JAGUAR was originally a coach builder, specifically saloons/sedans and were quite successful in that market segment. Fast forward to the early 1960’s when JAGUAR introduced the much-lovedMK 2 3.8 Sedanand its variants. This unitary bodied automobile started the “Sport Sedan” segment with its high-performance engine, disc brakes, assisted steering, ample passenger space, all leather and wood interior, and sleek styling. These sedans were the unofficial “bad boy” car in many British films and the English Police would chase after those “buggers” in MK 2 sedans. Also, the MK 2 was a popular rally and track day racer during its lifetime.
The interiors were quite sumptuous with adjustable leather seats, wool carpet, burl walnut dash and door caps, optional air conditioning, that wonderful six-cylinder XK engine, power assisted steering, chrome wire wheels, a generous boot (truck), full tool kit and spare tire, optional sunroof, automatic or manual transmission, independent suspension, four-disc brakes, and chrome detailing everywhere. These were beautiful medium size cars and were extremely popular with the Hollywood and Long Island jet setters as a “town” car.
To purchase one of these gems today is a bit of a challenge, not that many survived the rust evil, and those that did have either been neglected or totally restored to original, some have been even restored to better than factory original. These cars are bringing anywhere from $10,000-$50,000 depending on condition with an average of $25,000 for a good driver that has been restored to near original condition. Are they worth investing in, well, if you like sedans, this is the “car” to get! The other variants such as the 3.8S and 420 sedans were upgraded versions with independent rear suspension, more wood and leather, the 420 got the E-Type 4.2-liter engine less one carb, two fuel tanks, better transmissions, more creature comforts, and slightly modern styling. As an investment these cars are a long-term love affair and you will not make a lot of money, but you will enjoy the “JAGUAR EXPERIENCE” in comfort, performance, and with style to be sure.
The next automobile,JAGUAR XJ6 Sedan Series 1, is the next quantum leap for JAGUAR as it negotiated the modern automobile market. In 1968 the XJ6 Sedan was voted the “BEST CAR IN THE WORLD” at the Geneva Auto Show. The styling was an evolution from the MK 10 Sedan, featured was 4.2-liter engine, BW model 12 automatic transmission, integrated air conditioning, four-disc brakes, power assisted rack and pinion steering, independent suspension all around, leather, and wool interior, adjustable seats, electric window and locks, sunroof, twin fuel tanks, full spare and tool kit, emissions/crash compliant systems, improved lighting, and more. These low-slung sedans were powerful, elegant, quiet, fast, and safe on the highway or in town. They were a bargain for the money and did very well. If you can find a restored or original well maintained 6 or 12-cylinder version short wheelbase grab it, it will give you hours of joyful driving.
Then in 1974 the USA EPA and DOT forced all automobile manufacturers to comply with more stringent engine emissions, crash zones, and passenger safety. Enter theXJ6 Series 2with its massive crash bumpers, air-pumps, safety interiors, lower compression carburetor engine, added weight via crash re-enforcing, higher operating temperatures to lessen emissions causing higher gas use, this was a low point in the XJ6 Series automobiles. These cars were just awful and went away very quickly.
Enter theXJ6 Series 3 Sedan, the JAGUAR that saved JAGUAR! Yes, that is right, the XJ6 Series 3 sedan not only saved JAGUAR but also was the next evolution of JAGUAR CARS in general. The XJ6 chassis/platform was a robust unit and was being used with the new XJS V12 Coupe. The Series 3 had restyled crash bumpers, a more elegant greenhouse, a electronic fuel injected 4.2-liter engine, a new BW Type 66 transmission, better engine cooling, air injection and catalytic converters to meet EPA emissions, assisted rack and pinion steering, more powerful disc brakes, independent suspension all around, a GM Air conditioning system, leather and wool interior with wood accents, a long wheel base, standard sunroof, upgraded electrics, a 288:1 final drive for increased fuel economy, a full spare tire, improved electronic ignition and electric switch gear, factory radio, sunroof, electric windows, cruise control, and better dealer service which was always an issue.
The bottom line, the Series 3 XJ6 Sedan is the XJ Sedan to invest in, it has all the creature comforts, EPA emissions compliant, better cooling, steering, fuel economy, more power, better AC, reliable, classic elegant styling, better interior, and extra room available. If you can find a V12 XJ that would really be a keeper, rare, powerful, fast, and elegant. The XJ6 Sedans are a bargain now, you can get are a nice car for $10,000 and they are starting to go up in value as they get older and fewer. Parts are available at a reasonable price, service on these cars is simple. Most important is that they have been maintained routinely.