I look at it like this, Since we all love the Marque I see it different.
I look at the TIME, the ERA the politics of local governments which all play apart.
The Series 3 XJ6 WAS and will ALWAYS be beautiful.
The lines, the times, the whole 1980’s It was a wonderful time.
Not one person on this forum would tolerate spending 15 days a MONTH at the dealer with parts FALLING off or kookie break downs that American cars at the time cured 30 years earlier.
FOOTNOTE…I miss those days as your local Certified Jag mechanic was JESUS as we spoke cars and made the car run great for a couple of weeks.
Great car , EXPENSIVE to maintain but it was truly your GIRLFRIEND on the side and was the way it was in the 1980’s
Lets move on to the XJ40
Like the 1990’s the mood changed, the markets crashed and so did the initial XJ40s
The Tokyo dash, The boxie lines the choke hold seat belts and in the states the NON SEALED headlights looked TERRIBLE.
It had much better room and comfort, more modern feel but with 5 miles of wires and the WORSE warranty claim records ever for Jaguar it was tough to swallow.
There was a reason EGAN came into the picture.
Now I had a 1993 UPGRADE EGAN Ill call it xj40, cover head lights with the 4.0
It drove wonderful but ALWAYS had issues. Built like a tank but had issues.
Footnote, My uncle had a 1988 new , never changed the oil, never changed the antifreeze or tranny fluid, never changed a burnt bulb. Beat the crap out of it in MANHATTAN for 6 years, put 135,000 miles and it never broke down. I’m not kidding.
The 1992/1993 and 1994 were a lot better than the earlier cars but had inherent flaws.
The 1995 x300 to this day is a classic, Bullet proof and Ive had 6 of them from new to used.
They compare to a 1978 MERCEDES DEISEL STATION WAGON…THEY GO ON FOREVER!
In closing I love ALL jags, some better than others.
Once the x308 to present came, they are all plug and play and as cold as any German car on the market, just Ehhh