A masterpiece in its time, the first series XJ6 was in such demand that some orders placed at its 1968 were not ready for delivery until 1971, so it is understandable that the first owner of this car kept it for almost 40 years. It was finally disposed of by his son to a trade contact who sold it on to us in 2011. We understand the car was repainted for the family in around 2009, and it was finished to a very good standard. While the car was with us, it was photographed in The Telegraph newspaper and loaned to Practical Classics for detail photography in their buyer’s guide as an example of what an XJ6 should be like. Both articles can be found on our web site ‘In The Media’ section under sub-sections ‘Feature Articles’ and ‘Miscellaneous’. We sold the car on, and it has just returned to us ten years later from the second owner still having covered just 31,000 miles since new. The paintwork remains very sharp, the underneath beautifully solid and the supple interior is surely one of the very best surviving. With premium brand tyres and regular fettling, this Jaguar still drives very tightly indeed. Finished in Sable with Cinnamon Hide- the colour choice of Sir William Lyons for his own XJ6, this must be one of the best left on the road.