More love for the XJ6
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.