Congratulations, you are the owner of the second finest version of the
xj6 model ever produced. The 71 is slightly better in the Federal version
since it doesn’t have an air pump.
With regard to your question. There is absolutely no question, and I say
without any equivocation…it depends.
It depends on a number of factors.
Let’s assume that you will not use the car very much, if at all until the
rebuild in five years. The most important factor is the way it’s stored. A
damp environment will accelerate any rust already there and start new rust.
storage is a must.
You should drive the car, or at least warm it up to temperature
occasionally, ideally every week.
You must feed the leather or it will become brittle. I would recommend
twice per year with one of the brands mentioned on this list.
If you decide to store it, change all the fluids (oil/filter, transmission,
coolant, brake and power steering) first. The gas tanks must
be kept filled or rust will accumulate from condensation. You will need to
add"Stabil" or some other gas stabilizer or it will turn to gum. And you
must top up the tanks every six months since gas will evaporate.
There’s another product by Stabil called fogging oil. I understand that
does wonders to maintain the inside of the engine although I"ve never used
I’m a little concerned about the rust you mention. A little rust on the
can lead to a lot more underneath. I would have the car evaluated by a
professional (unless you are competent in that area) for required bodywork
before your store it. The projected cost may influence your decision to
All the rubber will be shot in five years, if not already. So plan on
replace engine and transmission mounts as well as all belts and hoses.The
tires will be trash in five years even if you don’t use them as the
belts will rust and you will risk separation when you finally drive the car.
71 XJ6----- Original Message -----
From: “Irishtobin” email@example.comTo: firstname.lastname@example.org]Sent:
Subject: [xj] 1972 XJ6 Value
My fiancï¿½e and I were recently given a 1972 XJ6 from her
grandfather. It was garage kept and is in great condition
considering it hasn’t been driven for 4 years. The body has minor
dings, scratches and rust while the interior is in immaculate
condition (Red Leather/Wood Trim & no scratches or tears). It has
a blown head gasket and the A/C needs charged, other then that it
runs great. With our current financial situation we cannot put
money into this vehicle to, at a minimum, repair the head gasket
let alone restore it. We are torn between storing the vehicle for
future restoration (easily 5yrs away) or selling it now. The
decision would be easier if we knew the current value of the car
and possibly the future value if we hold onto it. We are located
near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and any help would be greatly
Zieglerville, PA, United States
The archives and FAQ will answer many queries on the XJ series…
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