years. He had the car resprayed in its original colour about 9 years ago, but that was about the only improvements made by him. The interior
is still original (red). I had the woodwork redone in the meantime. Unfortunately, somebody used sandpaper on the veneer at the front of the
top dash and in the process, removed all the veneer. The rest of the woodwork survived and looks great. I am currently checking its
mechanicals. Although the engine has never been opened before (99k miles on the clock) it still has lots of power. I also had the carbs
overhauled which improved performance tremendously.
I had the car displayed at our annual "Cars-in-the-Park" show
and it received a lot of attention, but then, my wife's presence
might have had
"My love for Jags started at a very early age. My father used to restore cars as a hobby, not that I was much interested in his projects. It was not until he bought a 420G that I started to take interest in what he was doing night after night in the garage. I have never been very mechanically minded (that's why I am so dependent on advice from fellow listers), so could not have been of much assistance to him. The 420G was a real gem, a lot of car with a lot of power. Most of the times we only used it for towing the caravan when on holiday, so I have a lot of good memories attached to that particular car. But the Jag I really fancied and only saw in magazines, is the E-type.
I never thought I would ever be financially in a position to own one of these wonderful cars, but about two years ago I decided its time to buy the car I always dreamed of - the E-type (any E-type!). I scanned every available magazine for an E-type, but the ones I could find (with my limited budget) either needed a lot of attention (which I am unable to do on my own), or have already been restored and way too expensive. About 6 months ago I took my youngest son for a stroll and saw the most beautiful Jag I have ever seen. I immediately fell in love with it and there and then asked the owner whether he would be interested in selling the car. Apparently he had the car for about 10 years but only drives it every now and then, and only between work and home. He was quite surprised when I asked him as he had decided just that very day to sell the car. I bought it there and then (no test-drive no haggling about the price), but as one of the listers so gently put it: "you don't buy a Jag, it buys you".
Apparently I am the third (proud) owner of this magnificent vehicle.
Apart from being resprayed about 9 years ago and the restoring of the interior
woodwork (which was done by my father just after I bought the car), it
is mostly still original. It has done about 99k miles and is still
going strongly. It has no rust at all, but in the true Jaguar tradition,
have some oil leaks. I remember taking out the wall-to-wall carpets
in my garage just before I bought the car, the reason being that I want
to know if the car leaks any oil so I could immediately pay attention to
it. I certainly wish I still had that carpet!
Last Update 18 March 2002
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