Last of the Big Cats: 1986 Jaguar XJ6 – Sold?

Jul 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Free For All Friday

August 12, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Jaguar’s lineup in the United States throughout the 1970s and 80s wasn’t exactly a bright spot in the company’s history. Some might even say these were the years that inspired entrepreneurs to start assembling DIY kits for small block Chevy conversions when the original V12 gave out. Still, the classic XJ6 is a handsome driver’s car that still impresses today when found in sound condition like this 1986 model originally listed in July 2021 on Craigslist in Charlotte, North Carolina with impressive cosmetics despite having 140,000 miles on the clock and an asking price of $4,500. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has the XJ6 priced in accordance with market expectations, as an “Excellent” car is rated at $19,600 and a “Good” condition model pegged at $8,300.

The design of the XJ6 was seemingly never in question: it was a handsome sedan, perhaps the one luxury model that epitomized that description the best. Regardless of the numerous documented quality control issues that plagued Jaguar cars beginning in the late 1970s, if you wanted to look like a million bucks or perhaps create the illusion of being a stunt double for the British monarchy, an XJ6 was the way to go. Layered in leather, thick carpeting, burl wood surfaces, and topped off in many cases with wire wheels, it was like stepping back in time when you slid behind the wheel of a car like this 1986 XJ6. The design survived years of change and more modern offerings from the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Audi, but British cars fans are a loyal bunch and stuck with the brand despite the antique appearance and mechanical maladies.

If you’re going to own one, the six-cylinder model is the way to go. The V12s were a nightmare and often caught fire, prompting the rise of the engine conversion industry. This 1986 model features the preferred 4.2-liter inline-six engine that was good for 180 horsepower and far, far easier to work on than the twelve-cylinder offering. Still, marque experts recommend avoiding cars that have sat, as head gasket issues are not uncommon. This example, which clearly has been used regularly (but not too much) given the odometer reading, appears to be in the sweet spot of used vintage cars. The cosmetic condition is excellent, and the interior – which is covered front to back in leather and wood trim – doesn’t show the typical signs of neglect that accompany cars left outside for ages. It’s not likely to appreciate dramatically in the coming years, but it also represents what Jaguar has always been known to do exceedingly well – and that’s to build cars that make you feel like a million bucks. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1986 Jaguar XJ6 LAST OF THE REAL
Car is fully loaded with power sunroof
Power steering, a/c
Jaguar wire wheels
Ex interior, runs excellent
Must see car!

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