RE: Shed of the Week: Jaguar XJ6

RE: Shed of the Week: Jaguar XJ6

Friday 6th October 2017

Shed of the Week: Jaguar XJ6

Single owner and spotless MOT history on this Jag, what's not to like?



Back in the 1990s, whenever Mrs Shed was driving, Shed wore a blindfold. He told Mrs Shed it was for health reasons. She assumed it was to protect his eyes from the sun, but the truth was that the sight of Mrs Shed’s enormous wobbling 424lb bulk wedged between the seat and the steering wheel made him feel physically sick.


Anyway, through blind passengering Shed developed a talent for identifying cars without seeing them. It wasn’t that hard. Before all mainstream motoring brands became the same, it was a simple matter of piecing together some simple sensory clues.

A Honda felt light and tinny, a Mercedes felt like it was carved out of a solid block of steel, and a Jaguar felt, well, Jaguary. It was the cosy space, the buttery leather, the glassy smoothness of the wood veneers, the refinement and power of the six-cylinder engines.

But most of all it was the ride. If the movie Independence Day had come out in the mid-1960s, conspiracy theorists would have claimed that Jaguar chassis engineers had gained access to advanced technology from another planet. That’s how far ahead of the game the first XJ6 of 1968 was. Shed clearly remembers Raymond Baxter of the BBC getting very excited by it on the London Motor Show preview programme. Sadly, that clip doesn’t seem to be around on the internet, but here’s a Pathe News show report instead. "A choice of two power units that push it along like a racing car or purr along smoothly for sedate driving." The syntax was wrong, but the sentiment wasn’t.


Jaguar certainly seemed to have a remarkable insight into achieving the best blend of ride comfort and road holding. Although the gap between them and the rest has narrowed somewhat since the mid-1960s, they still led the field 30 years later when this week’s rather lovely XJ6 Shed came off the Browns Lane production line in Birmingham.

The spotless MOT history tells an unmistakable tale of money-no-object maintenance by the single owner. The sheet metal and uncreased leather look bob on. There’s no leaper on the bonnet, which will please the purists, and you’ve even got four new tyres to bimble about on.

Without actually mentioning the ad-killing words ‘Cat D’, the vendors admit that it was deemed uneconomical to repair at some point in its life. When Jaguars reach this level of value, it doesn’t take much in the way of damage for insurers to give it the thumbs-down. The owner has quite rightly given the insurers a different digital gesture and had it mended anyway. Well done him for preserving a car he clearly loved. For the next owner, this kind of history will not be an issue from the point of view of enjoyment or insurance. A classic policy will be buttons.


But surely Jags are unreliable old heaps, you cry? Not these ones. Looked after, an AJ16-engined X300 will easily reach and cross the 200,000-mile rubicon. Many will claim that the 3.2 is not the de facto XJ6 engine, that the 4.0-litre six provides a wodge more torque with little fuel penalty, and that the X308 V8 is the best choice of all. Leaving aside the fact that the V8s have stupid ‘sealed for life’ gearboxes that are no such thing, and that they have a reputation for flooding if you turn them off when they're still cold, the trick here surely is never to drive the 4.0 or the V8 so that you don’t know what you're missing, and simply settle back to enjoy an engine that’s still bigger and more relaxing than 98% of anything else on the road. Bargealicious.

You may detect a suggestion of whine from the diff once the liquids are warm, and the suspension bushes top and bottom do fail, along with the front suspension V-mounts, but you can forget most of your fears about Jaguar electronics. There’ll be the odd warning light coming on and the odd clock and J-gate light going off, but other than those and the seat memory, boot lock, and heater elements sometimes going south, it’s pretty much golden.


Obviously, you need to keep an eye out for rust on any 22-year old car. Usual XJ trouble spots are the sills, wheel arches, bottom wing and door edges and window surrounds. Again, the full-service history will be working in your favour.

As a classic to lay down or a car to enjoy, this Jaguar has a lot going for it. Buy it, stock up on a few blindfolds and get the missus to drive. You’ll be transported back to a better time.

Here's the ad.

Metallic Blue with light Grey interior, Air conditioning (cold), Remote alarm locking, Full book pack and 2 sets of keys,, 1 owner, 5 seats, Electric Windows (Front/Rear), In Car Entertainment (Radio/Cassette), Multiple Air-Bags, ABS, This ONE OWNER example has a SERVICE HISTORY, It has also recently had 4 New tyres fitted, This example is in good clean condition throughout and drives beautifully, This example has had very minor cosmetic damage which an insurance company deemed uneconomical to repair due to new parts no longer being available., Finance & Warranties arranged, All Major Debit cards accepted, VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT OPEN 7 DAYS., £1,490 p/x to clear
3.2 XJ6 4dr

   
   
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lyricalgangster

Original Poster:

87 posts

81 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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I like! Seems somewhat rude to call this a shed...

ambuletz

7,283 posts

117 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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can't believe that car is 22years old, it has aged very well.

