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SCC SPECIAL PROJECTS
1976 Jaguar XJ60C Conversion
1976 JAGUAR XJ60C Series 2
Restoration & Conversion
Restoration; V6 to V12 and auto-to-manual transmission conversion; performance upgrades including suspension and brakes.
PROJECT SCOPE OF WORK:
The Jaguar XJ Series 2 includes design updates to the Series 1 reflected in the 1974.
In addition to design changes, the engine displacement options – including a 4.2 liter straight 6 cylinder and 5.3 liter V12 engine – were augmented with a 3.4 liter adaptation of the XK engine after 1975. Despite what would be a seeming attraction, the V12 models account for just one in six XJ’s produced. Restoration conversions from the inline six to V12’s and fuel-injected V12’s are popular among vendors capable of the conversion.
External variations among the Series 2 can be somewhat obscure. However, in the North American market, NTSB regulations mandated a higher front bumper placement for crash-safety standards. Limited body style changes were required to accommodate the new bumper position, including a reduced grill square area and the addition of a supplemental air intake just below the bumper.
Also notably with the Series 2 XJ Jaguar’s were interior updates to better meet consumer demand in environmental controls. Both the heating and air conditioning systems were revised over the Series 1 to better satisfy consumer preferences.
Overall, the XJ line is beloved as a classic symbol of affluence, and who’s model design styling influences can be seen in the subsequent competitive brands models – a flattery not lost on Jaguar XJ owners.