Friday, October 7, 2016
Clutch Player: 1996 Jaguar XJR 5 Speed
Before Jaguar sold out and went mainstream, they offered a surprising amount of cool stuff for car that was sold new to a bunch of stuffy rich folks. Available power in the X300 generation (1994-1997) was either a big revv-happy inline-6, or a thundering V12 -- and if you wanted the car to handle better than the Queen Mary, you got the inline-6. Find this 1996 Jaguar XJR 5 Speed offered for $14,999 in Chicago, IL via Hemmings. Tip from Bubba.
A 3-pedal Jaguar saloon car isn't just strange...it is awesome and strange. You could get the XJR with a 5-speed, but not in the United States, so somebody swapped a Getrag gearbox into the spot originally occupied by a GM 4-speed auto and the rest is tire-smoking-clutch-dumping history. The 4.0 liter AJ inline-6 in this M5 competitor is boosted to 322 horsepower from the factory with an Eaton supercharger.
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