1982 Jaguar XJ6 manual - today's Brit tempter

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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XJ6s are plentiful, but manuals are a rare beast

1982 Jaguar XJ6 manual - today's Brit tempter
This Jaguar XJ6 is a rare manual.

You have to say Jaguar hit the proverbial jackpot with its elegant XJ series four-door saloons.

Since their launch all the way back in 1968, they have been through numerous upgrades and were built in huge numbers. 

This example is the third generation car - aka Series III - and the quickest way to pick one one from a Series I or II is the flkush-mounted door handles.

By this stage the cars were built in Jaguar and Daimler guise, with three engine variants: the 3.4 and 4.2lt sixes, plus the 5.3lt V12.

The 4.2 is arguably the sweetest package, with better weight distribution and respectable performance from the 205hp powerplant.

The vast majority were delivered with the three-speed auto, and it's rare to see the five-speed manual.

This example looks to be well cared for and the Tasmanaian dealer handling the sale says it's undergone a fair amount of refubishment. It's on the market at $24,000.

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