Jaguar is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of its XJ, and the company’s Classic division has unveiled the first of the model’s “Greatest Hits” at the Geneva Motor Show. This crowd-pleaser comes in the form of a 1985 XJ6, which has been restored for Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain.
A 1984 XJ6 may seem like an odd choice for some, but who better than one of London’s most-storied metal bands to help introduce the model’s greatest hits? It also helps that this is not just a restoration, in fact, Jaguar Classic made a variety of custom design changes to the exterior, interior, suspension, and drivetrain. There were over 4,000 parts redesigned, refinished, or replaced during the build, as the company worked with Nicko to create the vehicle.
According to Autoweek, on the outside, Jaguar created unique front and rear bumpers, flared the body, and reprofiled the front and rear wheel arches. This 4.2-liter XJ6 has custom 18-inch wire wheels, which are fitted with 235/45R-18 Pirelli P Zero tires. The headlights have been converted to LEDs, while the rear suspension has received adjustable dampers. The car has also been upgraded with modern door dealing and sound insulation for reduced noise.
Inside the vehicle, there is a touchscreen—obviously not part of the 1984 model—featuring satellite navigation, a rearview camera, and a phone. The air conditioning and remote locking have been upgraded, and the interior has been retrimmed with red leather. Of course, a modern sound system with guitar amplifier-inspired control dials and USB connectivity has been added for good measure.
Jaguar Land Rover Classic director, Tim Hannig, said about this project, “Creating this ‘Greatest Hits’ XJ, and the whole process of bringing someone’s automotive dream to life, has been extraordinarily rewarding for the Jaguar Classic team. It’s been a pleasure to work with Nicko, and we’re looking forward to hearing the reaction to this project."
Nicko said of his new vehicle, "This is my ultimate XJ -- my third, and lovingly, named ‘Johnny 3,. It has been a true labor of love between Jaguar Classic and myself. I’m so excited by its completion and especially to be showing it at Geneva -- it really is a Greatest Hits edition, and to me it defines what the Jaguar XJ is all about. It’s a credit to the craftsmanship of the Jaguar Classic team. We couldn’t have timed it better, this being the 50th anniversary of XJ -- my favorite of all Jaguar vehicles."
Jaguar added, "Preserved components from Nicko’s first XJ6, which spent many years on the grounds of the home of Iron Maiden bass guitarist Steve Harris following Nicko’s move to America, are present elsewhere in the build too: from the iconic Jaguar leaper hood mascot, which first attracted Nicko to buy the car, to the original ignition keys from 1984," Jaguar said.
This 1984 XJ6 also sports a variety of custom touched such as recessed fuel caps and Series 2 XJ wind mirrors and door handles. The car also has a wider stance because of the flared wheel arches.