Jaguar XJ6 X300

EN­GINE 3980cc/6-cyl/DOHC POWER 249bhp@4800rpm TORQUE 289lb ft@4000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 144mph 0-60MPH 7.8sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 20-24mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed auto MoT 12 months ODOMETER 155,500 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Matt Richard­son

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

Push the throt­tle and the au­to­matic gear­box hooks up in­stantly, launch­ing the car hard with rapid kick­down and smooth-shift­ing gears. The ride at cruis­ing speeds is re­lax­ing but the sus­pen­sion is taut enough to give good body con­trol un­der hard cor­ner­ing. There’s a clonk from a front near­side sus­pen­sion bush over sharp bumps, but the dealer plans to in­ves­ti­gate and rec­tify this. The power-as­sisted steer­ing is quiet and there’s no pulling to either side un­der hard brak­ing.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The pan­els are straight and there ap­pears to be no rust around the whee­larches, un­like many Jaguar XJs of this era. A pre­vi­ous owner ap­pears to have had some paint re­pairs done here and there, but the colour match is ex­cel­lent, with only a small run on the rear wing and a sub­tle edge to the paint in­side a door-shut giv­ing it away. The front of the bon­net has very fine stone chips across it and there is a scuff on the front bumper’s near­side corner, but the ven­dor claims that the chas­sis is in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and the car has now been un­der­sealed. The cor­rect Sport spec al­loy wheels are un­dam­aged and wear newlook­ing 225/55R16 tyres.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The cream leather is largely un­blem­ished and still looks fresh. The driver’s seat has a patina of crease lines, but is un­dam­aged and should re­colour well. The black ash wood dash­board is in fine con­di­tion with no scratches or peel­ing lac­quer, and the part-wood, part-leather steer­ing wheel looks per­fect. X300 head­lin­ings have a habit of droop­ing over time, but this car has a new one, and the dark car­pets are in su­perb con­di­tion through­out. The only real is­sue con­cerns cen­tre air vent slats, which don’t al­ways tilt up and down to­gether as they should – the link­age be­hind has either bro­ken or dropped off. This should be a sim­ple fix, how­ever.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The chain-driven 4.0-litre straight-six AJ16 en­gine has just been ser­viced and fit­ted with a new al­ter­na­tor. The ser­vice book has stamps up to 147,000 miles in 2012. The en­gine starts on the first turn of the key and idles qui­etly. The en­gine bay is clean and looks to be an hon­est rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the car’s gen­eral con­di­tion.

THE CCW VIEW

There are plenty of tired X300­gen­er­a­tion Jaguars out there but this one seems to have been well looked af­ter by its pre­vi­ous own­ers. The rel­a­tively modern engi­neer­ing pro­vides a stir­ring and re­fined drive that’s rather at odds with its 150,000-mile odometer read­ing – it cer­tainly feels like it has plenty of life left in it yet. At just over £2000, this is a great deal of car for the money and a frac­tion of what the car was worth when new.

PROS Just ser­viced, no ob­vi­ous rust, strong colour CONS Driver’s seat and air vent need at­ten­tion

BUY IT FROM Jaguar Ser­vices, Rochester, Kent ME3 9LB, 07821 763425

Re­cently-ser­viced en­gine feels younger than its miles.

Looks good, though driver’s seat could use a re-colour.

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