A Century of Cars: 28. Solido 1974 Jaguar XJ12
The Jaguar XJ is a luxury sedan sold
under the British Jaguar marque. The XJ was launched in 1968 and has
served as the Jaguar flagship model for most of its production span
which continues through to today. The original model was the last
Jaguar saloon to have had the input of Sir William Lyons, the
Standard Wikipedia words over, this is me talking - the Jaguar XJ6 (and XJ12) just has to be one of the greatest cars ever. Based originally around the splendid Jaguar straight six XK engine, which was smooth and fast and perfect. The car is beautiful, epitomising Lyons' founding principles of space, pace and grace. These cars look fantastic, are smooth, civilised, comfortable & quiet while going like a stabbed rat. I have owned three Jaguars, including an XJ, and they are like nothing else. They are simply the most civilised way possible to travel, you are incapable of road rage when driving a machine as fabulously made and amazingly urbane as a Jag.
No other marque does wood, leather & chrome combined with this level of jaw-dropping handling and performance. BMW and Mercedes make wonderful cars, and they are supremely competent machines, but Jags get to you on a different level altogether. They have a heart and a soul.