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    Wilhelm Lutjeharms
    Wilhelm Lutjeharms Jaguar XJ Series 3
    Drummer’s XJ6 revealed. In amongst all the new and future cars at the Geneva Motor Show in March was a custom-built Jaguar-XJ6-Series-3 made by Jaguar-Land-Rover-Classic for Iron Maiden’s drummer, Nicko McBrain. The bespoke commission was a collaboration between Nicko, the engineers and craftsmen at #JLR-Classic-Works plus Jaguar design studio director (and heavy metal guitarist), Wayne Burgess.

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    The project involved more than 3500 man hours of work, with more than 4000 parts refinished, replaced or redesigned. Key features include unique front and rear bumpers – seamlessly blended in to the modified fenders with bespoke chrome brightwork and flush-fit US side markers – flared and re-profiled front and rear wheel arches to accommodate bespoke 18in wire wheels, unique sills and modified rear door pressings, uprated front and rear suspension with adjustable rear dampers, modern door sealing for reduced wind noise and an integrated touch screen operating satnav, phone, rear view camera and in-car entertainment.

    The leather seats are hand trimmed in Pimento Red with black piping and embossed head rests, while a black hand-crafted carpet and Alcantara headlining finishes off the trim. The dashboard features Dark Grey stained Sycamore veneers, the preferred material for Nicko’s favourite snare drums. Further nods to the owner’s art include machined aluminium rotary controls on the dashboard – inspired by the control knobs of the guitar amplifiers created by Nicko’s great friend Jim Marshall, and drum kit inspired pedals finished in chrome and black.
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    Posh trade puts XJ V12 luxo-barges back in fashion

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    There was a time when the bigdrinking, big-rusting V12 XJ was a hard sell. But that seems to be changing. The posh London trade is now pushing prices of fine low-milers up to £20k and soaking up the ready supply of Japanese imports. Exclusive Classic Cars in Burton upon Trent has a 1990 Daimler Double-Six in Westminster Blue, 24,000 miles with history for £16,995 while Seymour Pope in Herts has a perfect ’1991 import in Solent Grey with just 10,000 miles for £19,940.

    Look hard and you can still find tempting price abnormalities like the 47,000-mile Dorchester Grey ’1988 with McCarthy Cars in Croydon for £7995 or the ’1992 23,000-miler with The Car Warehouse in Cleveland for £9999. Both very fair money for what’s fast becoming a very desirable Jag. The silky 12-pot, gorgeous cabin and handsome Pininfarina-tweaked lines (best in darker colours) make this the most reined XJ of all, good for 147mph and 60mph in 7.5 seconds.

    I’m not usually a fan of Jap imports but in this instance their salt-free roads means repatriated cars are less rust-prone than UK versions. Corrosion round the screens can be expensive, headliners always sag and head gaskets can fail.

    Double-Sixes are slightly more desirable than Sovereign V12s but it’s all about condition. As a #luxo-classic for the weekends that can also cope with brisk stints on motorways these slinky 5.3 saloons take some beating. Many years ago I could have bought #Margaret-Thatcher ’s official Sovereign V12 from a BCA sale for just £4000. And there was I thinking it was too expensive.

    VALUE 2012 £7500
    VALUE NOW £10.5k
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    Jaguar XJ6 S1’s out of the basement but still a bargain

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    Prices have been moving up nicely for the early Jaguar XJ6. Time was you could by a good ‘1969 XJ for £7k but fine original low-mileage cars are now approaching the £20k threshold, as buyers understand that a professional restoration comes with a £120k bill.

    Pembrokeshire Classic Investments in Wales has a superb 22,000-mile ’1972 4.2 auto in Old English White with all books, manuals and tools for £18,995, while the Classic Car Warehouse in Blackburn has another very original ’1972 4.2 auto with 48,000 and two owners for £15,995. Back in 2012 Silverstone sold a perfect ’1969 4.2 with 13,000 miles for £24,640 – that car is worth £40k now. Those first XJs cost a bargain £2592 and were plush, fast and smooth but you had to wait a year for delivery. Road testers raved and in ’1968 it scooped the Car of the Year Award. Launch year cars carry a premium with their silver-rimmed gauges, body-coloured wheels and rear reflectors in the reversing lights, but only a handful survive.

    The Jaguar XJ6 ushered in a new era of luxury car dominance with Mercedes-beating silence, speed and technological refinement for £1000 less than an S-Class. The 4.2s feel more urgent than 2.8s and although manual XJs are more rare, the Borg Warner self-shifter is much more waftable. Daimler versions are worth 20% more but are harder to find. Even tatty projects are now running at £3-£5k but seek out the best you can find. Given the current six-figure restorations costs a fine Series 1 XJ at less than £20k is a resounding bargain – just like it was back in 1968.

    VALUE 2012 £6750
    VALUE NOW 2018 £11K
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