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Custom Roadster! 1971 Jaguar XJ6

Meet JAGROD, a custom roadster hand-built by the seller about nine years ago.  The project started off with a 1971 Jaguar XJ6 but morphed into the cool one-of-a-kind two-seater you can see here on eBay.  This one’s pretty impressive, with some good attention to detail and lots of hand-made parts, so if you’ve always wanted a Hot Rod but didn’t fancy the idea of building one yourself it may be worth checking out.  No one has placed the opening bid of $14,500 yet, and you’ll have to travel to Penrose, Colorado to see it before deciding if you’d like to get in on the game.  Thanks again, T.J., for another great tip here!

Something really neat about this listing is that some photos are provided of how Jagrod looked before the present paint job was applied, and we also get to view the engine it started out with.  The seller began by hand-fabricating a custom chassis using 2 x 3 tubing, then took the steering and both the front and rear suspension from the XJ6 and added them.  It was first powered by the Jaguar’s engine, but at some point, that motor failed, so a Chevy 350 engine was used as a replacement along with a Turbo 350 automatic transmission.  The seller also made the headers himself, which can be uncapped on the sides if you want to wake up the neighborhood, but if that’s not your cup of tea there’s also a full exhaust system underneath the car.

The car’s nose and body cone were also fabricated using the Jaguar’s metal, with the front component incorporating both the hood and grille.  No word on where that fuel tank came from, or if it was also hand-made, but the canister flows well with the rest of the car’s presence, and I’ve been a fan of those custom lights in the back with the blue dots in the center that turn purple when you hit the brakes since I was a kid.  I once owned a ’73 Nova that I removed the backup lights from and added an extra set of tail lights from a junkyard car in their place and put the blue dots on all four.  They leaked and caused some surface rust in the trunk, but I was young and didn’t care!

Things inside are simple and no-frills, but it compliments and matches the personality of the outside nicely, although the seller mentions that the way the seats are now it’s kind of a tight fit if you’re tall.  Perhaps changing to a set of pressed-metal bomber-type seats may help if you’re over 5’10”.  This one seems like it was smartly planned out, and I’m guessing it grabs plenty of attention wherever it goes.  What do you think?


  1. Avatar photo bobhess Member

    Certainly unique, certainly well built. Those taillights look like ’50s Pontiac units. I like it.

    Like 6
  2. Avatar photo Fred Veenschoten

    Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Horrible looking car.

    Like 15
  3. Avatar photo jrhmobile

    Screw the idea of bomber seats. That’s just wrong.

    A Jaguar hot rod demands a cushy repopped XJ6 back seat to cruise in.

    Like 8
  4. Avatar photo Danny B

    The tilt on the nosepiece just makes it look a little odd.Otherwise I like it…

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    • Avatar photo Rick

      That nosepiece looks like something swiped from a rooftop AC unit whose designer was on quite a trip.

      Like 1
  5. Avatar photo steve

    I can see why there are no bids. The thing is butt ugly.

    Like 6
  6. Avatar photo PairsNPaint

    Well, it’s different. But you can find Jag suspension under literally dozens of T-buckets, ’32-34 roadsters and others so without the Jag motor, it’s a stretch to call it a JagRod.

    Like 3
  7. Avatar photo Lee

    Guess this guy never heard about Pinto gas tanks and what a rear end impact can do. For building a frame from scratch, the engine sits too high. Not well thought out. He would have been better off looking at the early modified coupes they raced in the early days.

    Also a lot easier if he started with a C3 Vette!

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  8. Avatar photo PRA4SNW

    This answers a question that never needed to be asked:

    What would hot rods look like if muscle cars were never made?

    This is one very unique possibility and harkens back to the creativity of the late 40’s of taking what you’ve got and making it faster.

    Like 3
  9. Avatar photo Barstow

    I would buy this and then drive it to Pebble Beach and annoy all the “high class” people…

    Like 6
    • Avatar photo Ike Onick

      I doubt they would pay any attention.

      Like 2
      • Avatar photo jrhmobile

        They would if you were doing sloppy Brodies and spitting gravel at them.

        Like 2
  10. Avatar photo Big C

    If your Lotus Super 7 was rear ended by a T-Bucket. Here you go.

    Like 6
  11. Avatar photo DA


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  12. Avatar photo Craig Baloga

    Looks like Eddie Munster built his own Munster Mobile from Barris’s parts bin….


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  13. Avatar photo Danny V. Johnson

    I can think of a better use for that jaguar suspension.

    Like 2
  14. Avatar photo Wayne

    I have often thought of building a “special car” using the front and rear from an XJ6. What’s not to like? They are well engineered, the complete front and rear units just bolt on and off the chassis. Plus they use a Chevy (5 on 4.75″) bolt pattern on the wheels, so easy to fit desired off sets, etc. I think I like this car because it is different. I don’t like the use of the Chevy small block only because it is over done. How about a hot rodded Packard straight 8 or a supercharged 4 cylinder Tempest engine. You know, something different!

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  15. Avatar photo Mike

    Looks like he tried to make the Jag motor work, but then said “F*** it” I’ll drop in a V8. His ideas on exhaust with the Jag motor just doesn’t look right.

    Like 0
  16. Avatar photo healeydays

    Not much Jag left in that one. It would have been nice to see an old Jag straight 6 powering it.

    Like 0

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