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1992 Jaguar XJ40 Sovereign

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£6,000 - £8,000

  • Mileage~59,600
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine3.2L
  • LocationMorecambe


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Driving an XJ40 is an experience, a smooth cosseting ride with progressive handling - a must-have luxury classic.

Produced by Jaguar Cars between '86 and '94, the XJ40 was the all-new second-generation XJ to replace the Series III, using the independent rear suspension, and a number of technological enhancements, the XJ earned the title of "Safest car in Britain".

The Sovereign model came equipped with significantly more features than the standard XJ, such as air-conditioning, headlamp washers, six-speaker sound system, rear self-leveling suspension, anti-lock braking lock system, and burl walnut wood trim.

You can tell the later Sovereigns from the earlier models with the single rectangular headlights which featured between 1991-94.

We really like the look of this XJ Sovereign with only ~59,600 on the clock, Peter is the current owner and after running out of space to store it, is having to part with this lovely example.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Kevin after meeting Peter the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

What a car to drive, almost 30 years old but feels like a million dollars - this is head and shoulders above most others for sale right now.

Peter purchased the car from his son-in-law after a year of meticulous ownership. However, after not having anywhere to store it and working away a lot, Peter has made the difficult decision to part with it.

Peter has really enjoyed using the car on the weekends, and knowing how special it is he couldn't bear to use it as a daily driver, so has it tucked away for occasional use.

Peter's son-in-law bought the car in July 2019 and had some work carried out on the wheel bearings, fitted a new electric aerial, and full engine service.

Peter will be more than happy to answer any of your questions in the comments below.

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An unmissable elegant silhouette, the Jaguar XJ with it's boxy '80s good looks is maturing very quickly into classic status.

Wheels and Tyres

The classy Jaguar XJ40 wheels look in very good condition on this example - when getting really close we did notice very minor curbing around the edges.

Accelera tyres wrap each 15" wheel and are all presented in great condition with lots of tread left for the new owner this summer.


The bodywork appears all original and in excellent condition on this luxurious XJ from the early '90s. You can tell the amount of meticulous care which has gone into keeping it in this condition over the years.

The panel gaps look great, along with the shut lines being flush, Peter reports each of the doors hang well of their hinges, and open and close with ease.

Please take a look at the photographs and videos on the exterior.


The Oyster metallic paint finish reveals a great lustre. The colour is consistent and looks even across each panel as you can see in the media.

Please take a look at the photographs to see how good the paint is for yourself.

Glass and Trim

The glass looks in excellent condition across the car, along with the trim.

All the window rubbers and seal appear tight with no signs of excessive wear or degrading.


One exclusive cabin space to be in - the most luxurious leather and walnut burl trim everywhere you look.

Seats and Carpets

The seats look in excellent condition for their age and in line with the mileage, they show great signs of care.

On our visit, we didn't notice any major signs of wear and tear, just some very light creases on the driver's seat - overall very clean example throughout.

The carpet, door cards, and headlining also tell a similar story, appearing in excellent condition throughout.


The dashboard and instrument dials appear as you would expect, in very good original condition.

Peter reports all the gauges and dials are working as they should.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The full leather XJ steering wheel matches the rest of the trim in the car and is presented in excellent condition.

The automatic gear selector found on the center console is also is in line with the age and mileage, shown in very good condition.

Please take a look at the photos and videos for a closer look at the interior.


The bulletproof six-cylinder 3.2L AJ6 engine coupled to a four-speed auto for silky-smooth driving - a really reliable classic you'll be tempted to use as a 'daily'.

Engine and Gearbox

In 1991, the widely recognised under-powered 2.9L was replaced by a 3.2L model. During development, British Leyland considered providing the Rover V8 engine for the car which would have eliminated the need for future Jaguar engine production. The XJ40 bodyshell was allegedly engineered to prevent fitting V-configuration engine - in particular the Rover V8 - which BL management had desired. This subsequently delayed the introduction of the V12 powered XJ12 until '93 as the front structure had to be extensively redesigned.

The automatic gearbox used injunction with the 3.2L six-cylinder was the four-speed ZF 4HP22. The auto transmission selector was also redesigned to allow the manual selection of forward gears without accidentally selecting neutral or reverse - this is known as "J-Gate" and remained a staple of all Jaguar models until 2008.

Watch the cold start video to see the car starting with no issues or unusual sounds.

Suspension and Brakes

The Sovereign was fitted with rear self-leveling suspension (SLS) and offers a beautifully smooth riding experience.

Peter also reports the brakes work very well and stop on demand.

The Drive

The XJ40 is a real Jaguar, it's smooth, powerful and comfortable - everything a Jaguar should be.

With 195bhp and a 0-60 speed of 8.5s this car shifts in style when you want it to.

Peter prefers the relaxed approach and uses it as a weekend cruiser when he gets the chance.

Electrics and Other

The car featured a number of technological enhancements and being a Sovereign gained an electronic instrument cluster, headlamp washers, and a six-speaker sound system.

Peter reports all the electrics are working well to his knowledge.

History and Paperwork

The XJ will tick all the boxes for your next classic adventure, excellent condition, relatively low miles and luxurious motoring.

The car comes with limited paperwork, which consists of the MOT documentation and V5.

Peter's son-in-law bought the car in July 2019 and had some work carried out on the wheel bearings, new electric aerial, and full engine service.

Peter purchased the car from his son-in-law in March and since has enjoyed some light motoring in this XJ Sovereign. Due to working away from home a lot and not having anywhere to store it is having to part with it.

Please leave any questions you have in the comments below, and Peter will get back to you very shortly.

We've actioned checks on; Seller ID, V5, HPi.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
23.06.2020 MOT 58,696
24.06.2019 MOT 58,163
17.10.2018 MOT 58,053
12.08.2016 MOT 58,036
31.07.2015 MOT 57,877
31.07.2014 MOT 57,688
19.07.2013 MOT 57,500
19.07.2012 MOT 57,054
22.07.2011 MOT 55,350
09.06.2010 MOT 53,167
11.05.2009 MOT 49,744
20.05.2008 MOT 45,513
03.04.2007 MOT 41,300
03.05.2006 MOT 37,886
Key Details
  • ModelXJ40 Sovereign
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date14.08.1992
  • CC3239
  • Mileage~59,600
  • ColourGold
  • Interior ColourCream
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #SAJJHALG3AJ665318
  • Engine #9BPMNA110046
  • MOTYes. Exp - 22.06.2021
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers5
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned2 months
  • Key FeatureCondition

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£2,500 bid by LukeAtk 15.05.2021 @ 11:58:04

Hi there,
Great car. It looks stunning in the pictures.
I’m thinking about bidding, but just wanted to check the car is water tight. In a couple of pictures it looks like the carpets are damp. Does the car leak?

£1,500 bid by BGS 12.05.2021 @ 19:21:16

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