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Jaguar XJ6 4.2 Litre Coupe, 1975
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Jaguar XJ6 4.2 Litre Coupe, year 1975. Colour pale green/grey metallic with a black leather interior. This beautiful XJ6 Coupe was restored a few years ago, the very good original leather interior was retained. Also, the six cylinder in-line engine was overhauled, it has run just short of 5000 kilometres ever since. The automobile is in very good to excellent condition and the car drives perfectly. A photo reportage of the restoration works is present. During the restoration, the owner had the car fitted with details of the Daimler Sovereign sister model. You will find a Daimler grille, trunk grip, chrome strip on the bonnet and, hub cap centres with Daimler logo fitted to the car. If desired these alterations can be reversed by a new owner. This beautifully designed coupe was only produced from 1975 until the year 1977.

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The Jaguar XJ was presented in the year 1968 as Jaguar XJ 6 (series 1). The Jaguar XJ combines the qualities of a sports car and a limousine in one car. The XJ has excellent road holding capabilities, is very fast and powerful, is very comfortable and last but not least very silent. All these characteristics are united in the most timeless and delightful sporty limousine design Jaguar has ever drawn. The Jaguar XJ was also manufactured as Daimler Sovereign. The Daimler was meant to be less sporty and more a luxury limousine for buyers who appreciated sheer comfort.

The series 1 was built between 1968 and 1972, series 2 between 1973 and 1979. Series 3 is still a young timer and was built between 1979 and 1991.

The Jaguar XJ Coupe was available new with two engines; the 4.2 liter six cylinder XK engine and the 5.3 liter V 12 engine. The Jaguar XJ Coupe is absolutely the finest available when you are looking for a Jaguar XJ. The design, character and capabilities of this automobile are just excellent.

Technical data*

6 cylinder engine (DOHC)
two SU HS8 carburettors
cylinder capacity: 4235 cc.
capacity: 167 bhp. at 4500 rpm.
torque: 312,7 Nm. at 3000 rpm.
top-speed: 116 mph. - 187 km/h.
acceleration 0-60 mph.: 8,7 sec.
gearbox: 4-speed manual / 3-speed, automatic
weight: 1750 kg.

*Source: The Jaguar File

Jaguar history

Though the Jaguar brand was first used in 1945, its factory had been founded long before. In 1922, William Lyons and William Walmsley laid the foundation of the firm in Blackpool, England, with the name of Swallow Coachbuilding Co. The factory constructed motorcycles and sidecars and later bodies based on the Austin Seven chassis. When in the 1930s their own SS cars were built, the company name was changed into SS cars Ltd.
The SS cars were conventional saloons and drophead coupes in the way many other British brands built them.
For obvious reasons, After World War II the company name SS Cars Ltd. was changed into Jaguar Cars Ltd. It was the birth of the now famous and popular make of Jaguar.

The pre-war SS models were sold under the name of Jaguar until 1948, and in this year the saloon, the MK-V, and a sports car, which was the much talked of XK 120, were brought onto the market.
The XK 120 was very successful, and established the fame of this name as one of the icons in the history of motorcars. The XK 120 could reach 120 miles an hour (almost 200 km/h), which made it the fastest production car of its time. Moreover, the XK 120 cost much less than the other comparable production models by Aston Martin and Ferrari.
In 1951 and 1953, Jaguar won the 24-hour of Le Mans with a racer based on the XK 120, the Jaguar C-type. It made the name outright immortal. Success was continued the next years with the Jaguar D-type, which surpassed its competitors with its disc brakes.
The XK sports car series was a success and the XK 120 was succeeded by the XK 140 and XK 150 over the years. The deluxe saloons were a spur to victory with the introduction of the MK I in 1957 and the MK II in 1959. This self-willed, streamlined sedan was a real ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’. The car was fitted with the powerful 3.4 litre XK six-cylinder engine, which was good for reaching a top-speed of about 200 km/h.

In 1960, Jaguar took over the British Daimler, and from that time onward it used the name of Daimler for its deluxe, comfort-oriented models, and the name of Jaguar for its sporty cars.
In 1961, the famous Jaguar E-Type was born. The E-Type was inspired by the D-Type racing car from the fifties. Like the XK, the E-Type was an icon in the history of car making, with an almost alien design and excellent technology. The E-Type appeared as a roadster, as an FHC (Fixed Head Coupe) and as a 2+2. They also built some special lightweight E-Types to prolong the racing successes of the past. However, they did not succeed as competitors had copied the technical achievements of the D-Type.
In the production of the deluxe saloons, a large MK X was added to the MK II, and the contiguous S-Type, the 240/340 series and the 420/420G series were brought onto the market.

In 1968, the Jaguar XJ was designed and though evolved in many ways, the XJ is available to this very day.…
In 1971, a V12 engine was added to the Jaguar E-Type, and later in the Daimler Double Six and the Jaguar XJ 12. At that time, it was the only twelve-cylinder engine in serial production in the world.
In the mid-seventies, the E-Type had to clear the field and besides the XJ, the special-lined 2+2 came onto the market. It was the XJS. This car was also available as a convertible.

So far the classic period. In the future the Jaguar history from 1980 will be filled in.

© Marc Vorgers 

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