Monday, December 15, 2014

5k: British Racing Green Bean: 1973 Jaguar XJ6

The Jaguar XJ6 is one of the legendary sports luxury sedan of the '70s that every man (or woman) who considers himself a motorhead should own some day.  The highway manners were particularly noteworthy, close your eyes and you could hardly tell you were moving -- something that couldn't be said for many of the domestic offerings of the day, While offered in Europe with a wide range of lesser (smaller displacement) engines, the US version was given the the venerable 4.2 litre inline-6, an engine that is not without its frequently tossed aside for something from the General.  Find this 1973 JAGUAR XJ6 with Chevy V8 offered here on craigslist for $4750 located near San Luis Obispo, CA.

The paint looks well cared, the leaper has not yet been stolen and the visible alteration is the later  wheels. Switchgear on the Series I XJ's may be a little too old school for some as its comprised of a series of identically shaped and spaced toggles that are tough to navigate at night.  Overall, this car's interior looks fairly well kept, save the 70's leather lace-up steering wheel wrap which announces that the steering wheel cracked decades ago along with the dash pad under the glove box.

The seller mentions that this one 'checks all the boxes', but neglected to mention what he's got stored in the garage, which might be of even greater interest to our craigslist trolls, perhaps some of our readers could get a head start on it in case it shows up as this week's "What am I".

Most buyers of this car would plan on maximizing the ride of the Jaguar while enjoying the extra push supplied by the Chevy V8, which would cause this rear view to be the one offered most frequently to the curious.  See another Chebbie powered saloon for less than the price of a 10 year old Taurus, email us at

H/T to TFRITCH on oppositelock.


  1. Garage vehicle looks like a Thunder Roadster, kind of like an open Legends car.

    manufacturer's site

  2. I love the bodies on these earlier ones. Wonderful slim bumpers too, far away from their 1980s counterparts. Sadly, the seller did not include a picture of the engine bay, despite assuring us that it was a professional installation. Have to wonder how clean it looks on the inside.

  3. "Professional installation" might be belied by those "wood" door cards. The person who thought that was a good idea should be taken out behind the garage and thrashed.

    1. Is there a ten-point buck rack hung from the headliner in the back seat? A 'Burgie' sign in the side window? Maybe a skittles table on the rear package shelf?

      Looks like the decor from That Kind Of Place.

  4. So somewhere there is a 1973 Nova with a Jaguar engine in it?

  5. It's interesting to see all these things hitting the market, the fact that they've survived this long indicates that maybe it wasn't such a bad idea after all.

    I'm not entertained by the Rustic Lodge door panels, but if one really thinks an old XJ is worth taking around the block, you might as well buy the merry widow some 36Ds and a gym membership: GM will sell you an LSA crate motor for $10K, or an 'E-Rod' kit for $13K. You'll need to add a transmission of your choice to that.

    I'd note that 'E-Rod' kit is CARB EO'd for anything pre-OBDII, which is almost enough to have me shopping for a nice E34 5er wagon...

  6. I'm down with the 36D's and the gym membership. Drove one of these in the late seventies into 1980. Blew a head gasket on the 405 in LA........werent my fault. Should have checked the erl and water on the new girlfriends rise. was like driving a coffin. So quiet it was unbelievable. Dont mind the swap but I think I would look for an riginal setup cause I am such a purist......except when it comes to other things

  7. One of my favourites. Would make a great Daily Driver. Cheap parts and lots of great upgrades available.

  8. Count me as down for the aforementioned quality enhancement measures, provided they improve upon the foundation in a meaningful way. And by meaningful, I mean enjoyable. Sometimes the look, feel and proportions of the original package are just right and the OE setup on this whip was pretty much perfect IMO. That 4.2 is a refined piece, with enough get-along to move this cat with aplomb, if not necessarily vigor. As for the door cards...those aren't 36Ds, rather they are the ratty purple and black lace push up under a white tee: someone likes their girl in it, just not this guy.


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