1976 Jaguar XJ-S

In between Coventry and Cologne. 

1976 Jaguar XJ-S in its natural habitat: Motor Sport magazine
1976 Jaguar XJ-S in its natural habitat: Motor Sport magazine

They managed 14 mpg on this trip even though. I will write a little more about this article soon. The short version is that the car offered “pace and quiet” with detail failures in addition to looking “ugly”. The photo is evocative, isn’t it?

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

5 thoughts on “1976 Jaguar XJ-S”

  1. It’s interesting; it generates interest. Far from ideal, the car sits ambiguously in a grey zone oscillating between good and bad. I really like the rear view and the proportions. The elements simply fail to gel. But as Wilde said, it’s better to be talked about than not talked about.
    Next: Lancia Kappa coupe, Coupe Fiat, Ford Scorpio, Fiat Multipla….

  2. Good list, since I happen to like all the cars you are mentioning. It took a while in the case of Multipla and even longer for the Scorpio, but still…
    The XJ-S fits, though I can’t really understand the contempt it seems to have elicited. Maybe that’s due to my age. I wasn’t born when the Jag hit the showrooms.

  3. German car magazine “auto motor und sport” tested in ´91 a Lister Jaguar XJ-S with a 6-litre-V12-engine.
    The fuel consumption was quite remarkable – between 8,3 mpg (driven slowly) and 4,6 mpg (used as a aports car).
    http://www.traumautoarchiv.de/html/2039.html

    That does not reduce my deep admiration for the XJ-S, a truely british gran turismo car

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