OWNER’S VIEW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide - GRA­HAM SEARLE

As the gen­eral man­ager of the Jaguar En­thu­si­asts’ Club, Gra­ham Searle is well known within Jaguar cir­cles. Of his XJ6 he says: ‘This early (1969) ex­am­ple is my 10th Se­ries 1; what­ever I do, I al­ways come back to them. The ride is ex­cel­lent even by to­day’s stan­dards, but in 1968 it was phe­nom­e­nal! The per­for­mance is good and the all-round vis­i­bil­ity is ex­cel­lent. To me it’s the most stylish sa­loon Jaguar made; it was the model that turned a young Ian Cal­lum on to Jaguar.

‘My car had wire wheels fi­fit­ted by the pre­vi­ous owner. They weren’t an of­fi­fi­cial op­tion; Jaguar tested them, but de­cided against them due to the stress on the spokes. The car is one of the eas­i­est en­gine bays to work on as it was orig­i­nally de­signed to take the V12 en­gine, so ac­cess is ex­cep­tional. I’ve been ex­tolling the virtues of this model for years and fi­fi­nally the rest of the world has wo­ken up to what is un­doubt­edly the best sa­loon of the 1960s and 1970s.’

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