Sunday, July 22, 2012

Car of The Day: July 22, 2012

Today's car of the day comes from craftymore's collection and is Matchbox's 1986 Jaguar XJ6.

The Jaguar XJ (XJ40) is a luxury sedan manufactured by Jaguar Cars between 1986 and 1994. It was an all-new redesign of the XJ to replace the Series III, although the two model ranges were sold concurrently until the Series III was discontinued in 1992. The XJ40 used the Jaguar independent rear suspension arrangement, and featured a number of technological enhancements (such as electronic instrumentation)

The base XJ6 of the model range was modestly equipped; extra-cost options included alloy wheels, anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, leather upholstery, and an automatic transmission. The exterior featured two pairs of circular headlamps and black powder-coated window frames.

During development, the XJ40 pioneered significant improvements to the way Jaguar designed, built, and assembled cars. Among these improvements was a 25% reduction in the number of bodywork panels required per car (e.g. three pressings needed for Series 3 door compared with one pressing for XJ40 door), resulting in not only a more efficient assembly process, but also a weight saving and a stiffier structure. Greater attention to panel gaps improved the drag factor (reduced from 0.849 Cd to 0.762 Cd), while also improving the fuel economy and lowering wind noise inside the cabin.

Initially, only two engines were offered across the XJ40 models: a 2.9L and a 3.6L version of the AJ6 inline-six. In 1990, these were changed to 3.2L and 4.0L versions. In 1993, the XJ12 and Daimler Double Six (both equipped with the Jaguar V12 engine) were added to the available models.

This Jaguar sums up Matchbox in the 1980s. Feature include opening doors, metal base and a semi working suspension.

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