The XJ40, which had been in development from as early as 1972 and was the most extensively tested car in Jaguar’s illustrious history, was intended to metaphorically slap its Teutonic rivals lightly across both cheeks with a Browns Lane duelling glove and restore national pride.
But ‘pride’ was a seldom-heard word in the British motor industry of the era and the unfortunate XJ40 happened to emerge at a time when a lot of ambient negativity and bad press was looking for a shiny surface to stick to.
The reality is that the XJ40 was actually a very good car struggling to overcome a poor reputation that was, for the most part, rather undeserved.
Owners found that if they happened to stumble across a decent example, it was easily the equal of its Germanic competitors and had a ride quality that none of its rivals could hope to emulate.
Clearly, so many years later, the challenge of finding a good one has become even tougher.
Where would you start?
Well, experience tells us that you can’t do better than look to Japan and this particular vendor, a man who’s made it his business (literally) to repatriate the very best Jaguars from the land of the rising sun.
We don’t imagine you’ll be able to find a better, low-mileage XJ40 than this - no matter where you look.