Jaguar Classic’s XJ6 Restomod Is Rock & Roll On Wire Wheels

It’s not just new cars that Jaguar, for one, brought to the Geneva Motor Show this year. It also took the occasion to exhibit a very special vintage XJ sedan.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the XJ line, this 1984 XJ6 was commissioned from Jaguar Classic by one Nicko McBrain – best known as the drummer from the heavy-metal rock band Iron Maiden.

The result of 3,500 man hours of work, the restored XJ6 has been remade in consultation between Nicko, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works, and designer Wayne Burgess. It features new bumpers (front and rear), flared wheel arches, 18-inch wire wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires, and new door sills. But that’s just the start.

The door handles, wing mirrors, and fuel caps, are all new. The suspension is upgraded, with adjustable rear dampers. The headlights have been modernized with LED units and “halo” DLRs. And the whole thing has been repainted in a unique shade of mauve.

“This is my ultimate XJ – my third, and lovingly named ‘Johnny 3’,” said McBrain. “It has been a true labour 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.”

As you might expect, the interior’s been thoroughly worked over as well, with red leather, black piping, and dark gray-stained sycamore veneers to mimic Nicko’s favorite snare drums. There’s also better sound insulation, more padding in the seats, a new three-spoke steering wheel, a pushbutton ignition, remote central locks, ambient lighting, and modern electronics including a touchscreen navigation system and high-end audio with machined aluminum knobs inspired by a Marshall guitar amp.

Under the hood, the original 4.2-liter straight six packs the triple 2-inch carbs from the E-Type, breathing through quad exhaust pipes. It all strikes us as a build no less impressive than Jaguar design chief Ian Callum’s own Mk2 sedan. No wonder the automaker chose to showcase it alongside its latest products at Europe’s premier auto show.

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  • Bash

    I love it, I wouldn’t mind driving it around.

  • donald seymour

    Beautiful, buuuuuut one of the most u unreliable cars to date.

  • Six_Tymes

    Fantastic! their restoration team does amazing work.

  • SteersUright

    The low profile tires ruin and otherwise very cool resto-mod.

    • Stephen G

      Awesome car. Very nice wheels but I do agree they may have looked better a smaller diameter.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Fab, though I’m not a big wheels-skinny tires man. That’s my sole complaint, mind you.

  • john1168

    It looks fantastic! Those wire wheels are gonna be a b!tch to clean. NO pictures of the engine?!?!

    • john1168

      Oh, and that is some beautiful paint too.

  • kachuks

    The last truly beautiful Jag design.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Fantastic restomod. A tasteful interpretation. I dare saying, better than many modern designs, too.

  • David Lee

    That Iron Maiden logo and font on the steering wheel!!!!! Dayum, this is class.

  • Marshall Boyce

    I’m in love


    • Nordschleife

      Ikr 😔

  • Nordschleife

    Agree not as I know the color mauve to be.

    • Mynameis Taylor

      not even close to mauve. Mauve is an earthy pinkish/lavender color

  • AstonMartin

    The Jaguar XJ is the car that sparked my passion for cars. Its a timeless design, kudos to a perfect resto.


    I love it. Keep it clean and simple.

  • I love it, and the modern features would help a lot. I wouldn’t surprised if Jaguar Heritage decide to build small run of the XJs. And maybe open up to other old Jag being restomods.

    Come on Mercedes. Fintail with modern restomod?

  • Mynameis Taylor


  • supermanuel

    My Dad had 2 XJ12s when I was a boy and I’ve loved the Jaguar brand ever since. This is stunning.


    May I be so vulgar as to inquire about the cost of such a one-off project?
    Just whisper it in my ear….as I stand next to this pit of bubble wrap to break my fall.
    I’ll tell no one…promise.

    • Mark Hawthorne

      3500 hours at £80/hour plus parts. Got to be £400,000 I’d imagine.

      • Yeah that makes sense, but maybe even close to half a mil? since I know manufacturer heritage up their price because of the manufacturer connection.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Wait, no LS swap? Disappointed.

  • Incog Nito

    Impressive restoration

  • Ary Wisesa

    Timeless beauty… Museum grade masterpiece. I love those rims.

    • Mark Hawthorne

      I can see why you or the owner might loves the wheels but they’re a total fail to my eye. It needs some remade original spec. alloys to make it look right. Even remade in a larger size than original would be fine.

      • Agree, and didn’t XJ didn’t come up with wire wheels? But yeah it’s more towards the consumer choice.

  • Vassilis

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • willhaven

    Best car at Geneva! It’s gorgeous!

  • Sharpel007

    Crazy money was not spent on a Series 3 XJ12…

  • TB

    Wow that looks amazing! I wonder how much it cost to complete….

  • TheBelltower

    Stunning. Though the halo headlamps look exactly like the inexpensive aftermarket lamps used on Jeeps.

  • Chad L

    wtf are those bicycle wheels

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