- Post is under moderationDrummer’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.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.
- Post is under moderationPosh 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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- Post is under moderationCAR #Jaguar-XJ-6-3.4 / #Jaguar-XJ6 / #Jaguar-XJ / #Jaguar / #Jaguar-XJ-Series-3 / #Jaguar-XJ6-Series-3 / #Jaguar-XJ-6-3.4-Series-3 /
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.
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- Post is under moderationJAGUAR IN PURSUIT OF PERFECTION / #Jaguar-XJ6 / #Jaguar-XJ12 / #Jaguar / #Jaguar-XJ / #Jaguar-XJ12-Series-3 / #Jaguar-XJ6-Series-3 / #Jaguar-XJ-Series-3 / #1979 / #1980 / #V12
In the Summer of 1980 , #Jaguar-Cars-Ltd was reformed as a separate company within the Cars Group of B.L. And one of the worlds great car makers regained control of its own destiny.
As a result, every model in the Jaguar range is now a better car. Not just face-lifted but better.
And better value too because, in the process, recommended retail prices for all models have been substantially reduced.
All 12-cylinder models are now fitted with our unique new 'High Efficiency high compression cylinder head-a triumph of Jaguar engineering which both improves performance and gives fuel economy superior to the Mercedes 380 and 500 S-class W126.
There are many improvements to the already superlative standard specification. On the XJ12 H.E., these include wider section tyres and new alloy wheels, an electrically operated steel sunroof, twin electric door mirrors, a headlamp wash/wipe system and a range of lustrous new paint colours using Jaguar's new high technology paint process. Both 6-cylinder models have also been improved-outside, inside and under the bonnet.
Finally a standard specification #Jaguar-XJ6-4.2-Automatic at £15,040 costs £260 less than a standard #Mercedes-Benz-280SE-V126 / #Mercedes-Benz-280SEL-W126 . But here is the real difference; standard specification on the Jaguar 4.2 includes leather upholstery electric windows, electric aerial and a radio/cassette player. On a Mercedes 280SE W126 these features are all "extras" at a recommended cost of £1,732.
Our philosophy is called the Pursuit of Perfection. You could call it more Jaguar for less money. Take a test-drive-because actions speak louder than words.
Price, based upon manufacturers R.R.P. and correct at time of going to press, includes seat belts. Car Tax and VAT (Delivery, number plates and road tax extra.) Mercedes-Benz W126 1980 price inclusive of delivery. Sun roof standard on XJ12 H.E. but optional on XJ6 3.4 and 4.2 models. Official fuel consumption figures for Jaguar XJ12 H.E. urban cycle 15.0 m.p.g. (18.8 L/100km); constant 56 m.p.h. 26.8 m.p.g. (10.5 L/100km): constant 75m.p.h. 21.5 m.p.g. (13.1 L/100km).
JAGUAR CARS LTD In pursuit of perfection.Stream item published successfully. Item will now be visible on your stream.