25 Jaguar XJ Series 1, 2, 3 Classic Car Modified Models, XJ Coupé Restoration – Jaguar XJ6 is a series of full-size luxury cars manufactured and sold by the British company. It first hit the market in 1968 and has been the flagship of Jaguar Cars since 1970. Ten models have been made until today, yet only the original one received the input from Sir William Lyons, the founder of Jaguar Cars. The current Jaguar XJ is part of the 2009 models. It is also one of the cars used by the British royal family, as well as for transporting the UK Prime Minister.
Series 1 (1968–1973)
The first series of Jaguar XJ Classic was born in 1968. It featured 2.8-litre and 4.2-litre straight-six cylinder versions of the XK engine. Several parts of the assembly were taken from the previous models including the wide Jaguar’s Independent Rear Suspension from Mark X and subframe-mounted independent front suspension from 1955 models. Positive feedbacks such as “good ride quality” and “effective brakes” were just few of many favorable remarks in the preliminary Jaguar XJ review.
See Also: Jaguar Mark 2
Take a look at the following Jaguar Classic pict for a little visualization:
Series 2 (1973–1979)
Both standard and long wheelbase models were available in the initial release of Series 2, but Jaguar eventually cancelled the former (announced at 1974 London Motor Show). As a matter of fact, all subsequent saloons/sedans from Jaguar featured extra 4-inches of passenger cabin. Major differences from the predecessor were the raised front bumpers (specifically designed to meet US crash safety regulations), smaller grille, more discreet inlet, and a simplified A/C system to address criticism of Series I.
Series 3 (1979–1992)
A major Jaguar XJ restoration happened in 1979 when the company decided to incorporate the design drawn by Pininfarina, an Italian car design firm. Noticeable changes were seen in many parts of the exterior such as thicker rubber bumpers, decorative chrome, one-piece front door glass, and flush door handles.
Modifications Jaguar XJ
Apart from the Jaguar XJ Series 1, 2, 3 and the coupe versions built between 1975 and 1978, there are quite a lot models from the series in different configurations. And just like every old classic car in existence today, some people incorporate modern technologies into the outdated systems both in engineering and design perspective. Here is a picture of classic Jaguar XJ modified: