Launched to universal acclaim in 1968, the XJ6 refined concepts embodied by previous Jaguar saloons to create a car rivalling the best offered by Mercedes-Benz. The six-cylinder XK engine was available in either 2.8 or 4.2 litre capacities initially, the latter capable of propelling the luxuriously appointed XJ6 to a top speed of 120mph, while there was a choice of either four-speed manual (usually with overdrive) or three-speed automatic transmission.
In 1975 the range was extended by the introduction of two-door XJ6C and XJ12C coupés, which were built on the shorter of the two available wheelbase lengths. The prohibitive expense of getting its two-door pillar-less bodyshell to meet United States safety regulations meant that the coupé version never went on sale in the USA; consequently the model is one of the rarest of the XJ family, being produced between 1975 and 1977 only, and is becoming increasingly sought after by Jaguar collectors.
This series one automatic XJ6 was newly delivered in the US in 1970 and finished in “Sable brown’’ with the desirable “Cinnamon” leather interior. This particular model has benefitted from new Weber carburettors and retains the sought after original options including a Becker Curona radio and Britax safety belts. Imported from California to the Netherlands in 2018, this car is now listed on Dutch registration. Thanks to the favourable climate in California, this vehicle is in superb condition and surely warrants further attention.