It is just a little sad and tragic to say, but it seems likely that only one of the 24 historic XJ40s used in the Scottish XJ40 Press Launch – which gleaned headlines and cover stories throughout the world for Jaguar – survives today!
We had a close association with several of them at the time, including the survivor, D38 BRW (seen here in 1987 with Austin Swallows), and in our next edition we show as many of those first cars as we can find.
We also get the inside stories from Design Department members in 1996 Stuart Spencer and George Thompson, and get the story from George how took one of the prototypes to Sir William Lyons’ home to get last minutes design tips from the great man.
Stuart explains and shows us how he and his small team secretly took another prototype to London, put it onto a special rotisserie, had it on its side – and squeezed it into a building in London for the very first reveal of all!
The XJ40 fathered the legendary X300 and V8 engined X308 which continued through until 2003 – so we also reappraise the very affordable XJ40 in light of its 31 years of history.
It’s not to be missed if you like modern historic Jaguar saloons in particular.
It’s all in edition #190:
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