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.’