Jaguar XJ6, sporty luxury in black tulip
Only the best cars stand the test of time. The Jaguar XJ6 has proven to be a prime example of this by remaining in production for no less than eighteen years without undergoing any radical facelifts. This was the last Jaguar to be designed by company founder, Sir William Lyons.
In creating the XJ6, Lyons once again produced a masterpiece, an elegant and muscular saloon that would set numerous benchmarks. It proved to be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to emulate the phenomenal concept of the XJ6 that featured top performance and extreme comfort at a highly competitive price. The XJ6 on offer from Noble House is a sought-after Series I with a powerful 4.2 engine and automatic transmission.
Jaguar XJ6 Series I 4.2 automatic – 1972 in detail
This XJ6 was newly delivered in England in 1972 in right hand drive configuration. The buyer’s wife owned an MG B in a colour called Black Tulip. The XJ buyer liked this colour so much that he specially requested Jaguar to supply his new XJ6 in exactly the same colour. That makes this car the only XJ6 Series 1 in the world to be supplied in this colour by Jaguar itself!
Towards the mid-nineties, the Jaguar was exported to the Netherlands and was added to a large collection of classic British automobiles. The car was sold on in 1995 as a result of changes to this collection and the new owner had extensive work done to the car. The engine and gearbox were overhauled and major work was carried out on the front- and rear suspension and the braking system, amongst others. The drive was also converted from right to left. In addition, the car’s original interior was replaced, at the request of the then owner, with the sumptuous furnishings of a Daimler Double Six Van den Plas.
In 2001, the ‘Black Tulip’ was purchased by its current owner, a Dutch national residing in South Africa. Twice a year, the car was collected from Noble House to be used for holiday trips in Europe. Due to the owner’s age, trips to Europe don’t take place anymore and the time has come for this stunning XJ6 to be sold to another enthusiast. The full service history of this unique Jaguar XJ6, as of 1995, is held by Noble House.
Model: XJ6 Series I 4.2 automatic
Vintage: January 1972
Chassis number: 1L 27899 BW
Mileage: 53,951 miles
Exterior colour: Black Tulip
Interior colour: beige leather
Engine: six-cylinder inline, 4,235 cm3, 248 bhp