Nothing compares to Jaguars. They’re refined, stylish, as and classy undeniably British as April showers and Buckingham Palace.
For a long time the manufacturer has wowed motoring enthusiasts with many truly outstanding vehicles. In fact, there are no really bad Jaguar cars.
The marque has set such a high benchmark over the years that its more modest offerings suffer by comparison, however.
The best Jaguars ever made: E-Type
Probably the most talked and written about Jag for all time. This sporty sensation took the motoring world by storm if it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961. With its sleek lines, stunning good looks, a top speed of 150mph, along with a price tag close to £2,000 it quickly attracted a massive following. The E-Type is without question an icon of the 1960s and although you can buy them second-hand you’ll need at the least £30,000.
The best Jaguars ever made: XJS
A simply beautiful car. It’s as much of a head-turner today because it was when first introduced back in the mid-1970s to replace the famed E-Type. Jaguar’s first foray in the international Grand Touring class was priced at a relatively modest £8,900 and went on being manufactured for a couple of decades. This stunning two-door machine experienced a 5.3-litre V12 engine that enabled it going to a top speed of 140mph.
The best Jaguars ever made: XJ6
The introduction of the XJ6 in 1968 was a landmark moment for the company. At that time the product range was confusing, with various models and engine combinations available. However, the XJ6 – referring to its six cylinders, with a choice of 2.8- or 4.2-litre XK engines – arrived with a new look courtesy of designer Sir William Lyons. It had been also praised for its superior handling, as a result of a suspension system that provided a cushy ride for the passengers.
The least-best Jaguars ever: XJ6 estate by Avon
What a mess. When there started to be a demand for estates, coachbuilders Avon came up with this absolute monstrosity based on the beautiful XJ6. If a conservatory has been nailed onto the rear of the car, you can’t deny it was practical but there’s no escaping the fact it appears as. Looking back it’s surprising that Jaguar didn’t focus its firepower on taking on Mercedes in the estate market – at least it will have saved the world from such odious conversions.
The least-best Jaguars ever: XJ350
Okay this car wasn’t horrific. It was perfectly respectable looking and the fact its chassis and body was crafted from aluminium made it technically interesting. The problem was that the appearance of the XJ350, which was produced between 2003 and 2007, was just outdated by this stage. It looked too much like the XJs of the past, says Giles Chapman. It was a gentle evolution of those who had gone before and the world was just a little tired of that car. A face-lifted version – the Jaguar X358 – arrived in 2008.