In our video of the week, Christopher Glancy’s tastefully refreshed Jaguar XJ6 Coupe makes Jay Leno envious with its lack of B pillar, comfortable seats, and British racing green styling.
The XJC’s, otherwise known as the XJ Coupes, are a rare two-door version of the standard four-door saloons. When Sir William Lyons began styling exercises for the new XJ models in the mid-1960’s, it was clear that he had the notion of a two-door coupe in mind for eventual production.
They were first shown in 1973 at the International Motor Show when it was announced that both 4.2 liter six cylinder and 5.3 liter twelve-cylinder versions would be available for the 1974 model year. However, production was delayed until the 1975 model year due to a combination of labor disputes at the Brown’s Lane factory and engineering troubles with the coupe body itself.
When the XJ coupes arrived, they were clearly meant to be the sporty XJ models. In Europe, they were offered in either Jaguar (XJ4.2C and the XJ5.3C) or Daimler form (Sovereign 4.2C or Double Six C). In North America, they were offered as the XJ6C and XJ12C. The twelve-cylinder XJC’s came standard with fuel injection (except for some early production and European models) and all models came with air conditioning and automatic transmissions as standard equipment.
If you’d like to find out more about the XK Coupes, make sure to check out the info on the Jag-Lovers website.