The original XJ, the Series 1 was built in 1968 with the Series 2 and 3 following in 1973 and 1979 respectively. The XJ X300 spawned in 1994 saw a new curvier shape for the XJ, one heralded in the X350 and X358. Later in the autumn, the tenth iteration of the big luxury cat will be launched, while the generation we are focusing on here rolled off the production line last in 2009.
The X350 and X358 came in both long and short wheel based form and with a selection of petrol engines including a 3.0- V6, 3.5-, 4.2- and 4.2-litre supercharged V8, or an 2.7-litre V6 diesel, all mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The flagship luxury Jaguar came equipped with a host of technology, an aluminium body and air suspension, all of which provides extra challenges.
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