I was recently contacted by a journalist for Classics Monthly who was looking for series 1 Jaguar XJ12 to feature in an article on early 70’s super saloons. So on Saturday I spent half a day at a freezing RAF Bicester putting my XJ through her paces. The competition was an admittedly beautiful 1968 Mercedes Benz V8 6.3 saloon.

The build quality on the Merc was amazing – the doors clunking shut like the gates to Fort Knox. The XJ felt fragile by comparison. But the Teutonic V8 sounded harsh compared to the silky quiet smoothness of the Jag’s V12.

The journalist will score both cars in the article when it is published. I hope the Jag did enough to come out on top! Publication is due in late summer and I will post the results here.