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2007 JAGUAR XJ6 Executive

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2007 JAGUAR XJ6 Executive

Background

In 2003, Jaguar introduced the re-engineered and newly designed third generation of the XJ, designated internally as the X350. It had an all-aluminium body and chassis, a 3.0-litre V6 engine, and new 3.5 and 4.2-litre V8 engines. It was the first Jaguar XJ to be completely designed under Ford ownership (which soon became Tata ownership) and introduced an array of new electronics and computer-controlled systems. 

A new, lighter, six-speed automatic gearbox was fitted, offering improved economy and a wider spectrum of gear ratios.

The X350's aluminum bodyshell used an aerospace construction method; a hybrid of adhesive bonding and rivet joinery known as rivet-bonding or riv-bonding. An industry first in volume automotive production, this technique resulted in a monocoque chassis that was both 40% lighter and 50% stiffer than that of the outgoing model. The styling of its aluminium body panels was an evolution of the classic XJ look and marked the final expression of that signature aesthetic. 

Air suspension was fitted at the front and rear, providing adaptive damping as well as rear self-leveling, with computer-controlled ride height and suspension modes. Dynamic stability control and traction control were standard. 

The Grace, Space and Pace bloodline linking (almost) every offering from Castle Bromwich for the past 50 years was still clearly running through the veins of the X350.

This Japanese import vehicle has the 3-litre 6 cylinder petrol engine, which develops 232 hp (173 kW) at 6750 rpm with 220 lb⋅ft (298 N⋅m) of torque at 4500 rpm.

The Vehicle

Aside from a very small number of issues, this Ice Blue with Ivory leather XJ6 Executive is in very good condition indeed – inside, outside and underneath.

The vendor, who knows a thing or two about importing cars from Japan, tells us that it is as good as it looks, that it drives very well and that it appears to have lived out its 13 years under the stewardship of proud and conscientious owners.

The car was purchased from a high-end Japanese auction house. These auction houses grade cars on a 1 – 5 scale, where 1 means ‘run and hide from this mess’ and 5 means ‘it’s as good as new in every possible respect’.

It’s something of a cliché to talk about the roll of ‘honour’ in Japanese society and culture. But it’s no exaggeration to say that this tradition is alive and well in the Japanese used car business, where dealers and auctioneers are, as a rule, scrupulously honest about the condition of their cars. There is no place for Trotter-san or Daley-san in this motor trade.

Which makes it all the more impressive that this 13 year old car was awarded a grade 4 rating. Given that the vendor has yet to see any Japanese car rated at 5, we think that probably speaks volumes about the quality of this vehicle.

The car comes with a comprehensive service history (the vendor has gone to the trouble of recording the service dates in-line with the UK calendar, which differs from its Japanese counterpart) and documentation to authenticate the mileage. The vendor has also converted the odometer to display the correct figure in miles rather than kilometres.

On the Outside

Broadly speaking, the paintwork and finish are in very good condition, although there are a couple of patches on the tops of the doors and the roof where the rising sun (sorry, couldn’t help it) has slightly faded the lacquer. The underlying paint is undamaged.

Importantly, the aluminium body panels are every bit as crisp and even as anything Good King Wenceslas might have looked out upon, and the shut lines are tight.

That should be a relief, as removing dents, bumps, wrinkles and buckles from these panels can be rather more complicated and expensive than it is in the world of steel-bodied vehicles.

The original alloy wheels are neither scuffed nor corroded, and while three tyres seem fine, the rear o/s tyre has some cracks in the sidewall that will need looking at. There are a couple of scuff marks at the bottom of the rear o/s door.

The bonnet proudly displays the Jaguar ‘leaper’. The rear windows feature privacy glass, which may be an aftermarket addition.

On the Inside

Nobody does the wood and leather combo quite like Jaguar and the interior of this XJ6 is a fine testament to what can be achieved with a few yards of cowhide, some burr walnut veneer and a lot of hard work and skill.

