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Top 10: Affordable Jaguars

Some of today’s classic (and modern-classic) Jaguar models offer spectacular value, with prices starting from just a few hundred pounds – although at that level it’s a case of ‘buyer beware’ in terms of potential problems. So which Jaguars make the best buys now – and which ones are the cheapest?

We’ve come up with ten different models from the Jaguar back catalogue that we think offer the finest value, with something here to suit all tastes, requirements and budgets. So which Jaguar would you go for – and why? Don’t forget to tell us in the comments section below.

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Jaguar 240 / 340

The Mk2 of 1959-on is still one of Jaguar’s most sought-after period saloons, which explains why an asking price of £60,000 isn’t unusual. But if you’re prepared to put up with a little less luxury (vinyl seats rather than leather, less sumptuous carpeting), the Mk2-based Jaguar 240 and 340 models – launched in 1967 – make a lot of sense. Both were short-lived, with the (3442cc) 340 disappearing in 1968 and the (2483cc) 240 the following year, after sales of just 7234 cars between them. But now they look like relative bargains, with 240s in fair condition going for £10,000 and superb 340s for around £20,000.

Read our 240 / 340 review here

Comments

oldroverboy.    on 11 July 2018

And, (From a former jaguar dealer Parts manager) be very careful about electronic items that no longer work... the cost of the airbags on the x350 suspension. and the Tinworm.

Dr Robert Taylor    on 12 July 2018

The article is wrong - the XJ40 was never supercharged (although a couple of experimental cars were knocked up at the factory).
The XJR version of the XJR was normally aspirated, I know, I have one!
The later X-300 XJR was supercharged.

Gordon Ennis    on 12 July 2018

Back in the early 70's my dentist who knew I was a car enthusiast told me he was selling his mint Jaguar Mk2 which had a full service history and was finished in white with red leather upholstery, and if I was interested I could have it for the princely sum of £200. A total bargain needless to say. However the price of petrol had just gone up to £1 per gallon. ( shock, horror, probe) ! Because of this I decided not to buy it. A young man I did not know couldn't believe his luck when he was offered the car for the same amount. Only one week into his ownership he stopped at a halt sign at a cross road but the lorry behind him did not, and pushed the Jaguar out in front of a single decker bus. No radical injuries but a totally wrecked Jaguar !!

expertad    on 14 July 2018

Still cursing the day I missed out on a lovely old English White XJ5.3C 1978 for a measly five grand.Not that long ago.Shudder to think how much now.

mmmmm    on 13 August 2018

Look up HJ CLASSICS, car reviews, Jaguar XJ 2003-2009, you will find a header article that takes care of the suspension airbags issue, hope this helps.

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