More love for the XJ6

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Your ar­ti­cle Ev­ery­one Loves An XJ6 in the 11 Jan­uary is­sue on the de­sir­abil­ity and value of the Se­ries 3 Jaguar Sovereign echoed a num­ber I have read, but I must dis­agree on avail­abil­ity.

My late father bought a three-year old S3 in 1989, and bored ev­ery­one on how su­perb it was un­til he died in 1995 aged 80. I well re­call his first long jour­ney in the Jaguar to Corn­wall, when a po­lice car pulled along­side on the M5, and the oc­cu­pants wagged a re­proach­ful fin­ger to­wards the speedome­ter. He checked, and it read 115mph, but he sim­ply didn’t re­alise its speed. Amaz­ingly, the nice po­lice­men car­ried on their jour­ney with­out stop­ping him.

I still have the car and have taken it to many shows and ral­lies over the years, but for the past ten it has usu­ally been the only Se­ries 3 present, even at the Jaguar Driv­ers and En­thu­si­asts Club An­nual Ral­lies.

My only warn­ings to po­ten­tial own­ers are the 16-18 mpg (my father lit­er­ally cheered if the com­puter ever read 20mpg, which rarely oc­curred), and the real need for an ex­tra ra­tio on the three-speed au­to­matic gear­box. The ride qual­ity still out­strips the dozen or so newer Jaguars I have owned or cur­rently still have. It’s a true Bri­tish clas­sic for less than £10k – best value on the mar­ket, if you can find a good one! Mal­colm Ward, Fine­don, Northants.

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