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NEC Classic: Dan Powell's Friday highlights

Thousands of historic car enthusiasts have made the annual pilgrimage to Birmingham’s NEC this weekend to enjoy the annual Classic Motor Show. As well as the enthusiasts and their queue into the NEC on Friday morning, plenty of classic car celebrities made it to the show - both cars, and personalities. We'll be bringing the full stories over the weekend, but for now, here are the highlights from the first day of action...

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Jaguar Heritage brought a fantastic collection of vehicles to this year’s show, including this 1983 XJ-S Police car.  The 3.6-litre coupe would be a standard Jaguar with 223bhp and a top speed of 141mph, although many forces would upgrade the wheels and fit Michelin XWX tyres.

The XJ-S was accompanied by another of ‘emergency vehicles’, including a 1985 XJ6 Silverstone fire car. The pre-production model was built in June 1985 to German specification and fitted with a 2.9-litre engine. However, the car was lent to the Silverstone Racing circuit and used as a high-speed fire tender. 


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