so little for so much?

Back in 1995, an E34 BMW M5 was £52,000. Now, a 1995 M5 would be, what, £15k minimum? That's if you can find one. The nearest thing to it in the PH classifieds right now is a 1992 car at £17k.

In 1995, a Jaguar XJR - with comparable performance to the M5 - was £45,000. Now, a 1995 XJR is £1,000. And best of all, a 1995 XJR exists. Here it is.


Live a little - or, with luck, a lot - and get your wad out. Here's the ad.

- Recently MOT'd in the past month. (Expires:16 July 2019)
- Drives and runs great, a really quality drivers car and lots of fun in comfort.
- With a small amount of effort could be a really excellent example, as mechanically sound.
- Owned and used daily by highly skilled and experienced motor mechanic.
- Only cosmetically started to deteriorate slightly due to recent neglect from illness (Hence only reason for sale.) 
- Minimal rust after some minor rewelding, but does require some additional paintwork (after model typical clear coat peeling on bonnet) in order to look the part.
- Minor and relatively inexpensive cosmetic features to really smarten up the interior will include fixing the slight sagging of headliner and replacing the auto dimming rear view mirror and clock face.
- Bargain for the amount of car at this price (£45,450 when new).

Author
Discussion

XJSJohn

Original Poster:

14,753 posts

152 months

Friday 14th September
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Ohhh now thats a bit shed-tastic!!! Liking this one, (just hope the LCD dash fails where the MPG readout is - dont need negativity like that!)

Harveybw

48 posts

27 months

Friday 14th September
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That’s proper shedding. God I am tempted on this.....

Filibuster

1,074 posts

148 months

Friday 14th September
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WOW !!!!

Now that is what I want to see on a Friday morning as Shed! Love the colour, so much in tone with the whole Shed life somehow.

oilit

416 posts

111 months

Friday 14th September
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the link to the ad takes me to a YouTube video of a "Jaguar | Sir William Lyons | interview |1977 interview"

Cambs_Stuart

297 posts

17 months

Friday 14th September
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Utterly fantastic shed. Luxury, power and the potential to run up bills that would bankrupt a small country. Really tempted.
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XJSJohn

Original Poster:

14,753 posts

152 months

Friday 14th September
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Cambs_Stuart said:
Utterly fantastic shed. Luxury, power and the potential to run up bills that would bankrupt a small country. Really tempted.
that would just be the petrol bills!!!

Arun_D

2,100 posts

128 months

Friday 14th September
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Artivcle said:
the aluminium-bodied X308 of 1997 came with a V8
nono The x308 retained the steel body

Jaguar steve

5,092 posts

143 months

Friday 14th September
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The X308 that replaced this model was not aluminum bodied...

Andy S15

212 posts

60 months

Friday 14th September
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Absolute bargain. This will not hang about, watched one on eBay in much worse condition with no MOT get bid up to over 1800 a while ago. I have an X300 Sov which cost £750 and its such a cool car, I'd genuinely love an X300 XJR now. Reliability shouldn't be as bad as the article seems to suggest - mechanical wear seems to be much more common than part/electrical failures in my experience but they are very easy cars to work on.

Stu78

64 posts

68 months

Friday 14th September
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Now we're talking!

J4CKO

25,071 posts

133 months

Friday 14th September
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- Owned and used daily by highly skilled and experienced motor mechanic.

Is key, basics should be ok, ad seems pretty honest, in a few years we will be remarking on stuff like this being so cheap.

Used to be one near the Manchester Airport cargo centre I used to admire on the way past, same colour with a private reg, PTS something and apparently it was owned by a childrens TV presenter called Peter Simon. same colour as this, also an XJR, wonder if its the same one, cant have been that many in this shade.

Turbobanana

1,091 posts

134 months

Friday 14th September
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He appears to live on a really steep hill.

TooMany2cvs

27,971 posts

59 months

Friday 14th September
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Filibuster said:
Love the colour, so much in tone with the whole Shed life somehow.
Lottery-winner turquoise. The ONLY colour for an XJR of that vintage...

richinlondon

86 posts

55 months

Friday 14th September
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Turbobanana said:
He appears to live on a really steep hill.
Shows the handbrake works though.

Frimley111R

8,957 posts

167 months

Friday 14th September
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Seems sacrilege to call it a 'shed'!

Turbobanana

1,091 posts

134 months

Friday 14th September
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richinlondon said:
Turbobanana said:
He appears to live on a really steep hill.
Shows the handbrake works though.
biglaugh

crofty1984

12,814 posts

137 months

Friday 14th September
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Oh my.
Wish I had somewhere to keep it. And also the money to fuel it! But my God what a brilliant shed!

Rumblestripe

849 posts

95 months

Friday 14th September
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Lovely. Proper shed and perhaps on the cusp of "classic" status?

Jim the Sunderer

1,791 posts

115 months

Friday 14th September
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A proper Jaguar, before those "XJ R-Sport 3.0 diesel" abominations.

only1ian

539 posts

127 months

Friday 14th September
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Last time a jag xjr was a shed was 5 years ago! Nice to see some classics aren’t appreciating!!