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Jaguar/Daimler XJ40 – The Essential Buyer’s Guide

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Jaguar/Daimler XJ40 – The Essential Buyer’s Guide

By Peter Crespin
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Paperback • 64 pages • 195x139mm • 100 colour pictures

ISBN: 978-1-84584-192-8

£ 9.99 Postage + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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- Full coverage of all 6- & 12-cylinder models
- In-depth analysis of strengths and weaknesses
- Includes market and value data
- Advice on choosing the right version and condition
- How to avoid buying a wreck or a 'lemon'
- Like having an XJ40 expert at your side
- Quick check guide and also a fuller inspection plan
- Discussion of desirable upgrades as well as modifications to avoid
- Where and how to buy an XJ40
- Details of club back-up and support organisations


A practical and highly-illustrated hands-on guide, taking you step-by-step through examination and purchase of Jaguar’s highly-developed flagship saloon, which took the company from the Leyland years into private ownership once more. Covering all engine and trim versions, here's what to look for, what to avoid, and whether the car is likely to suit your needs, plus relative values and the best places to buy. Also includes full details on back-up organisations and literature.


The XJ40 had a long development history and underwent sophisticated and thorough testing on several continents. Featuring an array of high-tech features such as a digital dashboard, it drove superbly and won the UK’s prestigious ‘Car of the Year’ award. Most early cars have gone to the crusher by now, and those that remain are be of variable quality. Even the last XJ40s are now 14 years old and can suffer terminal decline. For the careful buyer, however, they represent true bargain luxury cars, provided you buy a good example.
This book will help you pick a sound car and avoid the depressing experience of buying a superficially pretty XJ40, which turns out to have serious problems through neglect or wear. It takes you step by step through your initial viewing and a more detailed inspection, where each aspect of the car is given an objective numerical score reflecting its condition, with the total overall score supporting your decision to buy or walk away. There is no safer way to avoid buying a bad car short of paying for a professional evaluation.

Independent Reviews

"Many of us are guilty of buying with our hearts and not our heads – I know I am. Looking back, I wish I had studied a Buyer's Guide, as it would have saved me many hours of work and valuable dollars." – Australian Classic Car

Additional Information

Models covered:
Jaguar XJ6 and Sovereign 2.9L and 3.6L 1986-1990 • Daimler 2.9L and Daimler / Vanden Plas 3.6L 1986-1990 • Jaguar XJ6 and Sovereign 3.2L and 4.0L 1990-1994 • JaguarSport / TWR XJR-6 3.6L 1988-1989 • JaguarSport XJR-6 4.0L 1990-1994 • Daimler 4.0L 1990-1994 • Jaguar XJ12 6.0L 1993-1994 • Daimler Double Six 1993-1994

Models not covered:
Jaguar Daimler Series III V12 saloons from 1986-1992


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