Jaguar XJ
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Make: Jaguar
Model: XJ
Jaguar XJ

The Jaguar XJ was introduced in September 1968 in a series of television commercials featuring Sir William. In these spots, he referred to the car as "the finest Jaguar ever" which it was indeed. The XJ12 version, with a 5.3 L V12 engine, was launched in 1972, with a total of 3,235 being built. The Jaguar XJ is a luxury sedan sold under the British Jaguar luxury marquee. The XJ has served as the Jaguar flagship model for most of its production span, which continues through to today. It was the last Jaguar sedan to have had the input of Sir William Lyons, the company's founder. For this reason alone, it really is the best, and most expertly made, Jaguar around. The "XJ" designation was from the car's code name during development, standing for Experimental Jaguar. The XJ6, using 2.8 L and 4.2 L straight six cylinder versions of Jaguar's renowned XK engine, replaced most of Jaguar's sedan, which, in the 1960s, had expanded to four separate ranges. An up market version was marketed under the Daimler brand and called the Daimler Sovereign. An 8,378-car run of 2-door XJ coupes with a hardtop body called the XJC was built between 1975 and 1978. The coupe was based on the short wheelbase version of the XJ and its elongated doors were made out of lengthened standard XJ front doors. This is evident as the weld seams are clearly visible under the interior panels where two front door shells were grafted together with a single outer skin. A few XJCs were modified by Avon into convertibles with a retractable canvas top, but this was not a factory product, although they are a popular collector's item. Both six and twelve-cylinder models were offered while 6,505 of the former and 1,873 of the latter were produced. Jaguar had intended to introduce the car as early as 1973, but problems with the window sealing delayed production. Even with the delay, these cars suffered from water leaks and wind noise, but that did not seem to tarnish the brand.

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