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Jaguar XJ6

Jaguar XJ6 Tyres

  • The first XJ6 fitted ER/70 R 15 Dunlop SP Sport. Later Jaguar Saloons fitted 205/70VR15 Pirelli Cinturato P5. (ER/70VR15, is the same size as 205/70VR15)
  • Our recommended best tyres to fit to a Jaguar XJ6 would be, either 205/70 VR 15 Michelin XWX or 205/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ CN12. They are the highest specification and best handling tyres in the size
  • Recommended tyre pressure for a Jaguar XJ6 Saloon is 36psi front and rear, for more specific detail on individual models see the table below

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XJ6 Jaguar Sovereign Tyres

The Jaguar XJ6 was equipped with 205/70x15 (ER70x15) Dunlop SP Sport tyres as standard, also known as the Dunlop Aquajet. Though these tyres are still around they are sadly no longer made by Dunlop themselves. We would recommend the 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX or the PIRELLI 205/70VR15 CINTURATO ™ CN12 HS as the best tyres for the Jaguar XJ6 and Sovereign saloon and coupe cars, these are the highest specification tyres in the size. They are actually manufactured in house by Michelin and Pirelli and they are genuine period tyres, so will really suit the cars. The later Series 3 XJ6 cars did fit a PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ P5 tyre, and the UK police fitted the Michelin XWX to their XJ6 cars. So the provenance is there as well as the quality.

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Recommended Products for Jaguar XJ6

XJ6 recommended tyre pressures

ER/70VR15 Dunlop205/70VR15 Cinturato CN12205/70VR15 Michelin XWX
Series 1 29psi Front - 34psi Rear 30psi Front - 36psi Rear 31psi Front - 36psi Rear
Series 2 33psi Front - 36psi Rear 33psi Front - 36psi Rear 33psi Front - 36psi Rear
Series 3 36psi Front - 36psi Rear 33psi Front - 36psi Rear 36psi Front - 36psi Rear

XJ6 Jaguar History

The classic Jaguar XJ6, using 2.8 Litre and 4.2 Litre straight six cylinder versions of Jaguar's renowned classic XK engine, replaced most of Jaguar's classic saloons which, in the 1960's, had expanded to four separate ranges. Apart from the engines, the other main component carried over from previous models was the widest version of Jaguar's IRS unit from the mark 10. 

An upmarket version was marketed under the Daimler brand and called the Daimler sovereign, continuing the name from the Daimler version of the classic Jaguar 420.

The "XJ" designation was from the car's code name during development, standing for Experimental Jaguar. The car was introduced in September 1968. Power assisted steering and leather upholstery were standard on the 2.8 L 'De Luxe' and 4.2 L models and air conditioning was offered as an optional extra on the 4.2 L. Daimler versions were launched in October 1969, in a series of television advertisements featuring Sir William. In these spots, he referred to the car as "the finest Jaguar ever". An unusual feature, inherited from the Jaguar Mark 10, was the provision of two fuel tanks, positioned on each side of the boot, and filled using two separately lockable fuel caps one on the top of each wing above the rear wheel arches. 

In March 1970 it was announced that the Borg-Warner Model 8 automatic transmission which the XJ6 had featured since 1968 would be replaced on the 4.2 litre engined XJ6 with a Borg-Warner Model 12 unit, The new gearbox now had three different forward positions accessed via the selector lever, which effectively enabled performance oriented drivers to hold lower ratios at higher revs in order to achieve better acceleration. 

In 1972 the option of a long wheel base version, providing a modest increase in leg room for passengers in the back, became available.