Later Series III XJs somewhat better-built, especially with the end of British Leyland ownership, fresh infusions of British government money, and the arrival of a tough but effective new leader in John Eagan.
The Series III actually resulted from delays in finalizing its Project XJ40 successor, but it stayed around somewhat longer than planned due to a sudden strong sales surge (beginning with the general 1982 economic recovery) that rendered an immediate replacement unnecessary.
Still, the XJ40 disappointed in several ways, and some marque fanciers prefer these Series IIIs as the last XJ6s with genuine Jaguar style and character. Derivative Daimler Sovereign and Double Six continued for Europe (respective production through 1984: 16,740 and 5049). In America, a Sovereign-like XJ6 Vanden Plas (named for the old-line British coachbuilder) was offered from 1982, boasting more standard features and interior wood trim. ABS Control Module