BeastieBoy73

238 posts

48 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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Jaguar cars have never done anything for me (and still don't) but that would be a great way to waft around for not much money.

Seems a shame that, given the time, money and care the cars current owner seems to have lavished on it, it's next owner is likely to take a more "sheddy" approach to its upkeep.

I hope this "shed" continues to be pampered rather than end up on a banger rally.

hammo19

1,855 posts

132 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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Shed has done us proud this week. Everything a shed should be. Cheap, desirable, smug ownership inducing transport. It’s an A1 shed.

rastapasta

426 posts

74 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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Alot of car for the money here. Very nice and looks well maintained too. Nice car to go dogging in I reckon
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99dndd

1,100 posts

25 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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Advert said:
This ONE OWNER example has a SERVICE HISTORY,
Service history could mean 3 receipts from a while back and a letter from "Dave the mechanic" saying the brakes seem OK.

Still looks a lovely car for the money.

jimdollar

11 posts

24 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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Had a 1994 one just like this, 3.2 litre version, same colour a this , bought it in 2002 with low miles , had it for 2 or 3 years, engine was silky smooth and silent, only things I had to replace was a lambda sensor, was a great car.

J4CKO

25,749 posts

136 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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What a lovely thing, cat D doesnt matter on a shed, you could spend extra on one without it and it need four tyres, brake and a few other bits or buy one that has had everything done, but it has that largely irrelevant mark against it.

Nice colour and looks very straight.

johnnyBv8

1,828 posts

127 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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Looks nice, though the "one owner" claim by the dealer is an odd one, as it's showing as having had 3 registered keepers. Maybe all the same person/family, but perhaps unlikely.

kellyt

156 posts

55 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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lyricalgangster said:
I like! Seems somewhat rude to call this a shed...
Seconded. That's just a nice car. Really nice car.

sgtBerbatov

824 posts

17 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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Hmm. I always thought that the Browns Lane Jaguar plant was in Coventry, not Birmingham.

Don't know what made me think this, maybe every time I went to Coventry from Birmingham I'd pass the "Welcome to Coventry" sign and then see Browns Lane.

Who knows.

sjabrown

1,234 posts

96 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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It's a shame that's at the wrong end of the country. Lovely looking barge.

Mark-C

2,704 posts

141 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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sgtBerbatov said:
Hmm. I always thought that the Browns Lane Jaguar plant was in Coventry, not Birmingham.

Don't know what made me think this, maybe every time I went to Coventry from Birmingham I'd pass the "Welcome to Coventry" sign and then see Browns Lane.

Who knows.
Definitely Coventry.

What a lovely shed this is and the straight six suits it so much better than the later V8

alorotom

5,254 posts

123 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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I like the idea but I think the reality will be very different to the thought ... similarly to wanting the high school hotty when you’re 15 and landing her when your 33 - it’s only going to be disappointment, tears and an empty bank account

J4CKO

25,749 posts

136 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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alorotom said:
I like the idea but I think the reality will be very different to the thought ... similarly to wanting the high school hotty when you’re 15 and landing her when your 33 - it’s only going to be disappointment, tears and an empty bank account
Landing a 15 year old at 33 wont end well either wink

I would have the Jag and not have to sign the register !


Toyoda

958 posts

36 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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99dndd said:
Advert said:
This ONE OWNER example has a SERVICE HISTORY,
Service history could mean 3 receipts from a while back and a letter from "Dave the mechanic" saying the brakes seem OK.

Still looks a lovely car for the money.
Nice how he uses capitals to emphasize key points yet avoids the obvious CAT D which is generally capitalised. Shame the car wasn't for sale directly off the original ONE OWNER rather than the Arthur Daley twunt selling it now.

She's a beaut though, and what an MOT history. Just needs a fresh one on for the new buyer for a bit of peace of mind.


Edited by Toyoda on Friday 6th October 09:38

stuckmojo

1,936 posts

124 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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I really like that, colour and all. Somebody buy it and keep it like this for another 20 years, please.

Blackpuddin

8,449 posts

141 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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J4CKO said:
alorotom said:
I like the idea but I think the reality will be very different to the thought ... similarly to wanting the high school hotty when you’re 15 and landing her when your 33 - it’s only going to be disappointment, tears and an empty bank account
Landing a 15 year old at 33 wont end well either wink

I would have the Jag and not have to sign the register !
biggrin

alorotom

5,254 posts

123 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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J4CKO said:
Landing a 15 year old at 33 wont end well either wink

I would have the Jag and not have to sign the register !
Lol ... walked into that one

soad

29,214 posts

112 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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Made me think of Daimler Double Six. irked