Lot 138 - 1970 Jaguar XJ6 Series I

Lot 138 - 1970 Jaguar  XJ6 Series I

Lot 138 - 1970 Jaguar XJ6 Series I

Lot Number 138
Registration MTH 524H
Chassis Number 1L6430BW
Engine Number 7L10018-8
Odometer reading 60,565 miles
Result Sold - £23,520
  • £30,000 restoration recently carried out
  • Superb condition throughout

The Jaguar XJ6, launched in September 1968, was the culmination of several years of development and a motor car specifically designed to streamline the, extensive and somewhat confusing, portfolio of models offered by Jaguar at that time. It was also the last model that Sir Williams Lyons had a ‘hands on’ input into the design. The new car offered a measure of civility, driveability and safety that still managed to retain the principles of the earlier cars. Such was its ability the car received the Car of the Year award and the Don Safety Award, causing such a desire for these reasonable priced saloons and leading to second hand models fetching more than new cars on the dealership forecourts in its first year of production. These early examples represent the purist form of Sir William Lyon’s design, with that and their outstanding ability, even on today’s roads, have led them to be sought after by the connoisseur and collector alike.

This superb example was purchased by our vendor in May 2015 and it was supposed to be a restored model but as it turned out, it wasn’t! The vendor proceeded to spend circa £5,000 on mechanical and body repairs but not satisfied, he decided to undergo a full restoration. This task was given to XJ Restorations and their sister company, Painting Classic Cars in early 2020. Works undertaken included a full engine and cylinder head re-build, full body restoration, including panels replaced/repaired where necessary and a bare metal respray. Carbs rebuilt, custom aluminium radiator, electric cooling fan, new wooden dash and door capping, bell stainless steel exhaust system, electronic ignition, new front and rear springs and Monroe dampers, new front and rear brake discs, pads and calipers, high torque starter motor fitted, reconditioned steering rack, five new tyres, poly bush all round, seats, door panels and dash deep cleaned, repaired where necessary and re-coloured. The car has covered a mere 300 miles since its restoration. In excess of £30,000 was spent on its restoration and the Jaguar now looks superb. There are photographs and receipts available to be viewed in the history file. Information found on the internet would suggest that only 11 1970 XJ6 4.2 Jaguars are licenced and three SORN according to ‘How Many Left’. This really is one for the collector but can be used as it was intended. A great tribute to British luxury motoring.

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