Series III Sedans
XJ6/12 1979 - 1992
The Series III 4 door Saloons were available with 3.4 litre and 4.2
litre 6 cylinder engines (XJ6), or a 5.3 litre V12 (XJ12). They share
a common platform with their predecessor the Series 2, however a
number of styling and mechanical changes were made to the newer
The most obvious changes were the result of a restyle done by leading
Italian design company Pininfarina. The shape of the bonnet, the tail
lights, the rake of the windscreen and the height of the roof were
altered. A new grille was fitted and new alloy rims (which came to be
known as "pepper-pots") were an optional extra chosen by many.
The Series 3 on the left has a grill with vertical slats, the series
2 on the right has horizontal grille slats (almost a crosshatch
effect), you can also discern a minor difference in the bonnet (hood)
shapes if you look closely.
The rear end shots below show the change from the Series 1 and
Series 2 (pictured) "gothic" style tail lights to the almost semi
circular Series 3 style on the left.
While cloth seats were available on the base models, the vast
majority shipped with Connolly Leather Seats as seen in the pictured
Sovereign. Walnut Dash and Inlays were standard on all models, the
XJ6/12 and Sovereign models had the option of electrically adjustable
drivers seat, this was standard on the Daimler and VdP. Items such as
electrically adjustable mirrors and air conditioning were standard.
Rear Seat Headrests,Reading lights for front and rear, 4 way
Stereo,Cruise control and trip computer were standard on the
Sovereign, Daimler and VdP in most countries.The Daimler and VdP had
a different rear seat to the rest of the range - it was 2 full bucket
seats with an armrest in between, rather than the Bench style of the
XJ6, 12 and Sovereign.
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The Series 3 was available in several forms, the basic XJ 6 in either
3.4 or 4.2 litre straight 6. The XJ12 5.3 litre V12. The Sovereign (6
and 12) which incorporated many features that were optional extras
for the standard models, and the top of the range, the Daimler Six
and Double Six. The 6 and 12 cylinder Daimlers, incorporated all the
options and often items unique to the Daimler range. In the US and
Germany the Daimler was badged as Van Den Plaas (VDP) due to the
copyright restrictions on the Daimler name - it is owned by Daimler
Benz in those countries. The 6 cylinder Series 3 was replaced by the
XJ40 in 1987. The V12 Series 3 continued until 1992. Production
Figures below are only up to 1988 currently, this is to be updated
shortly. Note that the production figures for 1978 are pre release
models for exhibition at model launches.
We've begged, borrowed and stolen these pics from everywhere so if
your car is pictured let us know so we can give credit.
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