Here are some of the details on Shere Khan that are non-standard modifications:
The steering wheel is a sporty black four-spoke Momo wheel (with the Jaguar badge). I've never driven with the standard wheel, so I can't make comparisons, but I can say that the Momo is very comfortable, and has excellent grip and feel. It's the best wheel I've ever driven with, and that includes the steering wheels on the various Mercs, various BMWs, XJ-S V12, Range Rover and Rolls-Royce my father has had that I've driven.
The exhaust pipes are "straight out", rather than the standard S-shape. I personally prefer the pipes straight - it seems to look "sportier", so when I had the rear silencer boxes replaced, I had them put straight-out pipes on, tipped with chrome extensions which extend about 1cm before the end of the rear bumper. Maybe next time I need to replace silencer boxes I'll do the hoon thing and put twin pipes each side, for a total of four pipes...
The front grille is black with a chrome surround - I've only ever seen one other Jag with the grille this colour, also a 1980 Series II.
The headlights are not original. The main headlamps are flat Autopal 7" halogen lights (80/100W).
The driving lights are standard driving lamps that can be bought off the shelf at any car spares store. I bolted them onto the bumper, and wired them up via a relay onto the bright circuit, so they come on when the brights come on. I'm considering putting in a separate switch to switch them on separately from the brights so that I can annoy BMW and Opel drivers who drive with foglights on even in clear conditions.
The little black fuse holders for the headlights have been replaced by hard plastic in-line fuse holders with blade fuses because the original boxes had basically disintegrated.
Unable to find an off-the-shelf powered radio antenna that would fit into the XJ6's tail compartment, I fitted a short black rubber stub antenna, which actually works well and looks good - and it helps me park, because I can see the end of the car.
I've used the air vent brackets in the top far end of the boot to hold luggage straps, which hold my enormous toolbox in. This means that the toolbox sits on the raised platform, out of the way of everything else, and is anchored in place.
Evidently the submerged fuel pumps failed at some point, because external 4psi fuel pumps were fitted in the spare wheel compartment, complete with appropriate fuel pipe and wiring routing.
The wheels are 15" Jaguar Kent alloy rims, though whether they were factory-fitted or not I don't know. These rims use a small chrome hub-cover with Jaguar badge. [Update: apparently these wheels were an option from 1975 onward, and were fitted to many Daimler and Vanden Plas models.]
The tyres are a non-standard 205/65VR15 size, mainly because the 205/70VR15 tyres are very difficult to get. If I'd had more money at the time, I'd have got 215/65VR15 tyres instead. Oh well, maybe next time...
The sound system is a Diamond tuner/CD, chosen primarily because it has a silver surround which matches the fascia, and four 70W Pioneer 4" speakers which fit the original speaker housings.
The horn switch isn't in the steering wheel, but is mounted on the side of the fascia.
The floor mats are charcoal-black. I bought these from the Jaguar Club, and being Jaguar mats, fit properly. The original carpeting was rotted away.
The rear parcel shelf is covered in black vinyl rather than the standard brown carpet material, which had faded badly. I redid the entire rear dash myself.
I have a manual switch for the auxiliary cooling fans on the console in place of the rear windows lockout switch. I no longer have fans though.
The cruise control is Speed-O-Cruise, by Conlog, and was fitted standard to the South African XJ6 Executive models, but not to any Jags outside South Africa, as far as I know.
I have an eye-level third brake light mounted on the rear dash.
I have an (illegal) small number plate on the front bumper, rather than using the large number plate mounting.
The non-functional boot light is augmented by two cheap lights with manual switches.
I have a leaper fitted.
Copyright © 2000 G R Adamson
Last updated: 8 September 2000