Series 3

From 1979 to 1992

By 1977 Jaguar needed to refresh the XJ so for the first time in their history, they went to an outside styling house Pininfarina to re-design the basic structure which entailed new lighting, impact absorbing bumpers, a larger glass area, flush mounted door handles and more changes to the interior - the Series 3 model was born. Produced in all engine sizes, Daimler and Jaguar but now only in long wheelbase form, the Series 3 revitalised sales while Jaguar was working on the design of an entirely new car for its replacement. 

The 6-cylinder XJ6 Series 3 remained in production until 1987, the V12 Jaguar until 1991 and the Daimler Double Six until 1992, after which nearly three quarters of a million XJs had been produced. 

Model Summary

Model Type:

XJ Saloons

Production Dates:

1979 - 1992

Engine Range:

3.4 Litre Series 3 Saloon

4.2 Litre Series 3 Saloon

5.3 Litre Series 3 Saloon

0 - 60 mph:

3.4 Litre Series 3 Saloon - 10.9 seconds

4.2 Litre Series 3 Saloon - 10.5 seconds

5.3 Litre Series 3 Saloon - 7.8 seconds (note all specs are for pre HE models)

Top Speed:

3.4 Litre Series 3 Saloon - 117 mph

4.2 Litre Series 3 Saloon - 128 mph

5.3 Litre Series 3 Saloon - 147 mph

Series 3 Technical Specifications

Technical Information

Engine Statistics

 3.4 Litre Series 3 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 3 Saloon
Engine (cc)4235
Bore and Stroke (mm)97.07 x 106
Compression Ratio8:1
BHP200
@ RPM5000
Torque (lb ft)236
@ RPM2750
FuellingFuel-injection
 5.3 Litre Series 3 Saloon
Engine (cc)5343
Bore and Stroke (mm)90 x 70
Compression Ratio9:1
BHP285
@ RPM5750
Torque (lb ft)294
@ RPM3500
FuellingFuel-injection

Engine Performance

 3.4 Litre Series 3 Saloon
Top Speed117 mph
0 - 60 mph10.9 seconds
Fuel Consumption16.7 mpg
 4.2 Litre Series 3 Saloon
Top Speed128 mph
0 - 60 mph10.5 seconds
Fuel Consumption15.7 mpg
 5.3 Litre Series 3 Saloon
Top Speed147 mph
0 - 60 mph7.8 seconds (note all specs are for pre HE models)
Fuel Consumption13.2 mpg

Model Specifications

 3.4 Litre Series 3 Saloon
Transmission5-speed all synchro
Wheel Size (in)15, steel
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 3 Saloon
Transmission5-speed all synchro BW 3-speed auto
Wheel Size (in)15, steel Later alloys
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 3 Saloon
TransmissionGM 3-speed auto BW 3-speed auto
Wheel Size (in)15, steel or alloys
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 3 Saloon
Length (in)194.75
Width (in)69.25
Height (in)54
Wheelbase (in)112.75
Front Track (in)58
Rear Track (in)58.5
Weight (Cwt)34
 4.2 Litre Series 3 Saloon
Length (in)194.75
Width (in)69.25
Height (in)54
Wheelbase (in)112.75
Front Track (in)58
Rear Track (in)58.5
Weight (Cwt)35.4
 5.3 Litre Series 3 Saloon
Length (in)194.75
Width (in)69.25
Height (in)54
Wheelbase (in)112.75
Front Track (in)58
Rear Track (in)58.5
Weight (Cwt)36

Optional Extras

All Models

  • Under-bumper fog/spot lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • Air-conditioning (standard on Vanden Plas from 1975)
  • Rear seat belts (standard on Vanden Plas from 1975)
  • Sundym tinted glass (standard on Vanden Plas and all V12s from 1976 and all models from 1978)
  • Drivers door mirror (standard on Vanden Plas)
  • Mud flaps
  • Witter tow bar

3.4 Litre Series 3 Saloon

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

4.2 Litre Series 3 Saloon

  • Overdrive for manual gearbox
  • Automatic transmission
  • Radio and/or radio/cassette system with electric aerial (standard on Vanden Plas)
  • Kent alloy wheels
  • Whitewalll tyres
  • Rear seat headrests (only on Vanden Plas)
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Cloth upholstery

5.3 Litre Series 3 Saloon

  • 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
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Cloth upholstery

Series 3 Events

Shesley

This action-packed weekend always attracts a very wide variety of pre-1980's competition cars competing on the historic hill climb course, plus spectacular static vehicle displays, trade stands, vintage-inspired entertainment, musicians, live...

This action-packed weekend always attracts a very wide variety of pre-1980's competition cars competing on the historic hill climb course, plu...

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The Jaguar Enthusiast' Club visit Hull for our first Big Forum Weekend, based at the Mercure Hull Grange Park....

The Jaguar Enthusiast' Club visit Hull for our first Big Forum Weekend, based at the Mercure Hull Grange Park....

Series 3 News

Cadwell Park Adam Powderham Pursues The Mid Field Pack

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.

Jaguar Xj6 Series 3 Sovereign
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Model Contacts

Keith Parrington

XJ Series Forum Co-ordinator

@: classicxj.jec@gmail.com

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