2020 Shannons Spring Timed Online Auction
1989 Jaguar XJ6 Sovereign 4.0 Saloon
|Engine||4.0 litre six-cylinder|
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Jaguar's long-awaited replacement for the much-loved XJ series was finally announced to the public in 1986, following an exhaustive development period. Codenamed the XJ40, the new XJ saw the venerable XK engine finally retired after almost four decades of service, replaced by a new generation of engines featuring twin-overhead camshafts, four valves-per-cylinder technology and electronic fuel injection. Dubbed the AJ6, Jaguar's latest range of engines were capable of delivering more power along with vastly improved fuel economy, and two versions were initially announced, a 2.9-litre and 3.6-litre. Buyers could choose between a Getrag five-speed manual gearbox or the optional ZF automatic transmission (with a distinctive J-gate lever providing the driver with a degree of manual control). An updated 4-litre model was introduced in September 1989 and these later models are generally regarded as being the best built, with any earlier quality control issues well and truly sorted. In 4-litre guise, the AJ6 motor developed 235 bhp and pushed the Big Cat to a top speed of nearly 230 km/h, with acceleration to match. Under the direction of Lofty England and Bob Knight, the XJ40's handsome styling saw the XJ's curves successfully translated the into a more modern, contemporary look, with sharper edges and better aerodynamics. Under the skin there was an entirely new independent rear suspension set-up and improved brakes (with ABS standard on Sovereign and Daimler models). Inside, the new Jaguar was beautifully finished and a big improvement in terms of space over the earlier XJ6s, along with every feature one might expect to find in a luxury sedan of the era. With robust mechanicals and plenty of spares and specialists in Australia to look after them, the XJ40 is luxury motoring at a very affordable price.