1976 Jaguar XJ-C 4.2 'Modified' Convertible
|Engine||4.2 litre six-cylinder|
Before Jaguar built the XJ-S there was the XJC, a graceful two-door rendition of the much-acclaimed XJ6 (itself described as one of the most beautiful saloons ever made) and a firm favourite of Sir William Lyons. The XJ6 set new standards for refinement, with a ride unequalled by its German rivals, and plenty of performance on tap thanks to the 4.2-litre XK engine. The two-door XJC was based on the Series 2 version of the XJ6, which benefited from ventilated disc brakes and revised master cylinder, new Borg Warner Model 65 automatic transmission and revisions to bumpers and grille, along with a new dashboard and climate control system. With the same wheelbase as the saloon, the two-door had plenty of space inside for four adults and the longer doors made for dignified access to the rear seats. The side glass could be wound down to achieve a pillarless hardtop effect. Inside, the Jaguar retained the old-world atmosphere of rich timber veneers and leather hides, with plenty of luxury touches. The XJC was available in either six-cylinder or V12 form and built in limited numbers between 1973 and 1977, with 2606 produced in right-hand drive form. Our example is possibly unique in Australia, having been professionally converted to a Convertible.