We enjoy the Jaguar XJ6 and put it fully to the test
1 DAILY DRIVING
Using an Series 3 every day would be a joy, although you would probably find yourself on first name terms with your local filling stations. It’d be worth it though, just to experience that silky ride, comfortable interior, smooth automatic gearbox and general cosseting every day, knowing that it has the power to conquer any motorway and find gaps in the traffic as you barrel along urban roads. You won’t find long trips tiring either, and excellent visibility and powerassisted steering – and the fact that it’s not a huge car by modern standards – help to ease the car into tight parking spaces.
2 IN THE SERVICE BAY
The XJ6’s engine might seem intimidating but being very much directly related to the original units of 1948, it’s actually relatively easy to work on. Just about every major conurbation includes an independent Jaguar specialist that knows it must keep prices low if it is to stay in business. Companies such as XJ Restorations can do virtually any XJ6-related job and getting hold of spares is no problem. Oil changes need to be carried out at least every 7500 miles – but preferably closer to every 5000 miles. Adhere to this and you vastly improve the chances of the XJ6 engine living long into old age.
3 ON THE SHOW CIRCUIT
Times have changed and most tatty dailydriver Series 3s have long since departed to the great teetering scrap heap in the sky, leaving mostly pristine examples behind. Memories of the close bond between the Series 3 and the TV’s favourite car dealer, Mr Arthur Daley is fading fast, too (and he drove the Daimler version, anyway). We’re sure that our immaculate bright red example would be welcomed at any show, though you’d probably have to wait a while on road runs for some of the other entrants to catch up with you. This car is a rather fine – and increasingly rare – period piece in 2017, too, so you’re sure to draw admiring crowds, whatever shows you attend.
4 THE LONG WEEKEND
Make sure you’ve cleared your credit card ready for the fuel bills and there are few modes of classic transport more up to the job of whisking you and up to three of your favourite people off for a long weekend. There’s a surprising amount of of room in the boot for luggage and the raised rear roof line is a boost for taller back seat passengers. The car’s sublime ride and general refinement would mean that covering even huge distances with a car-load of folk would be an utterly painless experience, too. Especially since this way you can split the petrol bills four ways…
5 THE B-ROAD BLAST
A hairy-chested E-type or XK140 might be more of a blast on a twisty, wet B-road, but an XJ6 would provide much of the fun and none of the fear that some of your journey might take place upside down. Simply put, the XJ is as involving as you want it to be. The steering is light, but much meatier than it was on previous XJ6s once you get to know it. If you fancy a challenge, you can make rapid progress through the most sinuous of winding roads, something that’s made all the more driver-friendly by the Jaguar’s excellent brakes.