A story of an S Type - by Alastair ReynoldsI once was an electronics design engineer, and one day somebody promoted me to managing R&D projects. As one of the benefits of junior management my employers gave me a company car (SAAB 9000). I have always run cars on the cheap by doing my own maintenance and repairs. I found that having a new modern efficient company car with no worries at all caused something to be missing in my life. I really enjoyed those hours lying under the family transport in the freezing Scottish winter. I was going to London on business one week in 1993 and I decided to look at the classic Jag market. I have always admired the 60's Mk2 and of course the 50's XK's. I decided to hire a car for the weekend prior to the weeks business, to look at some Jags. I cannot afford an XK and as it turned out the Mikes were all rot boxes at a price I could afford. I decided to look at S Types to compare value for money. My budget was the value of the car I sold to take up the company car offer (8000 pounds).
Overpriced 1966 S TypeAfter a number of abortive visits to some overpriced MkII's I came across what looked like original condition Jaguar S Type with only 25,000 miles on the clock. It was owned by this chap with a private collection. He had fallen on hard times and as a result was selling part of his collection.
The car was overpriced at the 8000 pounds in strict value terms but the history and the documentation was quite unique. It was my feeling then and still is today that S Types are a superior car to the MKII in mechanical terms because of the better rear suspension.
The following table is a list of that history, so you can share my impressions.
|Documented history for Jaguar VTE 617D|
|28/02/66||Jaguar Cars Ltd,||Browns
|24/03/66||Parkers Garage||Preston, |
|18/04/66||Mr & Mrs R L Prince,||Preston, Lancs||890||890|
|No Date||Mrs Prince||Letter of authenticity||00890|
|Mid 1975||Dr G Donovan||Family friend of above||00890|
|14/05/76||Milage at time of sale||01493||603|
|14/05/76||Mr A C Wakeling,||Aldershot||01493|
|05/12/77||Letter of authenticity |
& Milage at time of sale
|05/12/77||Mr R Karmali||Datchet,Slough||01813|
|15/03/80||Milage at time of sale||12391|
|15/03/83||Hurst Park Garage, |
Mr D E Morrison
|Kingston Road, Staines, |
|17/05/83||Letter of authenticity, |
Milage at time of sale
|17/05/83||Mr B McGrath||Portsmouth||12391|
|21/08/85||J B Ringnala||Heathfield E Sussex||16783|
|Assumed milage at time of sale||approx||18338||1555|
|Documented history for Jaguar continued....VTE 617D|
|26/03/87||Breakspear Car Sales, |
Mr B P Hicks
|19/02/93||Sold to present owner,||Milage at time of sale||24452|
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