Jaguar Reveals Stunning Bespoke XJ For British Rock Star


The custom Jag celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic XJ.

Jaguar Classic has given the iconic E-Type and D-Type new leases of life as continuation cars, and now the automaker’s restoration division has built a stunning, bespoke XJ 6 to celebrate the ironic sedan's 50th anniversary. Dubbed the XJ Greatest Hits, it’s based on a 1984 XJ6 Series 3 owned by Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain. Painstakingly restored and modified to Nicko's unique specification, the project took 3,500 man hours to build and required more than 4,000 parts to be refinished, replaced or redesigned.

Unlike any 1984 XJ6 before, the Greatest Hits “incorporates substantial modifications to the exterior, interior, drivetrain and suspension, resulting in Nicko’s dream XJ.” Modifications include new front and rear bumpers seamlessly blended in to the modified fenders, flared and re-profiled front and rear wheel arches accommodating unique 18-inch wheels wrapped in 235/45 R18 Pirelli P Zero tires, uprated front and rear suspension with adjustable rear dampers, and a unique Mauve paint finish. The trunk features recessed fuel fillers on either side, while new LED headlights with unique halo running lights have also been fitted.

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Rounding off the exterior changes is chrome trim taken from the earlier Series 2 XJ6. The stunning result certainly won’t make you run for the hills (sorry). “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," said Nicko. "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.”

Inside, the bespoke XJ features handcrafted interior with Pimento Red leather seats adorned with black piping and embossed headrests, dark grey stained Sycamore veneers, and a black Alcantara headlining. Other touches include machined-aluminium rotary controls on the dashboard inspired by the control knobs of guitar amplifiers and drum kit inspired pedals finished in chrome and black. There’s also an Eddie Growler graphic on the custom three-spoke sports steering wheel based on the famous Iron Maiden mascot. Nicko will also be able to listen to his band’s tunes in much higher quality than before, as the stereo has been upgraded to a modern 1100W sound system.