This is where even period road tests by motoring magazines can be subjective. If you take a Jaguar and a Mercedes on a road racing or handing track and compare them to a Rolls Royce or a Cadillac, then of course, there is no question that they Rolls will 'roll' and the Cadillac would probably take that corner with the finesse of an elephant on roller skates. The 6.9 was a revelation at the time so in terms of performance, nothing could get near it. Even by today's standards, I embarrassed many (10 year old) Mustangs with mine.
But that's not how people drive a Rolls Royce, they do have super light steering (as does the XJ12 for that matter) making them feel less planted than the German but they are designed for uncompromising ride and not handling.
If you're looking for a closer experience to your W140, consider a Bentley Turbo R. My Brooklands definitely handles better and has much more power compared to a Corniche or Shadow (No experience with a spur). Yet better still, drive one! Everything that everyone is telling you here is subjective.
I need to get back to my XJ12C, Yes, you're right, so little time. Here's a picture of it where it rests, probably not moved in a couple of years.
Engine / Trans is finally out of the 280SEL from underneath. Now it's rear end, and a few nicknacks and it will be ready for pickup. In the words of Danny Glover, "i'm getting too old for this s**t"
Quite a long story. I traded a W123 300D for it last December. It was not running and the brakes were locked up. I've been slowly fixing, learning , breaking and re-fixing over the last few months. It's been fun.....mostlywhat is wrong with SS2 in the picture (right)?
I still see them every so often here. Not as much as 10 years ago and mainly because of the effort required to change the evaporator on one if it fails. The good thing about the part of Texas where I live is the lack of rust. You can climb under a 30 year old car and every hose and brake line looks brand spanking new.I did not see any w140 from here to Germany for a long time. it was not so 5 years ago.
I still see them every so often here.