Jaguar XJ6/XJ12 (XJ4)
The story of the original Jaguar XJ saloon is by and large the history of Jaguar Cars itself during its production life. The ‘official’ version of events that has been propagated by most writers in so many books, magazines and indeed the original online draft of this article has come to be accepted as the truth. However, a delve into contemporary newspaper archives reveal a much more complex story, and nothing is as straightforward as it seems.
Here’s its story…
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Simply the best IF one were to draw up a list of the greatest British cars of all time, by just about any criteria the Jaguar XJ6/12 would be included. During a production run that spanned more than two decades, it was frequently acclaimed as the greatest car in the world. And yet, there was […]
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Two years before Leyland launched the Jaguar XJ-S, the Jaguar dealership HR Owen came up with a coupe of its own… HR Owen had a penchant for commissioning customised Leyland products. Having enjoyed moderate success with the Crayford/FLM Panelcraft Rover P6 Estoura, their next project was altogether more ambitious: in September 1973, they presented the […]
Two cats for the price of, well, two… THE above picture gives little clue as to why, at £35,000 in 1983, this rather special Jaguar should have cost well over twice the list price of the standard 4.2-litre XJ6 on which it was based. Indeed, the most noticeable external modification was a very 1980s, boomerang-style […]
When the Series III Jaguar XJ6 was launched in 1979, Mercedes-Benz had the the up-market estate scene pretty much to themselves, with Volvo and Citroën bringing up the rear. Avon saw things differently, however, offering this ungainly conversion of the Jaguar saloon, which traded the base car’s inate elegance for a cavernous rear-end. Only some […]
In 1990, world-renowned carrozzeria ItalDesign unveiled its Kensington – a very Italian take on how the next Jaguar saloon should look like. Could producing it for real given Jaguar its 2010 XJ moment 20 years earlier? Words: Keith Adams Redefining the leaping cat One of the best known Jaguar prototypes produced by an Italian styling […]
Thoughts on replacing the E-type weren’t limited to the V12-powered XJ-S grand tourer. Jaguar was also cooking up this potentially pretty sports car to supplement the new and exciting XJ6 saloon. But, as Ian Nicholls explains, things weren’t always that simple… The missing link THE Jaguar XJ21 was the missing link between the E-type sports […]
A mid-1970s update and bumper height regulations meant that Jaguar needed to facelift the front end. Some of these proposals are very interesting indeed… A new face Images supplied by Ian Nicholls
Getting the styling right on Project XJ4 was always going to be tricky… And as you can see, they had a few goes at it, before settling on the final, beautiful, solution. From E- to XJ- in a few simple steps Experimentation: Fronal styling Images supplied by Ian Nicholls
Graham Eason runs a classic car hire business called Great Escapes, and one of his fleet is this magnificent 1974 Jaguar XJ6 4.2 in long wheelbase form. As you can see, it’s a beautiful example, wonderfully photographed, too. It’s obviously a car that Graham has a lot of respect and time for, having blogged about […]
Graham Eason The Jaguar XJ6 Series 2 really is a great and overlooked classic car. A 350 mile round trip I took with my wife to the New Forest a few weeks ago served to prove the point. After a week cocooned in my daily driver (a high mileage Audi A6), I couldn’t face another three […]
During the 1950s and 60s, Jaguar had built itself a fearsome reputation for turning out fast, accomplished and stylish executive cars at astonishingly low prices. The 1968 XJ did not just continue the tradition, it moved it onto another level… Loved by one and all, the XJ lasted until 1986 in six-cylinder form and went […]
By Clifford Webb Midland Industrial Corresoondent British Leyland are recalling 5,000 1972 and 1973 XJ6 and XJ12 saloons, together with their Daimler derivatives, for a precautionary check on steering mechanism. A Jaguar spokesman said last night: “We would emphasize that this is not as a result of a single accident or the failure of a […]
By Kingsley Squire Jaguar’s new 140-mile-an-hour saloon was marooned in its factory yesterday . the day it was due to be unveiled. Strike pickets kept 500 of the new models from going on display in showrooms throughout the country. But the bosses did manage to sneak three of the new XJ12’s past pickets at the […]
The Jaguar XJ12 on sale from today. By Julian Mounter Motoring Correspondent The long-awaited V12 version of the XJ6 Jaguar is announced today. With a top speed of about 140mph and acceleration times that are more impressive than those of most sports cars, it is bound to be very popular in the company’s traditional export […]
The Jaguar XJ6 is unveiled By GEOFFREY CHARLES Motoring Correspondent Four-and-a-half-years work and £6,500,000 expenditure bear fruit today in a new range of cars that will focus the spotlights on Britain’s Jaguar stands at the Paris and London motor shows this autumn. Unquestionably the most re- fined, safest and advanced saloons ever produced by Sir […]