Jaguar XJ6

EN­GINE 4235cc/6-cyl/DOHC POWER 176bhp@4500 rpm TORQUE 229lb ft@3500 rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 122mph 0-60MPH 17.6sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 12.1 mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, three-speed au­to­matic MoT July 2017 ODOME­TER 33,546 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? The 4.2-litre en­gine starts im­me­di­ately, idles well and de­liv­ers im­pres­sively smooth pick-up with an in­di­cated oil pres­sure of around 60psi. A faint vi­bra­tion through the steer­ing sug­gests a brake im­bal­ance, but the three-speed au­to­matic gear­box changes seam­lessly and the re­cently re­newed brakes de­liver strong, lin­ear stop­ping power. BODY­WORK CHECK The whee­larches, sills, door edges and un­der­side are solid and rust-free. The body has re­cently been ti­died and fresh un­der­seal ap­plied. Mi­nor ox­i­di­s­a­tion has be­gun to creep through be­low the front and rear screens but the body­work is bear­ing up well oth­er­wise. Close in­spec­tion of the metal­lic blue paint re­veals a few scuffs, pre­dom­i­nantly on the front wings, rear whee­larches and off­side rear bumper, but the paint still gleams and the coach­lines are un­bro­ken. The glass and the chrome are both in good order, but the rear screen rub­ber looks per­ished. The front tyres are re­cently fit­ted re­place­ments. HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR? The con­di­tion of the Jaguar’s cabin cer­tainly re­flects its low odome­ter read­out. The tan leather seats are sup­port­ive and com­fort­able. A small sec­tion of stitch­ing on the off­side rear seat re­quires at­ten­tion, but the match­ing leather door­cards and car­pets are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. The wooden dash­board ve­neer is un­dam­aged and all the di­als func­tion per­fectly. The electrics also per­form im­pec­ca­bly with lights, wind­screen wipers, horn, air con­di­tion­ing and win­dows all op­er­at­ing as they should. The head­lin­ing was re­placed a few months ago and the orig­i­nal Jaguar tool­kit is still present in the dry and rust-free boot. The only real is­sue is the fact that the orig­i­nal ra­dio switches on as it should, but pro­duces noth­ing more than a hiss­ing sound. UN­DER THE BONNET A fault with the bonnet catches cur­rently al­lows the bonnet to pop up as you build speed, though this should be rec­ti­fied be­fore sale. How­ever, the en­gine presents it­self well, with im­pec­ca­ble wiring and clean flu­ids to the cor­rect lev­els. The sub­frame mount­ings have been re­placed within the past 12 months, as have the rear brake discs and pads, fuel pipes, brake pipes and the oil and air fil­ters. THE CCW VIEW This XJ6 is still stand­ing proud af­ter 34 years on the road, and its to-do list is re­as­sur­ingly short, with just the sub­tle steer­ing vi­bra­tion, faulty bonnet catches and mal­func­tion­ing ra­dio to sort. The body­work and chrome still look great, but it’s not so im­mac­u­late as to de­ter reg­u­lar use. Fac­tor in the low-mileage, strong en­gine and con­sid­er­able re­cent me­chan­i­cal work, and the ask­ing price for this in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar Jaguar looks en­tirely fair.

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