Inviting Interior: 1983 Jaguar XJ6 Series 3 22K – Sold?

by | Aug 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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September 25, 2023, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “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.

Say what you want about Jaguar’s reputation for reliability, or dare I say, lack of it. We get why buyers fall into the irrational trap of wanting one: the distinct, classic line of the exterior surrounding a luxurious leather-lined interior is hard for many enthusiasts to resist.  Jaguar’s XJ luxury sedan, produced from 1979 through 1992, is a particularly tempting automobile as it merged old-world British charm with modern comfort and convenience.

If you have your heart set on buying a vintage Jaguar XJ, a Series 3 model produced between 1979 and 1992 is considered one of the better versions to obtain.  This 22K original mile, Burgundy over Tan 1983 Jaguar XJ for sale, last spotted in August 2023 on Craigslist in Coral Springs, Florida, is a nice example in like-new condition.  The seller reports that everything on the car works and that the air conditioning system benefits from a new compressor.  When I come across a low-mileage survivor car, I always wonder what the back story about why the car was not used more is. This Jaguar for sale is no exception.  About the only thing we can speculate short of asking the seller is perhaps this car served duty as a “Florida Car,” where the original owner wintered in the sunshine and only used this car for part of the year.

Last offered for $18,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is above this guide’s six-month rolling results trend for similar Series 3 examples.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s “Excellent” appraisal of $15,000. The premium requested in this case reflects the ultra mileage and like new condition.

British Manufacturer Jaguar Cars produced its first-generation, full-size XJ across three distinct series spanning nearly a quarter century from 1968 through 1992.  Jaguar engineers developed the facelifted Series III for the 1979 model year.  Incorporating a subtle exterior redesign by Pininfarina, changes from the Series II included thicker and better-integrated rubber bumpers with decorative chrome only on the top edge, flush door handles, one-piece front door glass without a separate quarter light, a grille with only vertical vanes, reverse lights moved from the trunk lid to the larger rear light clusters, and a revised roofline with narrower door frames and increased glass area. The option of a sunroof and cruise control were also offered for the first time.  In late 1982, the interior of all Series III models underwent a minor update for the 1983 model year.

The 1983 Jaguar XJ6 is a classic luxury sedan embodying the elegance, craftsmanship, and performance the Jaguar brand is known for. As a part of the iconic XJ series, the 1983 XJ6 maintains the distinguished styling cues that have made the Jaguar XJ line a symbol of automotive excellence.

The exterior design of the 1983 Jaguar XJ6 exudes timeless sophistication. Its long, sweeping lines, low-slung profile, and gracefully curved fenders create an aura of refined luxury. The front end features a classic Jaguar grille with a prominent leaper hood ornament, flanked by quad headlights that have a distinctive rectangular shape. Chrome accents and trim elements adorn various parts of the car, adding a touch of opulence.

Inside the 1983 Jaguar XJ6, you’ll find a luxurious and inviting cabin. The interior materials are of the highest quality, including rich leather upholstery, wood veneer trim, and plush carpeting. The dashboard layout is elegant and driver-focused, featuring analog gauges and intuitive controls.

Seating is spacious and comfortable, with supportive seats that provide both long-distance comfort and excellent lateral support during spirited driving. The rear seats are also accommodating, offering ample legroom for passengers.

Technologically, the 1983 XJ6 might feel a bit dated by today’s standards, but for its time, it was equipped with features such as power windows, power seats, air conditioning, and a premium audio system. It showcased a blend of traditional luxury and modern conveniences.

Under the hood, the 1983 Jaguar XJ6 is typically powered by a 4.2-liter inline-six engine. This engine delivers a balanced combination of power and refinement, producing around 176 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. While these numbers might seem modest compared to modern standards, the XJ6’s performance was considered respectable for its era.

The suspension system is designed to provide a comfortable ride without sacrificing handling capabilities. The XJ6 employs a double-wishbone front suspension and an independent rear suspension, contributing to its smooth ride quality and responsive cornering characteristics.

The driving experience of the 1983 Jaguar XJ6 is defined by its smoothness, refinement, and sense of occasion. The engine emits a subtle growl under acceleration, and the car glides effortlessly on the road. The power delivery is linear, and the transmission (often a 3-speed automatic) shifts with elegance. While not a sports car, the XJ6 can still provide an engaging driving experience with its balanced handling and adequate power.

The 1983 Jaguar XJ6 represents a bygone era of automotive design and craftsmanship. It’s often regarded as a classic luxury sedan that captures the essence of British motoring at its peak. Collectors and enthusiasts are drawn to its elegant styling, refined interior, and historical significance within the Jaguar lineage.

As time passes, well-preserved examples of the 1983 Jaguar XJ6 are likely to appreciate in value due to their limited numbers and the continued interest in vintage luxury cars. Restoring and maintaining one of these vehicles is a labor of love for those who appreciate automotive history and the art of driving.

The Mike’s Machines YouTube Channel provides a modern overview of what its like to own a Series 3 Jaguar XJ6:

With only 22K original miles, this 1983 Jaguar XJ6 Series 3 for sale appears to be in like new condition.  If you’re going to dip your toes into the deep end of Jaguar ownership, you need to buy the best condition, the most well-maintained example you can find. Hopefully, the seller can provide extensive documentation proving their XJ6 has been well maintained despite the ultra low mileage.  We wonder whether the Connolly leather hides still smell new with such low mileage.

If you are serious about buying this XJ6 series 3, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their RAD Era Jaguar featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1983 Jaguar XJ6, automatic,
Original 22,000 miles,
Power Sunroof, power windows,
Excellent interior,
Original Triplex XXX windshield and windows all around,
Cold AC, new compressor,
Everything works,
Original tire jack and tools,
Runs excellent,
Must see to appreciate,
Car is in mint condition.

Show or go: what would you do with this 1983 Jaguar XJ6 Series 3 for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

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