Spotted in China: Jaguar XJ6 in Red

Published on November 7, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Jaguar XJ6 in Red

A very fine Jaguar XJ6 in red, seen in a narrow street not far from my home in Beijing. The ‘XJ140’ XJ6 was made from 1986 until 1994 and never officially exported to China, but some came in grey or via diplomatic channels. This particular Jaguar XJ6 is the American version which had round head lamps, the European XJ6 came with square head lamps.

Spotted in China: Jaguar XJ6 in Red

The vehicle looked basically all right, a bit neglected and the paint was falling of in some places. Not much rust thanks to Beijing’s dry climate. Chrome was still shiny and alloys original. A good cleanup will make this old XJ6 look like new again! The XJ6 was powered by a 3.2 six-in-line or a 4.0 six-in-line. Sadly the engine-badge was gone so I don’t know what sits under the bonnet here.


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  1. And.j- November 7, 2012 Reply

    Nice find, the Euro spec XJ had square and round headlights.

  2. Neil- November 7, 2012 Reply

    That is an odd car – the rear styling (almost triangular rear lamps) is X300, but the front end is XJ40, albeit with the X300’s projector lens dipped unit and clear-lensed main beam unit. I’m suspecting its an X300 repaired with some XJ40 parts (bonnet, wings, headlamp bezels). The bumper also looks X300.

    In Europe, the base XJ40 XJ6 had the round-light treatment seen here, while the more upmarket Sovereign and Daimler versions had the rectangular lamps.

  3. Bren- November 8, 2012 Reply

    I’d have to disagree, I’d say it’s 99% XJ40 with X300 rear lights and BMW headlights ( they had the black oblong under the bulb ).
    The bumpers / mirrors / rear quarter metal strip / wing repeater lights are all XJ40. ‘Modifying’ the boot to accept X300 rear lights would be easy – Jags, hate them anyway, Mercs 4 ever “

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