Iron Maiden Drummer Nicko McBrain Receives Unique 'Greatest Hits' XJ6

  • Jaguar begins 50 years of XJ celebrations with a unique Jaguar Classic commission for Iron Maiden's drummer, Nicko McBrain
  • The classic 1984 XJ6 Series 3 has a range of unique characteristics in homage to all fifty years of Jaguar XJ production and Nicko's heavy metal history
  • Custom XJ revealed during the Geneva International Motor Show during the Jaguar Land Rover press conference


Jaguar have recently shown off their custom-built 'Greatest Hits' Jaguar XJ6 at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The bespoke 1984s car was a present to the drummer of the band Iron Maiden, Nicko McBrain who is a lifelong Jaguar fan. This was done as the firing shot for Jaguar's celebrations about the XJs 50th anniversary.

This custom XJ commission was a project by Nicko, the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works team and Jaguar Design studio director Wayne Burgess. They dedicated 3500 hours towards making this special car, which required the refinishing, replacing and redesign of over 4000 parts. This commission piece stands out from a typical 1984 XJ as it uses considerable modifications on the exterior, interior, drivetrain and suspension to achieve Nicko's dream XJ.

“This is my ultimate XJ – my third, and lovingly named ‘Johnny 3’. 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. 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 favourite of all Jaguars.”

Nicko McBrain

Iron Maiden Drummer

Front cabin
Custom steering wheel
Front cabin

Key Features Of The 'Greatest Hits' XJ6 Include:

  • ​Exclusive front and rear bumpers - Seamlessly blended into the also modified fenders with chrome brightwork and flush-fit US side markers
  • Flared and reprofiled front & rear wheel arches
  • Bespoke 18" wire wheels fitted with 235/45 R18 Pirelli P Zero tyres
  • Exclusive sills and modified rear door pressings
  • Uprated front and rear suspension with adjustable rear dampeners
  • Exclusive Mauve paint finish
  • Conversion to elegant Series 2 XJ door handles and bullet wing mirrors
  • Conversion to LED headlights with 'Halo' daytime running light signature
  • Conversion to recessed twin fuel fillers
  • Modern door sealing for decreased wind noise and additional sound deadening
  • An integrated touchscreen operating satnav, phone, rear view camera and in car entertainment
  • Re-trimmed interior with modified seat foams improving refinement
  • Bespoke audio system with USB connectivity with guitar amplifier inspired control knobs made from aluminium
  • In-dash starter button
  • Uprated air-conditioning
  • Remote central locking

“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.”

Tim Hannig - Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director

The interior of this bespoke Jaguar combines the classic style seen in old Jaguars, with the convenience of modern day innovation. The inside features leather seats that have been trimmed in Pimento Red with black piping and embossed head rests, black hand-crafted carpet, Alcantara headlining and a dashboard made from Dark Grey stained Sycamore veneers.

The materials used for the interior were inspired by Nicko. Such as the aforementioned dashboard was made from the material Nicko's prefers his snare drums to be made from, and the control knobs of the guitar amplifier created by Jim Marshall inspired the machined aluminium rotary controls seen on the dashboard. Additionally, the pedals were inspired by a drum kit finished in black and chrome and the three-spoke steering wheel features Nicko's exclusive mascot 'Eddie Growler', which was previously seen on his 2013 Jaguar XKR-S, which was also a special commission.

Soft down lighting has been installed above the dashboard to light it up, which also hosts a cutting-edge Alpine touchscreen which controls Nicko's 1100W sound system from the 12MY Jaguar XF, Nicko's preferred Jaguar audio system.


There are a number of components that have been reconditioned from Nicko's XJ6, such as the 4.2-litre in-line six-cylinder engine with three E-TYPE 2" SU carburettors, as well as machined quad-exhaust tail pipes. These parts came from Nicko's first XJ6 which has been in the home of Iron Maiden's guitarist, Steve Harris after Nicko relocated to the US. Other parts sourced from his original XJ6 are the Jaguar leaper from the bonnet and the original ignition keys.