TV Fact #262 – July 13th, 2015:

Apart from accomplishing the basic transport of the main character Robert McCall (Played by Edward Woodward), and setting the tone of series through its contribution to McCall’s style, “The Equalizer” (1985-1989) was the first—and, as of December 2014, the only—American television series in which Jaguar Cars contracted with a television production company to feature its automobiles for promotional purposes. What this meant was the series required each season to have a current example of their line of vehicles.

As such, in the pilot episode of the series McCall’s primary car was a Lacquer Black 1985 Jaguar XJ6 Series III Vanden Plas with Dove Gray colored leather interior. With the first production episode of the first season, it consistently became a standard 1986 Series III. For the second season, the car was replaced with a 1987 model with the same paint and the Sable Tan leather interior. For the third and fourth seasons the car was updated to Jaguar’s replacement Series III models, the 1988 and 1989 XJ40s, respectively (with continuity in the paint and interior).

When you have the lead character of an espionage thriller, a beautiful car always seems to be a cornerstone. Don’t ask me why, I didn’t write the book.

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