1977 4.2 LITER JAGUAR XJ6 COUPE
Chassis No. UH2J53679BW
Engine No. 8L 5332-8L British racing green with biscuit interior
Engine: six-cylinder, 4,235cc, 162bhp at 4,750rpm; Gearbox: three-speed automatic; Suspension: independent all around, front, coil springs and wishbones, rear, coil springs with lower tubular links; Brakes: servo assisted Girling discs. Left hand drive.
In 1968, the XJ Series saloons were introduced with significant technical improvements over the previous saloon and received considerable acclaim from the press. The car was awarded every accolade possible from "Car of the Year" to the "Don Safety Award", and was the pinnacle of Lyon's achievement.
The frame was of unitary construction, designed in three boxes for enhanced rigidity. It had angled front wishbones to give anti-drive characteristics and the engine was mounted directly to the front suspension subframe, helping to insulate road noise. The press was very taken with provided pre-eminent qualities of ride, handling, comfort and quiet, all packaged in a stylish well balanced modern body.
With the Series II cars introduced in 1973 was a new variant of the saloon. The XJCs or in other words, coupes, were two door versions of the short wheel base car. They had no door pillars so that the windows could be rolled down leaving the whole side completely open. The result was a very well balanced car which became a favorite of Sir William Lyons. They were also offered with a vinyl roof, as seen on this car, which added to the sporty appearance.
This JCNA Concours winning Jaguar is one of only 3,899 left hand drive versions of the 4.2 liter XJ6C built, a version which was on sale in the United States between 1975 and 1977. The car came from the factory to Santa Monica Motors, now Hornberg Jaguar, who removed the original black vinyl roof and replaced it with biscuit to match the interior. The resulting combination is far more aesthetically pleasing. They sold the car to Ronald Anteau, a lawyer practising in Beverly Hills who then sold it to the current owner, himself a lawyer, in 1992. He drove the car for about 18 months before parking it in the garage needing some mechanical work. After much soul searching, he decided (with his wife's permission) to have the car professionally restored. Mike Wilson Restorations Incorporated of Visalia CA, came highly recommended based upon mumerous concours winning Jaguars that he had restored and were duly employed.
The resulting wins at the following concours events speak for themselves: first in the Los Angeles Concours at the Petersen Museum in 1995; first at the Sacramento Concours in 1995; first in the Champion Class II at the South West Regional and fourth overall nationally in 1995; first and Best of Show at the Reno, NV Concours in 1996 and first at the Sacramento Concours in 1996. The average score to win the JCNA championships was a highly commendable 99.82933. With the car comes a custom black racing bra, british racing green dust cover, its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate and a large file detailing the complete service records from new and restoration bills amounting to some $25,000.