themule wrote:Thanks for the welcome. I haven't owned an XJ40 before - I just sold a 1996 BMW E36 M3 which I owned for a couple of years, quite a different car but I guess similar rust issues. It was our only family car and I got some stick for it being a bit uncomfortable and too small for the 4 of us. I have owned a diesel 2007 S Type before which I enjoyed - that is my only experience of Jaguar. I do miss owning a classic car (I have a modern Honda Civic which is pretty dull) so started to look at 80s and 90s Mercedes (W123, W124 and W126) - then started noticing the XJ40s for the first time and they seem better value. I did quite a lot of maintenence on my M3 at home but wouldn't stretch to welding or body work.
The XJR does catch my eye, I guess XJ40 XJR specific parts are hard to come by and I am unsure if the premium is worth it or not.
If you can maintain the car yourself, you are probably ideally suited to ownership.
Is the XJR 40 worth a premium over a standard car? I feel there’s no simple answer to that.
I think it’s normal cars for the performance badges version to hold a premium over the more standard models. As a former M3 owner, I think you will know all about that.
The only thing about 40 XJR, it’s not all that different in performance terms to the standard 4.0. It’s more of a styling and handling package in reality. But it is a rare and desirable spec version, so naturally anyone selling one will want more money than if it was a standard spec.
As always the best thing to do is go and view a good number of examples to get your eye on. Most people start with the geographically nearest example, regardless of whether it’s the best on the market.