Jaguar Classic has built a custom XJ6 for Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, which has been shown at the Geneva motor show
It might not look it, but the Jaguar XJ is celebrating its 50 year anniversary this year. As part of the celebrations, Jaguar Classic showed its latest commission at the 2018 Geneva motor show – a custom XJ6 that has been built for Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain.
Based on a 1984 Series 3, this ‘restomod’ XJ6 has been created by Jaguar Classic – and is the result of over 3500 hours of work. Known as the ‘Greatest Hits’, the custom XJ is a collaborative work between the team at Classic Works, Jaguar Design studio director Wayne Burgess as well as McBrain himself, featuring unique touches inspired by all five decades of Jaguar XJ production’ as well as the drummer’s heavy metal background.
Painted in a unique metallic mauve, the exterior of the car has been considerably modified. Most noticeable are the 18-inch wire wheels, fitted with 235/45 R18 Pirelli P Zero tyres, sitting in the flared and re-profiled wheelarches. In order to declutter the exterior of the XJ, slimmer Series 2 XJ door handles are fitted along with bullet door mirrors. Unique modified sill and rear door pressings were also produced for this example.
The project is based on Nicko’s third XJ, but features many salvaged and recondition parts from his original XJ, which spent many years sat in the grounds of Iron Maiden bass guitarist Steve Harris. These include Jaguar leaper on the bonet, as well as the original ignition key.
Mechanical upgrades include a mildly-tuned version of the 4.2-litre engine, which has been fully reconditioned, and is running three E-type-spec SU carburettors. A custom exhaust system is finished with custom-machined quad tailpipes. Uprated suspension comes complete with adjustable rear dampers.
The interior has been fully re-trimmed, with red leather covering the seats, centre console and the bottom half of the dashboard, with black Alcantara headlining and dark sycamore dashboard veneer adding a bit of contrast.
In the interest of making the car more usable and enjoyable, improved sound insulation and more modern door seals have been fitted. Heating and ventilation controls are specially milled from aluminium in the style of a Marshall amplifier, with drum kit-inspired pedals.
As you might expect, there is a high-powered 1100W sound system. This is controlled by an Alpine head unit, driving speakers taken from a 2012 Jaguar XF.
Nicko McBrain commented: ‘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.’