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1973 Jaguar XJ6


The Jaguar XJ6 is believed to be a well-preserved car with factory paint and interior
The Jaguar XJ6 is believed to be a well-preserved car with factory paint and interior

When the Jaguar XJ6 was introduced in 1968, the brochure titled “Enter the Private World of the Jaguar XJ6” perfectly summed up these cars. The XJ sedan was a departure for Jaguar and their first truly modern car since the introduction of the E-type. It was, in fact, Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons’ favorite car that the company ever designed.

The Pick of the Day is a 1973 Jaguar XJ6 offered by a dealer in Carey, Illinois, and is apparently in unbelievably fine condition. Wearing Old English White paint with Russet Red Connolly leather interior, it is a car that just oozes sophistication and class. The Jaguar ideal of “grace, space and pace” is well-exemplified in this example.

The Jaguar’s interior has a luscious patina
The Jaguar’s interior has a luscious patina

I have to say that this desirable XJ6 Series 1 seems to be one of the finest examples that I have seen for sale in quite a long time. According to the listing on ClassicCars.com, the car spent the first 25 years of its life in California, and after a brief time in Colorado, it moved to Texas. This has a lot to do with the amazing condition of the body, which appears to have zero rust.

Another interesting fact about this XJ6, the seller says, is that it still seems to have its original paint and interior, making for a true survivor-class eligible car at any JCNA concours event. The seller also states that the wood dash is in nice shape with just a few minor lacquer cracks, and even the chrome looks terrific.

The most amazing part of the seller’s description, as any vintage Jaguar owner would attest, is that all electrical components – windows, headlights, taillights, gauges and warning lights – are fully operational, as is the factory air conditioning.

The drivetrain is equally good, the seller says, with everything working as it was intended to with none of the cooling issues that can plague this model when not properly serviced.

Even under the hood, the Jaguar looks clean and original
Even under the hood, the Jaguar looks clean and original

These early XJ6s are stunning cars to look at and fun to drive, partly due to having the same 4.2-liter straight-6 engine as the storied E-type.

Think of the XJ6 as having the luxury of a Rolls-Royce but with the sporting driving experience and exhaust note of a Jaguar sports car, and you get what these cars are all about.

There are very few Series 1 XJ6s in this nice condition anywhere that have escaped having their engines stupidly swapped for Chevy small blocks, and this stunning example would make a great addition to any collection at the modest asking price of $22,000.

On second thought, maybe I should buy it and not make it my Pick of the Day…

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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