1972 Jaguar XJ6


The Jaguar XJ is a series of full-size luxury cars produced by British automobile manufacturer Jaguar Cars. It was produced across five basic platform generations (debuting in 1968, 1986, 1994, 2003, and 2009) with various updated derivatives of each. From 1970, it was Jaguar’s flagship four-door model. The original model was the last Jaguar saloon to have had the input of Sir William Lyons, the company’s founder, and the model has been featured in countless media and high-profile appearances.

The XJ6, using the 2.8-litre (2,792 cc (170.4 cu in)) and 4.2-litre (4,235 cc (258.4 cu in)) straight-six cylinder versions of Jaguar’s renowned XK engine, replaced most of Jaguar’s saloons – which, in the 1960s, had expanded to four separate ranges. Apart from the engines, the front and rear suspensions carried over from previous models as well: the widest version of Jaguar’s IRS unit from the Mark X, and the subframe-mounted independent front suspension first seen in the 1955 Mark 1, with new anti-dive geometry.

The car was launched in October 1969 with a series of television advertisements featuring Sir William. In these advertisements, he referred to the car as “the finest Jaguar ever”. An unusual feature inherited from the Mark X and S-Type saloons was the twin fuel tanks, positioned on each side of the boot, and filled using two separately lockable filler caps: one on the top of each wing above the rear wheel arches. Preliminary reviews of the car were favourable, noting the effective brakes and good ride quality.

In March 1970, it was announced that the Borg-Warner Model 8 automatic transmission, which the XJ6 had featured since 1968, would be replaced on the 4.2-litre XJ6 with the Borg-Warner Model 12. The new transmission had three different forward positions accessed via the selector lever, which effectively enabled performance-oriented drivers to hold lower ratios at higher revs to achieve better acceleration. “Greatly improved shift quality” was also claimed for the new system. Around this time other, minor changes were made as well, such as moving the rear reflectors from beside to below the rear lights; on the interior the chrome gauge bezels were replaced with black ones, to cut down on distracting reflections.


Our car was built in 1972 and as far as we can tell, it was Australian delivered.

There is not a lot known about the history of the car, so all we can do it judge it based on its current condition.

It has a very unusual paint colour, but it suits the car very well, especially with the beige leather trim.

The car looks and feels like the 50,150 miles on the clock is genuine.

As the car is just over 50 year of age, it us very good for its age. Like any car of that age there is always something that could be tidied up.

The air-conditioning does not seem to work, and the stereo system head unit works but there is no sound. As the electric aerial does not work, it could be that is the reason why.

The power windows in the front work fine, but the back will need a service.

It is a great car for Sunday club runs and weekend cruises and is an ideal candidate for a rolling restoration.

Please contact us to arrange an inspection – you will not be disappointed!

Car is sold unregistered.