Is the XJ12 model that last true Jaguar to exist?
They say if you get out of your car and you don’t glance back at it, then you’ve bought the wrong car. As car enthusiasts, no truer words have been spoken. It’s not just an object that takes you from one destination to another, but it’s a way of life. That’s exactly how Peter Muurman feels about his 1994 Jaguar.
Back in the early-'90s, Jaguar was an endangered species after being purchased by Ford Motor Company back in 1989 (and sold in 2009). While the Jaguar namesake still continues on to this day, some believe that the 1994 XJ12 model was the last true Jaguar to exist. After that, Ford started putting their engines in Jaguar models starting with the X308. To some, that means that the XJ12 is the last of a certain kind of Jaguar.
What drew Peter to the Jaguar XJ12 was the purr of that naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 engine. Without the complications of power adders, Peter learned how to work on the car himself. Pride comes from knowing the inner workings of your car and being able to fix any mechanical problem that may arise. Being able to perform your own work on a car creates a strong bond between person and machine.
Gallery: The 1994 Jaguar XJ12 Is The Last True Jaguar
Many associate a twelve-cylinder engine with the insane speed, but the Jaguar XJ12 was mainly built for luxury. Peter races motorcycles, so he is no stranger when it comes to traveling at crazy speeds and getting that adrenaline pumping. Most would associate a V12 engine for speed, but the XJ12 is a luxury cruiser more than anything. Exuding elegance, it is a car that could be found in the ritziest of neighborhoods or parked at your local country club.