Series 2

From 1973 to 1979

1973 brought about the XJ Series 2 models with the need to amend the design primarily for safety regulations in the USA. Front bumpers were raised which meant changing the radiator grille and lighting. Side impact bars were fitted to the doors and the bulkhead was sealed off from the cabin area. A new dashboard and other trim changes saw the range also expand with another new engine configuration 3.4 litres plus the 4.2 and 5.3 litre engines, plus Jaguar and Daimler models, long and short wheelbases, Vanden Plas and even a beautifully styled two-door pillarless coupe models. 

Model Summary

Model Type:

XJ Saloons

Production Dates:

1973 - 1979

Engine Range:

3.4 Litre Series Saloon

4.2 Litre Series 2 Saloon

5.3 Litre Series 2 Saloon

0 - 60 mph:

3.4 Litre Series Saloon - 10.9 seconds

4.2 Litre Series 2 Saloon - 8.9 seconds

5.3 Litre Series 2 Saloon - 7.8 seconds (Note All these specs are for Fuel Injected models)

Top Speed:

3.4 Litre Series Saloon - 117 mph

4.2 Litre Series 2 Saloon - 125 mph

5.3 Litre Series 2 Saloon - 147 mph

Series 2 Technical Specifications

Technical Information

Engine Statistics

 3.4 Litre Series Saloon
Engine (cc)3442
Bore and Stroke (mm)83 x 106
Compression Ratio8.8:1
BHP161
@ RPM5000
Torque (lb ft)189
@ RPM3500
Fuelling2x SU carbs
 4.2 Litre Series 2 Saloon
Engine (cc)4235
Bore and Stroke (mm)92.7 x 106
Compression Ratio8:1 (7:1/9:1 optional)
BHP170
@ RPM4500
Torque (lb ft)231
@ RPM3500
Fuelling2x SU carbs
 5.3 Litre Series 2 Saloon
Engine (cc)5343
Bore and Stroke (mm)90 x 70
Compression Ratio9:1
BHP285
@ RPM5750
Torque (lb ft)294
@ RPM3500
Fuelling4x Stromberg carbs, later fuel-injection

Engine Performance

 3.4 Litre Series Saloon
Top Speed117 mph
0 - 60 mph10.9 seconds
Fuel Consumption16.7 mpg
 4.2 Litre Series 2 Saloon
Top Speed125 mph
0 - 60 mph8.9 seconds
Fuel Consumption15 mpg
 5.3 Litre Series 2 Saloon
Top Speed147 mph
0 - 60 mph7.8 seconds (Note All these specs are for Fuel Injected models)
Fuel Consumption13.2 mpg

Model Specifications

 3.4 Litre Series Saloon
Transmission4-speed all synchro BW 3-speed auto
Wheel Size (in)15, steel/chrome
Suspension (Front)Ind semi-trailing wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension (Rear)Ind lower wishbones/upper driveshaft link, radius arms, coil springs
Brakes4-wheel disc, rear inboard
 4.2 Litre Series 2 Saloon
Transmission4-speed all synchro BW 3-speed auto
Wheel Size (in)15, steel/chrome
Suspension (Front)Ind semi-trailing wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension (Rear)Ind lower wishbones/upper driveshaft link, radius arms, coil springs
Brakes4-wheel disc, rear inboard
 5.3 Litre Series 2 Saloon
TransmissionBW 3-speed auto Later GM 3-speed auto
Wheel Size (in)15, steel/chrome
Suspension (Front)Ind semi-trailing wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension (Rear)Ind lower wishbones/upper driveshaft link, radius arms, coil springs
Brakes4-wheel disc, rear inboard

Model Dimensions

 3.4 Litre Series Saloon
Length (in)189.5 (194.75 long-wheelbase)
Width (in)69.25
Height (in)54
Wheelbase (in)108.75 (112.75 long-wheelbase)
Front Track (in)58
Rear Track (in)58.5
Weight (Cwt)32
 4.2 Litre Series 2 Saloon
Length (in)189.5 (194.75 long-wheelbase)
Width (in)69.25
Height (in)54
Wheelbase (in)108.75 (112.75 long-wheelbase)
Front Track (in)58
Rear Track (in)58.5
Weight (Cwt)33 (34 long-wheelbase)
 5.3 Litre Series 2 Saloon
Length (in)189.5 (194.75 long-wheelbase)
Width (in)69.25
Height (in)54
Wheelbase (in)108.75 (112.75 long-wheelbase)
Front Track (in)58
Rear Track (in)58.5
Weight (Cwt)35 (36 long-wheelbase)

Optional Extras

All Models

  • Under-bumper fog/spot lights (standard on Vanden Plas)
  • Halogen headlights
  • Air conditioning (standard on Vanden Plas and on other Daimler V12s from 1975
  • Rear seat belts (standard on Vanden Plas from 1975)
  • Drivers door mirror (standard on Vanden Plas)
  • Mud flaps
  • Witter tow bar

3.4 Litre Series Saloon

  • Heated rear screen
  • Overdrive for manual gearbox
  • Automatic transmission
  • Electrically operated windows
  • Laminated windscreen
  • Sundym tinted glass
  • Radio and/or radio/cassette system with electric aerial
  • Wing mirrors
  • Front seat headrests
  • Leather upholstery

4.2 Litre Series 2 Saloon

  • Overdrive for manual gearbox
  • Automatic transmission
  • Sundym tinted glass (standard on Vandem Plas and all models from 1978)
  • Radio and/or radio/cassette system with electric aerial (standard on Vanden Plas)
  • Kent alloy wheels
  • Whitewall tyres
  • Rear seat headrests (only on Vanden Plas)
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Cloth upholstery

5.3 Litre Series 2 Saloon

  • Sundym tinted glass (standard on Vanden Plas anf all V12s from 1976)
  • Choice of two radio and radio/cassette systems with electric aerial (standard on Vanden Plas and from 1976 on DD6 coupe)
  • Kent alloy wheels
  • Whitewall tyres
  • Rear seat headrests (only on Vanden Plas)
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Cloth upholstery

Chassis Numbers

ModelDriver SideChassis No. CommencedNumber made
Jaguar XJ6 3.4lRHD3A10015004
Jaguar XJ6 3.4lLHD3A500011486
Jaguar XJ6 4.2lRHD2N10017463
Jaguar XJ6 4.2lLHD2N500014907
Jaguar XJ6L 4.2lRHD2T100126236
Jaguar XJ6L 4.2lLHD2T5000124676
Jaguar XJ12 5.3lRHD2R10014157
Jaguar XJ12 5.3lLHD2R5000110069
Jaguar XJ6C 4.2lRHD2J10012606
Jaguar XJ6C 4.2lLHD2J500013899
Jaguar XJ12C 5.3lRHD2G1001604
JaguarXJ12C 5.3lLHD2G500011269
Daimler Sovereign 3.4RHD3B10012341
Daimler Sovereign 3.4LHD3B50001inc in RHD
Daimler Sovereign VDP 4.2RHD3C1001883
Daimler Sovereign VDP 4.2LHD3C50001inc in RHD

Series 2 Events

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Series 2 News

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This 2.2 mile Parkland circuit is wonderful when dry but in the wet, with a grid full of Jaguars? A totally different story. Arriving on Friday for free practice, it was pouring & extremely slippery.

This 2.2 mile Parkland circuit is wonderful when dry but in the wet, with a grid full of Jaguars? A totally different story. Arriving on Friday for free practice, it was pouring & extremely slippery.

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Model Contacts

Keith Parrington

XJ Series Forum Co-ordinator

@: classicxj.jec@gmail.com

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