1996 Jaguar XJ6 (X300)


  • A rare example of the X300 XJ given its mileage and low ownership history
  • Presenting in a very good condition throughout in a popular colourway
  • Complete with a good, documented service history
  • Fresh MOT and service prior to sale

The Appeal

The X300 Jaguar saloon debuted in 1994 and became the first Jaguar to be developed whilst the company was fully a subsidiary of Ford following it taking a majority shareholding in 1989. Ford’s priority was to retain the outgoing XJ40’s traditional appeal whilst dramatically improving the rather patchy build quality of its predecessor. Key to this aim was the introduction of cutting-edge robotised welding technology, ironically supplied by Nissan. The result was a highly successful luxury saloon with a vastly improved quality record.

This example is an entirely original example with a low ownership and low mileage history. The average period of tenure equates to almost 7 years with mileage being accrued at a mere 1,600 miles, or so, annually. This makes this X300 Jaguar quite unusual amongst its peers and all the more desirable for it.

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The History and Paperwork

  • This XJ6 was first registered in April 1996
  • The car was supplied to its first owner by Guy Salmon Jaguar
  • The first owner retained the Jaguar right up until 2011
  • During that period the car covered around 30,000 miles
  • The second owner acquired the car in November 2011
  • This owner kept the Jaguar for 11 years before selling it in 2022
  • At this juncture the car had covered around 42,000 miles
  • The current owner acquired the car in December 2022 to become its fourth keeper
  • Since 2022 the car has covered a mere 1,000 miles or so
  • The Jaguar is complete with its current V5 registration document
  • Booked in for a fresh MOT and service on September 13th 
  • Numerous earlier MOTs are present helping to verify the low mileage
  • The original book pack it its Jaguar folder is present
  • This includes the original service booklet
  • This documents 10 services with the majority undertaken by Guy Salmon
  • The most recent stamp dates from 2008 at a shade under 30,000 miles
  • A number of previous tax disks are also included

The Interior

  • The luxurious cabin of the X300 was an evolution of that in the XJ40
  • This example is trimmed in delightful Oatmeal hued soft leather
  • Accents of mushroom coloured leather and dark walnut veneer are also present
  • The commodious seats are finished in vertical, padded box pleats
  • The front seats are electrically adjustable
  • The rear bench is identically trimmed with a folding central armrest
  • The condition of the upholstery appears to be excellent overall
  • The door cards are finished with a combination of Oatmeal and mushroom hued leather
  • Dark walnut panels are inserted at the tops of the panels
  • Quality chromed door furniture is also fitted
  • The headlining has been refitted recently to address a common X300 issue
  • The complimentary coloured carpets are pristine and protected with mats
  • The dashboard is formed from a mushroom hued top roll
  • The bottom roll is finished with an Oatmeal coloured bottom roll
  • The central panel is finished with a gloss varnished walnut panel
  • The clear, white on black gauge set are housed in a hooded binnacle
  • These sit behind the original four spoke leather steering wheel
  • The centre console is home to the air conditioning controls and original head unit
  • The large boot is finished in its original grey carpet set

The Exterior

  • The X300 presents well in a fetching metallic red livery
  • This is reported to be the original paintwork with some minor scratches noted
  • Despite this the overall impression is very positive indeed
  • Likewise, the bodywork looks good overall 
  • Minor dents in the wing and door are reported but vendor states they will be repaired for the new owner
  • These are described as only really being visible in bright light
  • The quad headlamps and stainless-steel mesh grill give the Jaguar a sporting look
  • The large areas of cabin glass appear to be in good shape with no faults noted
  • Likewise, the light lenses which seem clear and original
  • The Jaguar rides on its original 16-inch “dimple” alloy wheels
  • These exhibit some lacquer deterioration and other marks
  • The wheels would benefit from a renovation ideally
  • These are fitted with a matching set of Kuhmo Ecsta tyres
  • These appear to be relatively recent and are in 225/60 configuration

The Mechanics

  • This X300 is fitted with the respected 3,239cc AJ16 straight six engine
  • This was a significantly developed version of the earlier AJ6 unit
  • These upgrades included distributor less ignition and new engine management systems
  • In original form this unit was rated at 216bhp and 232Ib-ft of torque
  • This is fed to the rear wheels via a ZF 4HP-22 four-speed automatic transmission
  • The engine bay looks to be in a great original condition
  • It appears well looked after with the inscribed cam cover bright and clean
  • The requisite data plates appear to be present
  • What can be seen of the underside of the car looks appropriate to age and mileage
  • A good level of preservative underseal appears to be present
  • The current owner reports no known mechanical issues


The X300 prioritised steadying the Jaguar ship following some stormy waters created by the poor-quality record of its predecessor. £200M invested in a state-of-the-art production facility helped to produce a car that was streets ahead of its predecessor in that regard. Whilst supply of XJ6 models of this vintage are plentiful, low mileage, low owner cars always command a premium.

This example stands out courtesy of its history. A mere four owners to date and an incredibly low mileage combine to set this car apart. This light and sympathetic usage seems to have benefitted the condition of the Jaguar, too. The car presents in a highly original order with exterior and, especially, interior looking very fresh overall. This represents a great opportunity to own a luxury British saloon for a modest outlay so don’t miss out. 


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1996
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model XJ6
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 43,157 Miles
  • Engine size 3239
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Herne Bay
  • Location Kent
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
2 bids
  • speedst•••• £2,000 23/09/23
  • mick oa•••• £1,000 22/09/23

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