The Jaguar XJ is a series of full-size, luxury cars produced by Jaguar from 1968 to 2019. It was produced across five basic platform generations (debuting in 1968, 1986, 1994, 2003 and 2009) with various updated derivatives of each. From 1970 it was Jaguar's flagship four-door model.
The first-generation XJ (Series 1) was produced for a total period of 24 years, with two major facelifts in 1973 (Series 2) and 1979 to 1992 (Series 3).
The Series 3 (the subject here for sale) incorporated a subtle exterior redesign by Italian styling house Pininfarina.
Changes from the Series II included thicker and more integrated rubber bumpers with decorative chrome only on the top edge, flush door handles, one-piece front door glass without a separate quarter-light, a grille with only vertical vanes, the reverse lights moved from the boot plinth to the larger rear light clusters and a revised roofline with narrower door frames and increased glass area.
The option of a sunroof and cruise control were also available for the first time.
Production of the 4.2-litre, in-line six-cylinder Series III XJs reached 122,453 cars and continued until early 1987, after which it was replaced by an all-new XJ40.
First registered in May, 1986 and now part of a private collection, the current owner acquired the car several years ago and had it undergo a degree of de-rust restoration from vulnerable areas of the car, to weld where necessary and patch paint as required.
It is for sale because of recent new additions to the collection, which require the car to be sold on.
The car comes with a limited quantity of paperwork, which includes the V5 Registration Certificate, past and current MOT Certificate to 08.12.2021, the original Owner’s Handbook & Maintenance Handbook, original Bill of Sale dated 01.05.1986 and various other documents as shown.
The interior is finished in its original cream leather and light brown carpeting and, considering its age, remains a stately place to spend some quality road time.
The roof lining and door cards are in good condition, but there are a few areas where the lacquer varnish is flaking away from the wood trim.
There is a full complement of original seatbelts and all the seat adjustments are in working order, as is the factory-fitted radio cassette player.
The boot space is fully carpeted and in tidy condition and a full-sized matching spare wheel is present, as is the wheel jack and tools.
Only when you’re up close do you realise the sheer size of the Jaguar XJ6 saloon. It’s a little shy of 200 inches (or 5,070 metres) long and a tad less than 70 inches (1,768mm) wide, and a sleek 52.8 inches (1,341mm) high.
The Jaguar’s paintwork is in good order with a few time-served blemishes which add to its appeal. There are small areas of rust spotting on the bumper brightwork, which again are age-related.
Front, rear and side sills are in good order and no visible damages are evident.
When repositioning the XJ6 for these photographs, the 4.2-litre V6 fired up first time, every time and purred sweetly at the idle – delivering the gentle rocking motion idiosyncratic of a large capacity engine when revved.
The automatic gearbox engaged smoothly during those short manoeuvres and mechanics all seemed in good working order.
The front steering geometry presents in good, clean order, befitting its current valid MOT.
Who doesn’t love a stately land-yacht that would be the perfect accessory for Mrs Bucket of ‘Keeping Up Appearances’?
This Jaguar XJ6 has aged gracefully and now seeks a new home and keeper to continue its regal existence. It smells delightfully of old leather and isn’t so much worn out as gently broken in.
The XJ was the last car that Jaguar co-founder Sir William Lyons was personally involved with and the Series III XJ’s are the prettiest by a country mile.
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