2022 Shannons Winter Timed Online Auction
1970 Jaguar XJ6 4.2 Series 1 Saloon
|Engine||4.2 litre six-cylinder|
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Jaguar’s XJ range of luxury sedans set new benchmarks for styling, refinement and a ride quality unmatched by even the best German rivals when introduced in 1968. Without question one of the most significant cars in the Jaguar’s history, the new XJ series was a thoroughly modern design, successfully combining the best of British quality with innovative technology. Initially launched with updated 2.8 or 4.2 versions of the venerable XK engine, the XJ was offered in Jaguar and Daimler versions, both sharing the same platform and basic bodyshell. In 4.2-litre guise, the XJ6 featured twin SU HD8 carburettors and much improved cooling, allied to a four-speed manual gearbox with a Laycock de Normanville overdrive, although Borg-Warner’s Type 35 automatic transmission remained the preferred choice for most buyers, particularly American customers. Larger 15-inch wheels were fitted to take advantage of new Dunlop E70VR15 radial tyres, along with an effective dual-line braking system using Girling equipment. The XJ6’s cabin has always been a Jaguar strength, featuring a lovely blend of traditional British artisanship with modern appointments; from the walnut veneer dash to the Connolly-covered contoured seats and rich pile carpeting, the XJ6’s interior was an inviting place to be. Notable features included an improved heating and ventilation system, with air conditioning optional. Joined by a longer wheelbase variant in October 1972, the first generation XJ6 remained in production from 1968 until 1973 before the revised Series 2 range was unveiled. Today, appreciation for the Series 1 XJ6 is growing; built in an era when the corporate influence of British Leyland hadn’t yet completely taken hold at Browns Lane, these early cars retain a purity of design and period charm increasingly lost on later generations.