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1978 Jaguar XJ6L

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The Jaguar XJ6 was launched in 1968 and improved upon the concepts embodied by pervious Jaguar saloons. It was longer, lower and wider than the preceding '420' model. It was more rigid and incorporated 'crumple zone' technology for increased safety. In similar fashion to the 420, it had an all-independent suspension but with anti-dive geometry up-front. The rack-and-pinion steering setup was a first on a Jaguar saloon. Power was from a six-cylinder XK engine in either 2.8- or 4.2-liter forms initially. In October of 1972, a long wheelbase bodyshell became available which ultimately became standardized in 1975, part way through production of the mildly revised Series 2 that had been introduced in 1973.

The Series II cars were given raised front bumpers to comply with U.S. safety regulations. This move encroached upon the grille territory, which meant the grille became smaller. The interior received a substantial update, including simplified heating and air conditioning systems.

The Series I Jaguar XJ6 was the last Jaguar saloon to have input from Sir William Lyons, the company's founder.

The 1978 Jaguar XJ6 had a base price of $19,000 and a total of 15,422 examples were sold. The dual overhead cam six-cylinder engine displaced 258.4 cubic-inches and offered 162 horsepower. Later, when the Lucas/Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection system arrived, horsepower rose to 176 bhp. A three-speed automatic was mated to the engine and disc brakes were placed at all four corners.


by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2019

Related Reading : Jaguar XJ History

The Jaguar XJ series began in 1968 and has continued in various forms and Series into modern times. The first Mark was introduced in 1968 and continued until 1992. During this time there were three series, Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3. In 1986 Jaguar introduced the Mark II which continued until 2002. During this time there were the XJ40, XJ81, X300, X305, and X308. The Mark III was introduced....
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1978 Vehicle Profiles

Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$3,000-$19,000
1978 XJ6L
$19,000-$109,800

Other 1978 Jaguar Models

Mark I Series II XJ6

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
108.80 in.
6 cyl., 258.44 CID., 150.00hp
$9,499 - $9,499
18,270
108.80 in., 112.80 in.
6 cyl., 258.44 CID., 150.00hp
$10,900 - $11,500
108.80 in., 112.80 in.
6 cyl., 258.44 CID., 162.00hp
$14,100 - $14,850
12,791
108.80 in.
6 cyl., 258.44 CID., 162.00hp
$15,000 - $15,750
15,422
112.80 in.
6 cyl., 258.44 CID., 162.00hp
6 cyl., 258.44 CID., 176.00hp
$19,000 - $19,000

Industry Production

#1#2#3Jaguar
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)15,815
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)10,349
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)4,688
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)2,951
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)3,551
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)4,688
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)4,349
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)7,382
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)6,799
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)5,299
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)6,767

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