Customised Jaguar XJ6 created ahead of its 50th anniversary
12th Mar 2018 7:00 am
Commissioned by Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, Jaguar’s Classics division gives modern features to the sedan along with custom interior and exterior elements.
A bespoke XJ6, commissioned by Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, has been created by Jaguar's Classic division, ahead of the model’s 50th anniversary next year. It comes with a number of modern features and includes fixtures such as a built-in infotainment screen, LED headlights and push-button start.
The car is the result of more than 3,500 hours of work by the Classics division, responsible in the past for continuation models, restorations and other heritage work.
McBrain’s XJ6 is the first bespoke publicised project by the division, which is more commonly associated with period-accurate restorations. The brand even had a customised Jaguar growler logo put on the steering wheel and wheel centre caps of the car.
Custom bodywork differentiates the car from factory XJ6s, while on the inside, the upholstery has been reapplied in red and modern features like remote central locking, reversing camera and a 1,100W sound system have also been installed.
Under the bonnet, three 2in SU carburettors have been installed at the drummer’s request, while quad tailpipes, as part of a bespoke exhaust, are finished in chrome at the rear.
50 years of the XJ
Jaguar will be celebrating 50 years of the XJ’s production next year, the same year in which it will reveal the next-generation model. The next XJ will become the brand’s second full-electric model, following the I-Pace the production version of which is on display at the Geneva motor show.
The new XJ is being shifted to electric power as the company is positioning the model as a harbinger of change across the brand, like the 2003 XJ that became the first aluminium Jaguar, and the current-generation XJ that marked a seismic shift in the brand’s styling.