The Jaguar XJ6 has not always been loved and has not always been regarded as a bone fide classic. But that is changing – fast. A look at the values of these low slung beauties shows that they are on the up.
You often hear that the first version of a particular model is the most collectible and this couldn’t be more true of the XJ6. The Series One from 1968 to 1973 is without doubt the one to have. It was the version that was truest to Jaguar supremo Sir William Lyon’s genius vision and it was launched before Jaguar was absorbed into the horrendous monolith of UK car manufacturing British Leyland.
So, the XJ6 Series One is a beauty and a fascinating car. But, like we always say, there isn’t a car built that can’t be improved by a set of black steelies, and this photo proves it. PS. Lowering it helps too!
We really miss Saab. Isn’t there some crazy Swedish billionaire who could buy the Trollhättan plant, headhunt a dozen Scandinavian engineers and product designers and build a new Saab. And when I say a new Saab I mean a new REAL Saab with aeronautically inspired styling, unusual ignition key position, four wheel handbrake, heated seats with funky headrests, cockpit styled dash and black steelies!
Saab 1960 RAC Rally
This is Erik Carlsson’s 1960 RAC Rally winning Saab 96.
Saab 1960 RAC Rally
And this is a rare shot of Erik and co-driver Stuart Turner after they took a wrong turn during the rally and ended up power-sliding through the stage door of the London Palladium. Luckily they were dressed for the occasion!
Source: Dove Publishing Ltd
We love later Saabs (though not too late – GM = bad), this model is called the 90 and was a particularly odd car as it was basically a Saab 99 from the nose to the B-post and then all 900. NB wheel colour has been doctored a tad!
Pagani Zonda Black Steelies
We rest our case. Even the Zonda looks better with steelies.
Thanks for the challenge Alex.