Jaguar Classic presented Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain’s custom-built ‘Greatest Hits’ Jaguar XJ6, kicking-off Jaguar’s XJ 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018.
The bespoke commission is a collaboration between McBrain, the engineers and craftsmen at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, and Jaguar Design studio director Wayne Burgess. The project involved more than 3,500 man hours of work, with more than 4,000 parts refinished, replaced or redesigned. Unlike any 1984 XJ6 before, it incorporates substantial modifications to the exterior, interior, drivetrain and suspension, resulting in McBrain’s dream XJ.
Key features include:
- Unique front and rear bumpers – seamlessly blended in to the modified fenders with bespoke chrome brightwork and flush-fit US side markers
- Flared and re-profiled front and rear wheel arches accommodating bespoke 18-inch wire wheels fitted with 235/45 R18 Pirelli P Zero tyres
- Unique sills and modified rear door pressings
- Uprated front and rear suspension with adjustable rear dampers
- Unique 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 reduced wind noise, and additional sound deadening
- Integrated touch screen 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, featuring guitar amplifier-inspired control knobs machined from aluminium
- In-dash starter button
- Uprated air-conditioning
- Remote central locking
Inside, the leather seats are hand trimmed in Pimento Red with black piping and embossed head rests, while a black hand-crafted carpet and Alcantara headlining finishes off the trim. The dashboard features Dark Grey stained Sycamore veneers – the preferred material for McBrain’s favourite snare drums.
Further nods to the owner’s art include machined aluminium rotary controls on the dashboard – inspired by the control knobs of the guitar amplifiers created by McBrain’s great friend Jim Marshall, and drum kit inspired pedals finished in chrome and black. The custom three-spoke sports steering wheel features McBrain’s unique mascot – the ‘Eddie Growler’, first seen on his specially commissioned 2013 Jaguar XKR-S.
Bespoke soft down lighting illuminates the revised dashboard, in which a Alpine touch screen controls the 1100W sound system, powering speakers from McBrain’s preferred Jaguar audio installation, the 12MY Jaguar XF.
Incorporating a number of reconditioned parts from McBrain’s original XJ6, the 4.2-litre in-line six-cylinder engine features three 2-inch SU carburettors from the E-type. Machined quad-exhaust tail pipes finish-off a specially-designed exhaust system.