Junkyard Find: 1987 Jaguar XJ6

1987 Jaguar XJ6 in California junkyard, LH front view - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
Jaguar built the Series III Jaguar XJ for the 1979 through 1992 model years, and so I’ve been seeing these cars in the big self-service vehicle graveyards since, well, the middle 1980s. They still show up in such yards to this day, as long-neglected project cars get swept up in yard- and driveway-clearance projects, but I’ll only document those that are particularly interesting.

A very clean British Racing Green XJ6 from the last model year for the Series III’s straight-six engine certainly qualifies, so here we go!

1987 Jaguar XJ6 in California junkyard, hood license plate frame - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsAs we can see from the tags on the sliced-off California license plate (I found this car in a San Francisco Bay Area yard), Barry’s ’87 Jag was a driver not so long ago. My first guess for the junkyardization of Barry’s Jag is that something expensive failed in the electrical system and Barry decided to cut his losses. My second guess: Barry couldn’t get the car to pass California’s draconian emissions testing (probably due to the aforementioned electrical system causing some sensor or solenoid to behave erratically) and he decided to cut his losses. Third guess is just an accumulation of unpaid parking tickets and the visit from a tow truck not summoned by Barry.

1987 Jaguar XJ6 in California junkyard, engine - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsYou could still buy a Series III XJ after the 1987 model year, but only with a V12 engine. Jaguar put plenty of sixes in the subsequent XJs, of course.

1987 Jaguar XJ6 in California junkyard, interior - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsThis interior is damn near perfect, aside from a bit of lacquer cracking on the wood paneling. I hope some Bay Area XJ owner grabbed the seats and door panels out of this car prior to its date with the cold steel jaws of The Crusher.

1987 Jaguar XJ6 in California junkyard, odometer - ©2020 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsNot many miles on it. Barry really babied his ’87.


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