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UNDER STRICT EMBARGO – 11:45 CET 6 MARCH 2018

 Jaguar’s 50 years of XJ celebrations begin with bespoke Jaguar Classic commission for

Iron Maiden drummer and life-long Jaguar enthusiast ‘Nicko’
 Nicko’s classic 1984 XJ6 Series 3 features a host of custom touches inspired by all five
decades of Jaguar XJ production, and McBrain’s heavy metal heritage
 ‘Greatest Hits’ XJ is a collaboration between Nicko, the expert engineers and craftsmen
at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works and Jaguar Design studio director WayneBurgess
 Bespoke XJ unveiled at Geneva International Motor Showon 6 March during the Jaguar
Land Rover press conference
 Customer enquiries for Jaguar Classic vehicles should be made using: +44 (0)203 601
1255 or info@classic.jaguar.co.uk

(Ryton-on-Dunsmore, UK – 6 March 2018) Today at the Geneva Motor ShowJaguar
Classic is proud to present Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain’s custom-built ‘Greatest
Hits’ Jaguar XJ6, kicking-off Jaguar’s XJ 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018.
The bespoke commission is a collaboration between Nicko, the expert engineers and
craftsmen at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, and Jaguar Design studio
director Wayne Burgess. The project involved more than 3500 man hours of work, with more
than 4000 parts refinished, replaced or redesigned. Unlike any 1984 XJ6 before, it
incorporates substantial modifications to the exterior, interior, drivetrain and suspension,
resulting in Nicko’s dream XJ.
Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic director, said: “Creating this ‘Greatest Hits’XJ,
and the whole process of bringing someone’s automotive dream to life, has been
extraordinarily rewarding for the Jaguar Classic team. It’s been a pleasure to work with Nicko
and we’re looking forward to hearing the reaction to this project.”
Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, said:“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.”
Key features include:
 Unique front and rear bumpers – seamlessly blended in to the modified fenders with
bespoke chrome brightwork and flush-fit US side markers
 Flared and re-profiled front and rear wheel arches accommodating bespoke 18-inch wire
wheels fitted with 235/45 R18 Pirelli P Zero tyres
 Unique sills and modified rear door pressings
 Uprated front and rear suspension with adjustable rear dampers
 Unique Mauve paint finish
 Conversion to elegant Series 2 XJ door handles and bullet wing mirrors
 Conversion to LED headlights with ‘Halo’ daytime running light signature
 Conversion to recessed twin fuel fillers
 Modern door sealing for reduced wind noise, and additional sound deadening
 Integrated touch screen operating satnav, phone, rear viewcamera and in-car
entertainment
 Re-trimmed interior with modified seat foams improving refinement
 Bespoke audio system with USB connectivity, featuring guitar amplifier-inspired control
knobs machined from aluminium
 In-dash starter button
 Uprated air-conditioning
 Remote central locking
Inside, classic Jaguar style meets modern day convenience. The leather seats are hand

trimmed in Pimento Red with black piping and embossed head rests, while a black hand-
crafted carpet and Alcantara headlining finishes off the trim. The dashboard features Dark

Grey stained Sycamore veneers – the preferred material for Nicko’s favourite snare drums.
Further nods to the owner’s art include machined aluminium rotary controls on the dashboard
– inspired by the control knobs of the guitar amplifiers created by Nicko’s great friend Jim

Marshall, and drum kit inspired pedals finished in chrome and black. The custom three-spoke
sports steering wheel features Nicko’s unique mascot – the ‘Eddie Growler’, first seen on his
specially commissioned 2013 Jaguar XKR-S.
Bespoke soft down lighting illuminates the revised dashboard, in which a state-of-the-art
Alpine touch screen controls the 1100W sound system, powering speakers from Nicko’s
preferred Jaguar audio installation, the 12MY Jaguar XF.
Incorporating a number of reconditioned parts from McBrain’s original XJ6, the 4.2-litre in-line
six-cylinder engine features three 2-inch SUcarburettors from the E-type – Nicko’s favourite
set up. Machined quad-exhaust tail pipes finish-off a specially-designed exhaust system.
Preserved components from Nicko’s first XJ6, which spent many years stood in the grounds
of the home of Iron Maiden bass guitarist Steve Harris, following Nicko’s move to America,
are present elsewhere in the build too: from the iconic Jaguar leaper bonnet mascot, which
first attracted Nicko to buy the car, to the original ignition keys from 1984.

Date Posted: March 6, 2018