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What's the better purchase - XJ81 or XJ40 Vanden Plas?

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What's the better purchase - XJ81 or XJ40 Vanden Plas?

Postby dpj1 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:26 am

I would appreciate assistance walking through my purchase options. Which of these is the better purchase?

1994 XJ12
-6.0L V12
-Morrocan Red/Magnolia leather
-30,000 miles
-effectively immaculate, but very little use by elderly couple
-all records since new (one owner)
-mechanical condition unknown at this time (inspection required)
-2500 miles away (shipping required)

1990 Vanden Plas
-4.0L I6
-Diamond Blue/Grey leather
-97,000 miles
-VERY well maintained, garaged, superficial scratches on paint, ski slope requires refurbishing, but that is all it is lacking
-18 years of records, only two owners since new
-nearby, no shipping required, already inspected by my Jag mechanic

Shall I just go with the bird in the hand (XJ40)?
Or is the XJ81 worth the extra money and effort?
What are the negatives of owning the XJ81?

Daniel Jett
San Marino, California USA
1989 XJ-S TWR Sport coupe 5.3L V-12 5-speed manual (Getrag 265) Rosso Corso/Biscuit
2017 F-Type S coupe Storm Grey/extended Red
1969 E-Type Series II FHC (SOLD)
1997 XJR (SOLD)
1987 XJ6 (SOLD)