Pillarless Purrer: 1975 Jaguar XJ6C Hardtop – Sold!
May 29th Update: we’re not exactly sure why, but we continue to see this rare Jaguar XJ6C hardtop we first featured in mid-December continue to receive updated listings using the same pictures (many of which show the car on a trailer) and the seller remaining firm on the asking price of $17,500. We’ve updated the links and valuations below. Good luck with the purchase!
While Jaguar’s E-Type remains the best looking car the company ever produced, the XJ6C pillar-less two-door hardtop such as the example currently listed on Craigslist in Montclair, New Jersey gets our vote for a close second. The current caretaker of this gorgeous Jaguar Red over fresh Biscuit Connelly leather example is asking $17,500. A review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool validates the owner’s asking price is currently between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $25,600 and the #3 “Good” Estimate of $14,900. Similarly, a quick check of the NADA Guides Class Car Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller’s asking price falls within the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value estimate of $6,550, $10,150, and $38,700, respectively.
While around 80,000 Series II XJ’s (equipped with either six- or 12-cylinder engines) produced between 1973 and 1979 were four-door sedans, only 9,378 of the gorgeous two-door hardtop coupes were built between 1975 and 1978. Built on the short-wheelbase version of the sedan, the coupé’s elongated doors were made by sectioning two four-door skins. These coupes came with a standard vinyl roof as there was concern the roof flexed enough that the paint used at the time would begin to crack. While the hardtop style increases wind noise and the propensity to leak in rain, on a clear sunny day, there’s something about cruising around with all of the windows rolled down.
We’ve seen this restored Jaguar listed several times by the same seller since early last summer. Perhaps its the Minnesota title and the fact the seller keeps showing pictures of his Jag on a trailer, but we’re surprised this rare and pretty Jag has not been sold to date. We’d love to hear the story of why its still registered in that state and why its still shown on a trailer. We can’t even begin to imagine how good the new Connelly leather interior likely smells. With fresh brakes and a replaced transmission and new fuel pump, this Jag will make a great cruiser to and fantastic conversation piece at every British-themed car show you drive it to. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Ultra rare Jaguar XJ6C short wheelbase pillar-less coupe! They only made 4000 of these babies and this is one of just a handful on the road.
Made from 1975 to 1977. This fine red car was restored in 2003 from a good sound body. It was garaged before AND AFTER restoration.
NEW biscuit connolly leather Jaguar hide seats – looks like it rolled out of Coventry yesterday.
Rare bright Jaguar red. Original black vinyl roof. The car is 98% original – right down to the jaguar hubcaps and the original jack in the trunk.
New electronic fuel pump. Purrs like a cat!
These are hard to find, and when you do – they’ve been messed around with.
If you were to refinish the walnut (They sell the panels on eBay for $350) – it could be a show winner!
Smooth 6 cylinder engine straight out of the race bred XKE-Type and the finest walnut burr veneers, Wilton carpets and British leather.
I’ve had my bodyshop go over the vehicle and this is a very solid car. The leather seats are immaculate. The engine is quiet and moves through the automatic transmission beautifully.
I’ve updated the photos with an underside inspection – based on some buyer’s interest in the car (and it’s unibody construction.) Original under-seal is evident. No holes! No structural damage – this is a very dry car that was always garaged.
• New brake rotors, calipers, pads and hoses (front)
• New inboard brake pads and disks (rear)
• New Gas-A-Just shock absorbers (front)
• New automatic transmission with torque converter
Frame and floorpans are 100%. Even where the undersea has chipped off – there is only light surface rust.
The rear valance panel has some scratches between the exhausts, the power steering belt has a slight squeak on full lock. Overall – amazing bones for a 43 year old car. The carpet shows some wear – but there are a host of suppliers stocking the Wilton footwell carpets
Press the gas and she takes off way faster than an injection XJ6. Twin Strombergs make a great sucking noise. Just add a little choke on a cold start and this XJ straight 6 will run all day.
This is one of just a few hundred with this striking color combination.
A great investment – destined to double or triple in value with careful stewardship.
Starts with one turn of the key and evokes the “space, grace and pace” that made Jaguar one of the greatest British luxury marques.
Walk around of the vehicle will be posted shortly.
Remember that you are bidding to buy the car. Not inspect it. So check with your wife.
A $2000 non refundable deposit is required within 24 hours – or the item will be re-listed. Full payment in cash / check within 7 days or the car will be re-listed. Checks must clear before the vehicle is shipped.
A clear Minnesota title is in hand. Viewing in Montclair NJ. Life is short – buy the best!“
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