In a bid to make the XJ40 relevant in the technology-obsessed 80s, Jaguar loaded the car with innovation. This was a dangerous move for a company that struggled to master the age old art of just building a quality car.
The XJ40 wasn't a bad car, just not a great or even good one like the cars that preceded it. It also sealed Jaguar's reputation for crap quality for decades.
2. Early XJS
4. E Type 2+2
While traditionalists lament the demise of 'Jaguars that look like Jaguars' I'm thankful that all that nonsense has stopped and the firm is back to making innovative and forward-looking cars. William Lyons was never about heritage and retro - look at the way he designed cars in the 50s and 60s for proof. The real crime of these 5 cars is that they played to history rather than progress. And that's a culdesac that reaps reducing rewards.
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