Jag For Real – 1974 Jaguar XJ6L

Given that older Jaguar XJ6s are not greatly appreciated in the classic car world, it’s not surprising that one or two might show up here from time to time. However, it’s hard to understand why these won’t have their time in the market some point soon. They have iconic styling, a great engine, and share a lot with some truly famous siblings. And you might have noticed the sedan brethren of some of the sportscars that have seen a recent uptick in popularity are now also gaining interest – think of the Alfa Romeo Berlina and Giulia sedan for one. For the gentleman (or gentle woman, of course) who cannot afford an E-type or even a Mark 2, a Series 1 or 2 XJ6 is a great alternative. Check out this 1974 Jaguar XJ6L for sale for $4000 in Peoria, AZ.

1974 Jaguar XJ6L right front

Can anybody make hubcaps and steel wheels look classy anymore? Those seem to have gone the way of the dodo – manufacturers probably had to offset weight gains from luxury and safety features most cars didn’t have in 1974. The L had a 4″ longer wheelbase, and in 1974, the first-year series 2 gained 500 lbs. thanks to safety and emissions items like big rubber bumpers, door beams and an air pump. To help keep the weight under control, it also got ventilated from discs this year. The Xj6 is a car that works really well in silver, and the seller has somehow photographed the car so the big rubber bumpers are nearly invisible. What does it mean when the wipers are vertical?

1974 Jaguar XJ6L left rear

Ah, there are those unsightly protrusions. Nonetheless, this is worlds better than the Series 3 cars. This car is said to have only 43,000 miles, and looks in excellent condition, but no details are given about its mechanical condition, body condition, or anything else. Being a 1974, it’s smog exempt in most states, so perhaps there’s room to pull some of the smog parts and let that magic XJ growl out.


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One Response to “Jag For Real – 1974 Jaguar XJ6L”

  1. Mike P Says:

    What a beauty. In a sight better shape than the ’85 XJ6 languishing in my drive. It’s a six so it has the wonderful BW transmission. And the windshield wipers loose their ability to “park” themselves, you just have to do it manually. Have to wonder why no interior or under the bonnet shots? And if the Pontiac in the background belongs to the seller, he’s making the right decision. I should have kept my ’67 GTO and not bought the Jag.

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