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.”
Iron Maiden Drummer
Key Features Of The 'Greatest Hits' XJ6 Include:
“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.