Concepts and prototypes : Jaguar XJ6

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

E-type saloon seemed like a great starting point.

E-type saloon seemed like a great starting point.

Rear end was certainly glamorous...

Rear end was certainly glamorous…

Early profile is stunning...

Early profile is stunning…

Front three-quarter view of the above car...

Front three-quarter view of the above car…

Six-light proposal on wires isn't that far off...

Six-light proposal on wires isn’t that far off…

Bulked up boot treatment jars with the rest of the sporting styling scheme.

Bulked up boot treatment jars with the rest of the sporting styling scheme.

The frontal styling starts to get finalised...

The frontal styling starts to get finalised…

Getting there. although it's still a six-light proposal at this point. And those rear lights look interesting.

Getting there. although it’s still a six-light proposal at this point. And those rear lights look interesting.


Experimentation: Fronal styling

A definite case of trying to find their way...

A definite case of trying to find their way…

Jaguar-meets-Bristol with this one...

Jaguar-meets-Bristol with this one…

That nasty oval in the grille was probably there to serve as a link with the S-type.

That nasty oval in the grille was probably there to serve as a link with the S-type.

A smaller oval - stepping in the right direction.

A smaller oval – stepping in the right direction.

The finished article...

The finished article…


Images supplied by Ian Nicholls

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Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007. Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Clsssics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent... Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasable adventures all across Europe.

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  1. Chris Baglin says:

    Wow! The ‘E Type saloon’ was incredibly stunning- guess the boot and the packaging would probably have been quite poor- but this was a far more beautiful car than the Series 1 and 2 XJ. Arguably the styling only really came right with the Series 3.

  2. francis brett francis brett says:

    @1 oooooohi think the series 1looks the best from perhaps purists perspective,trouble isi like them all!

  3. Paul Jenner says:

    The first two pictures ….. probably the most beautiful car I have ever seen !

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