Sir William Lyons was the co-founder of Jaguar (originally called Swallow Sidecar Company), and a natural talent at hiring–and retaining–the best people in the business. He retired from Jaguar to his Wappenbury Hall estate in 1972, hoping that he'd have time to play golf, travel, do some gardening and continue to win prizes with his Suffolk sheep and Jersey cattle.
The 1973-78 XJ6C and the 1975-78 XJ12C were the last Jaguars designed under his watch, and the timeless beauty of those pillarless coupés is a testament to his taste and vision.
Based on the short-wheelbase version of the Series II XJ, Jaguar built 6487 XJ6Cs and , bringing total production to 8342 coupés. Daimler added 2084 Sovereign 4.2Cs and Double Six Cs to that, which means more than ten thousand two-door luxury tourers left Coventry before the Series III XJ saloon put an end to the slow-selling coupé, once and for all.
Today, the XJ6C is the perfect car for L.A., or any city where people aren't familiar with bump parking.