1979 Jaguar XJ6 4.2 Series 2
Rust-free South African import; in need of mechanical attention
Launched to a disbelieving world in 1968, the Jaguar XJ6 still ranks as one of the most significant cars ever made. It's astonishing standards of handling, comfort and refinement, coupled with the traditional Jaguar attributes of performance and value for money, immediately made every other car on the road look over-priced and old-fashioned.
Jaguar refreshed the XJ range in 1973 with the introduction of the Series II. The new car featured a sleeker new body shell which had a slimmer front grille, new front air intake below the bumper, new lights and a revised interior. At first both short and long wheelbase versions were available, however all cars carried the long wheelbase after 1975. Although worldwide production of the Series II ended in mid-1979 to make way for the Pininfarina-styled Series III, it remained in production at Jaguar’s Cape Town factory in South Africa until 1981.
This particular Series II 4.2 was first registered in Cape Town on 1st January 1980. Being a South African made model, it has the cloth interior that was typically fitted to cars in hot climates where leather trim was prone to dry out and crack.
Imported to the UK in December 2017 with all duties paid, it was acquired by our vendor in January 2018 to join a collection of cars, passing its first MOT in March 2018 and again in May 2018. It was then put into storage until October 2021 when it was submitted for another MOT which it failed: ‘windscreen washer not working; stop lamps all not working; n/s/r service brake excessively binding’.
In the meantime it had also become increasingly difficult to start, so it is being sold here as a non-runner - the engine spins over easily but it won't start. As you can see in the photos, the bodywork and structure appears to be in excellent shape with none of the rust that usually affects Jaguars of this era. Not yet UK registered, it does come with a South African Certificate of Title and a NOVA reference to prove that all duties have been paid.
On offer here at no reserve as a straightforward recommissioning project, it has the makings of a very smart car indeed.
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email [email protected]
* All charges are subject to VAT