Q-ship par excellence: Jaguar XJR

Just look at this car. It’s gorgeous. Would anyone really have preferred comparable S-Class and 7-Series offerings to this? Cars that were (that are?) solid as an anvil and technologically on the bleeding edge (hello, iDrive) but otherwise soulless and utterly forgettable in every single way?

In contrast, what a magnificent hunk of aluminium this is. And at the time, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars less than its German competition.

The only other car that could have given it a run for its money (literally and figuratively), in our minds, would have been the Audi S8 of the same period (probably a more dynamic drive, but arguably less visceral).

Aside from the obvious answers (Maybach, Bentley, old Mercedes 600, etc.)  – and conveniently overlooking the fact that the rear seating quarters are probably laughably cramped – if we absolutely had to be chauffeured around town in a car (gun it, Jeeves), it might be in this one.

Runners-up: the aforementioned S8, a VW Phaeton W12.

Photo credit: Papiertje

– Gyro


~ by velofinds on December 8, 2009.