This Iron Maiden ‘Greatest Hits’ Jaguar XJ6 Restomod Rocks

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Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain‘s Jaguar XJ6

This custom-built ‘Greatest Hits’ 1984 series III Jaguar XJ6 restomod belongs to Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain and it’s seriously perfect…

While the glorious series III Jaguar XJ6 was the last of the true big cats made by Sir William Lyons, it boasted some outrageous build qualities including the ability to render itself virtually transparent within a few years of being soaked by our great British weather. Nonetheless, these things remain mysterious and powerfully attractive.

This particular car was commissioned by none other than Iron Maiden sticks man and life-long Jaguar enthusiast ‘Nicko’ who decided he needed a third XJ6 in his life – only this time it would be completely reimagined and incorporate some of his previous Jaguar’s prize possessions.

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The 3,500 man-hour project was created by expert engineers, and craftsmen at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in collaboration with Jaguar Design Studio Director Wayne Burgess, on a rebuild that involved more than 4,000 parts either refinished, replaced, or redesigned. Unlike any 1984 XJ6 before, substantial modifications to the exterior, interior, drivetrain, and suspension have all been utilised in a bid to create the dream Jag.

Jaguar XJ6 - Iron Maiden

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic director:
“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.”


Externally, the bespoke Mauve coloured Jaguar has been given LED headlights with ‘Halo’ daytime running lights alongside unique front and rear bumpers which seamlessly blend into the modified fenders with bespoke chrome brightwork and flush-fit US side markers. Front and rear wheel arches have been flared and re-profiled to accommodate the bespoke 18-inch wire wheels fitted with 235/45 R18 Pirelli P Zero tyres.

Jaguar XJ6 - Iron Maiden

Sills have also been modified as have the rear door pressings with front and rear suspension uprated to an adjustable damper system that can be tailored to suit driver requirements at the time.


Internally, the classic Jaguar style remains but works in synergy with modern-day convenience. leather seats are hand trimmed in Pimento Red with black piping and embossed head restraints, while a black hand-crafted carpet and Alcantara headlining finish off the luxurious trim. The dashboard features Dark Grey stained Sycamore veneers – the preferred material for Nicko’s favorite snare drums.

Jaguar XJ6 - Iron Maiden

Further nods to the owner’s art include machined aluminum 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.

Jaguar XJ6 - Iron Maiden

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 2012MY 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 SU carburettors from the E-type – Nicko’s favorite set up. Machined quad-exhaust tailpipes finish off a specially-designed exhaust system.

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Preserved components from Nicko’s first XJ6, which spent many years on 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 hood mascot, which first attracted Nicko to buy the car, to the original ignition keys from 1984.

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain:
“This is my ultimate XJ – my third, and lovingly, named ‘Johnny 3’. It has been a true labor 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 and my favorite of all Jaguar vehicles.”

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