It’s all in very good condition, from the upholstery to the headlining, carpets, door cards, centre console and dashboard. The only signs of wear are to the driver’s seat but these are very minor and reflect the fact that this is, after all, a 13 year old car.

Everything electric works and the AC is cold. The car comes with a UK sat nav disc which is ready to be popped into the DVD player (above the CD multi-changer) in the boot.

Being Japanese spec, the radio needs an additional gizmo fitted to fully access UK frequencies. That said, the vendor tells us that it picks up Radio 2 loud and clear, so, if that’s your kind of thing, you’re in luck.

The vendor has converted clocks and the speedo to display UK date structures and miles, respectively.

Underneath

This car is a Japanese import. This tells us two things.

Firstly, that it comes from a country where people tend to take pride in their cars and usually spend a great deal of time and effort cossetting them and making sure no harm comes to them.

Secondly, that it comes from a country where salt is thrown over the shoulders of sumo wrestlers, not chucked all over the roads in industrial quantities like it is in the UK.

Ergo, Japanese imports almost always have undersides with less corrosion than their British counterparts. And that’s very much the case here.

The engine bay is in equally fine fettle, with everything clean and tidy and in its right and proper place.

History Highlights

The car has an MOT until 7.10.20 and comes with two sets of keys and a valet key. It also comes with the full set of handbooks and manuals, which may prove less than interesting reading if your command of the Japanese language doesn’t quite cut the mustard.

The vendor has gone to the trouble of adding hand written conversions of kms to miles and Japanese to UK dates on the service invoices, which, as far as we can tell, go back to 2013. For the rest of the info written on the bills and invoices, you will need to refer to your Japanese phrasebook.

The vendor believes the car was last given a major service in 2017 but he has had the car fully checked over and reports that the dipstick reveals reassuringly clean engine oil.

He has also dug fairly deep into his own pockets to replace the discs and pads all round.

Please visit the documents section of the gallery of this listing where you will find photos of this and other paperwork to support our claim that this car has been maintained to a very good standard.

If you’d like to inspect the car prior to placing a bid – something we would encourage – then please use the Contact Seller button to arrange an appointment.

And please be reassured, we’ve undertaken a full COVID-assessment and put into place strict control measure to enable us to safely facilitate a no-contact, socially distanced viewing that includes disinfection of the vehicle before and after your viewing.

What We Think

We think this is a very good example of both the model and the marque. Everything works and there are very few faults. It has the look and feel of a well cared for vehicle.

The mileage appears verified, the condition is very good and, being Japanese, its only encounter with salt will have occurred when accidentally driving over a bag of crisps.

We’re confident to offer this vehicle for auction with no reserve and an estimate in the range of £4,000 - £8,000.

Viewing is always encouraged, and this particular car is located with us at The Market HQ near Abingdon; to arrange an appointment please use the Contact Seller button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

If needed, please remember we have a network of trusted suppliers we work with regularly and can recommend: Classic & Sportscar Finance for purchase-financing, Footman James for classic car insurance Thames Valley Car Storage for storing your car and an array of regional providers for transporting it.

BORING, but IMPORTANT: Please note that whilst we at The Market always aim to offer the most descriptive and transparent auction listings available, we cannot claim they are perfect analyses of any of the vehicles for sale. We offer far greater opportunity for bidders to view, or arrange inspections for each vehicle thoroughly prior to bidding than traditional auctions, and we never stop encouraging bidders to take advantage of this. We do take a good look at the vehicles delivered to our premises for sale, but this only results in our unbiased personal observations, not those of a qualified inspector or other professional, or the result of a long test drive.

Also, localised paint repairs are common with collectable and classic cars and if they have been professionally carried out then they may be impossible to detect, even if we see the car in person. So, unless we state otherwise, please assume that any vehicle could have had remedial bodywork at some point in its life.

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Seller

neil stewart

  • Location: Abingdon
  • Odometer Reading: 46,550
  • Engine: 3000
  • Gearbox: Automatic
  • Color: Ice Blue
  • Interior: Ivory Leather

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