Jaguar XJ6

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EN­GINE 3239cc/6-cyl/DOHC POWER 211bhp@5250rpm TORQUE 222lb ft@4000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 138mph 0-60MPH 8.9sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 18-24mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed au­to­matic MoT None ODOME­TER 158,994 miles WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

This XJ fires in­stantly, though the straight-six’s nor­mally gen­tle purr is am­pli­fied by a slightly blow­ing ex­haust sec­tion that will re­quire rec­ti­fy­ing be­fore an MoT. The bushes have re­cently been re­placed, so the ride is free of shud­ders or crashes, and the power-as­sisted steer­ing is nicely weighted and free of any vague­ness. The 3.2-litre unit up front feels far fresher than its 158,000 miles would sug­gest, with a healthy power de­liv­ery through­out the rev range, backed up by smooth kick­down from the four-speed au­tomtic gear­box. There’s no jud­der­ing or pulling from the brakes – me­chan­i­cally, this Jaguar feels in fine fet­tle.

BODY­WORK CHECK

There are quite a few cos­metic nig­gles to keep a new owner busy. Some of the lac­quer is lift­ing away from the Brook­lands Green paint­work – par­tic­u­larly on the off­side doors and bootlid – there are cracks and mi­crob­lis­ter­ing in the paint on the off­side front wing and a small sec­tion on the near­side rear wing where the paint has come away al­to­gether and which is now cov­ered in sur­face rust. There’s also moss grow­ing be­neath the off­side twin-head­lamp unit and the bumper chrome at ei­ther end would ben­e­fit from some TLC. How­ever, the body it­self is in solid con­di­tion and there are no signs of cor­ro­sion tak­ing hold on the whee­larches, along the sills or around the boot floor.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

The elec­tric sun­roof works cor­rectly but has re­cently started leak­ing, prompt­ing the ven­dor to tem­po­rar­ily seal it with duct tape. This leak would prob­a­bly ex­plain the mi­nor signs of damp in the driver’s footwell, but else­where the car­pets are dry, in good con­di­tion and free from any fray­ing. The front seats are show­ing their age, par­tic­u­larly the worn bol­ster on the driver’s side, but they’re not be­yond re­pair and the rear bench is in fine con­di­tion. The head­lin­ing at the rear is also start­ing to sag at the rear, but looks like it might be sal­vage­able. The four-spoke steer­ing wheel’s smoothly pol­ished rim is con­sis­tent with the car’s high mileage, but it’s worth not­ing that all of the in­stru­ments and elec­tron­ics – in­clud­ing the fac­tory-fit ra­dio cas­sette player – still work as Browns Lane in­tended.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

There’s noth­ing here to sug­gest this XJ has been abused. There’s a grub­bi­ness to some of the aux­il­lary com­po­nents that re­flects its mileage and age, and some of the sound dead­en­ing on the un­der­side of the bon­net is start­ing to come away. More en­cour­ag­ingly, there are no signs of any fluid leaks and none of the rub­ber pipes ap­pears to be cracked or per­ished with age. All of the com­po­nents ap­pear to have been well looked af­ter, and there are plenty of re­ceipts with the car to tes­tify that its in­nards have been reg­u­larly main­tained over the years. We drove the car be­fore its MoT ex­pired.

THE CCW VIEW

This XJ40 is def­i­nitely go­ing to need some cos­metic TLC sooner rather than later and its blow­ing ex­haust sort­ing out, but look past the tired ex­te­rior and high mileage and this is a bar­gain-priced Jaguar with plenty of life left in it. Ap­proach it as rolling project and we reckon it must be one of the cheap­est routes into XJ own­er­ship. David Simis­ter

Tired front seats and leaky sun­roof re­quire at­ten­tion.

En­gine runs re­ally sweetly, con­sid­er­ing its mileage.

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