Year of manufacture #1986
Recorded mileage 34,759
Asking price £12,750
Vendor Robert Hughes, Weybridge, Surrey; tel: 01932 858381; www. roberthughes. co.uk
WHEN IT WAS NEW
Price £12,750! (’1979 UK)
Max power 160bhp
Max torque 188lb ft
0-60mph 11 secs
Top speed 117mph
This late XJ6 3.4 is a manual, with tweed upholstery, stainless wheel trims instead of alloys, and no aircon or trip computer. But it does have extensive veneer including door cappings, which were added to the runout ‘sixes’. It’s been well kept, and seven service-book stamps (the last 700 miles ago in October) plus old MoTs confirm the mileage. The second owner, from 2010, detailed all of the work done in his tenure, including balljoints, steering rack and anti-roll bar bushes, master cylinders and a new auto enrichment device, which Hughes has junked in favour of a manual choke.
It sits perfectly and we couldn’t spot any of the touch-ups for which there are bills. The valance has a couple of hints of minor corrosion where the pipes come through, but the exhausts are fine. The underbody wax protection has lasted well and there seems to be no rot in the structure: floors, sills and inner wings are fine; the rear radius arm mounts solid. The worst you can find is a bit of surface rust on the front subframe. The tyres are half-worn P4000s, dated 2011, with a well-treaded Corsa spare. The jack and tools are in place, and there’s even a can of Windsor Blue paint.
Inside, the headlining, trim and carpets are immaculate. The dash top and wood are excellent. The engine has no leaks, but its tatty underbonnet insulation is the car’sworst part, though it could be replaced by negotiation. The coolant is full and blue/green, while the oil is cleanish and near ‘Max’. It starts instantly from cold, with no chain noises even from start-up. A manual transmission changes the character of an XJ somewhat: it’s geared well for motorways, with 3000rpm giving 80mph cruising. Oil pressure at those revs is a healthy 60psi, with 50psi showing at warm tickover. Coolant temperature is steady at about 85ºC. There’s a hint of pulsing through the brake pedal as you come to a standstill and the offside rear window didn’t work (it will by sale) – but that’s about it. The MoT runs until October.
EXTERIOR Excellent; rot-free; nice paint; clean looks with no wash/wipe
INTERIOR Unworn; clock still works
MECHANICALS Lowish mileage, so it feels as tight as they come
For Superbly kept; uncomplex spec
Against Not everyone will get it
SHOULD I BUYIT?
An XJ that reminds you of a Mk2, Down specced so there are fewer things to go wrong. What’s not to like? Very appealing to us Luddites.