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First, the tip for a stress free marriage. If you are going to buy an unnecessary car, it's best to discuss it with your wife first rather than break it to her as a complete surprise a few hours before she has to come with you to pick it up.

Second, here's my recent auction purchase, as detailed elsewhere Historics at Brooklands - Specialist Classic and Sports Car Auctioneers - 1986 Jaguar Soverign 4 3

I always wanted to buy a classic at auction and I always wanted to have one of the first series (I mean S1-S3) Jaguar XJ6's. The shape, for a saloon car is one of the greatest and is one that just could not be done nowadays. And it's one of the great car designs. I can imagine the impact when it was launched in '68.

As a drive it's the complete opposite to the Giulia GT. Smooth, refined, relaxed. Not that fast off the line (for a 205hp, 4.2 litre engine, anyway) but plenty fast enough. It's a sublime ride, better than any of my moderns up our rough unmade road (The benefit of great suspension & tyres without a silly low profile).

There are some great period features including a working cassette player (I have no cassettes) and an early trip computer about the size of a housebrick and with 5 functions.

Handling is great and the car has the best bodywork & paint finish of any of my cars. Fuel consumption is, well, scary. I will be surprised if I get more than 20mpg out of it in the mainly local use it will get.

Insurance cost was £15 (fee to switch from the Giulia GT which is off the road for winter) and it is taxed to February. We have taken our CLK convertible off the road for winter too so are recovering cost of road tax & insurance on that. We'll be using the Jag as my wifes car & general household car for Winter and the plan is to sell in Spring when the Alfa goes back on the road.

If I'm lucky I'll get my money back in Spring.
 

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Beautiful car - and what a bargain.
 

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I think purchase first, the old saying "She can't say no", if she does try to take it back :D, divorce her :thumbs:

What a cracker of a car BTW :thumbs:
 

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Beautiful car - congratulations.
 

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Just looking at this again - it really is a stunner. Can't believe they sell so cheap. Must stop looking, must stop looking.....
 

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A quick update, I had originally planned to loan the car to my 19 year old Student daughter in term time to use while at University. I thought it would be incredibly cool for her to have a car like that and it was part of my devastatingly logical plan to justify purchase.

But that plan fell by the wayside on several counts. First my daughter has been reluctant to drive it as she has only previously driven a corsa and felt this was too much of a step. Second, the insurance was going to be £1300. Third she just does not get the whole 'old cars can be cool' thing. She has the neophilism of youth. Not a problem, lets be honest, I bought it for me, not her.

Wife has been driving it and she is coming round from initial frostiness after one of her friends admired it.
 

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Lovely car, the series 3 XJ is one of the nicest shapes of Jag. :cool:
 
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That is lovely :)

Natural habit is parked up outside the Winchester Club while Arfur enjoys a swift VAT downsstairs with Terry and Dave.
 

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As one just moving back in from the dog house after springing the Cayman on the lady, I will surely remember your advice when I plan my next stupidity.

And what a pretty car :thumbs: - well done!
 

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I don't generally have problems with my missus when I change cars.

She isn't in a position to complain really... I pay for the car, the insurance, tax, and the upkeep yest she gets to drive it.
 

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Very nice too, for those that are able to run such a superb machine. :thumbs:

Rather nit picky, but where are the mirror finished aluminium cam box covers? you've guessed it, mine were all much earlier versions of the Big Cat.

Now you have me thinking, I do believe one of my bro'-in-laws, has one of those on a P plate, (would that be the same model?) sitting in front of his house with the grass growing under it! Shall I, shall I not, get stuck in again? :confused:
 
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Very nice too, for those that are able to run such a superb machine. :thumbs:

Rather nit picky, but where are the mirror finished aluminium cam box covers? you've guessed it, mine were all much earlier versions of the Big Cat.

Now you have me thinking, I do believe one of my bro'-in-laws, has one of those on a P plate, (would that be the same model?) sitting in front of his house with the grass growing under it! Shall I, shall I not, get stuck in again? :confused:
Suffixed P-plate would have been a series II, prefixed P-plate would be the later X300 car. I'll take any, thanks!
 

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Very bonny car - Grace, Space and Pace, as the old Jag ads used to say:)

Always had a soft spot for Jags but only ran one for myself - actually a SII Daimler Sovereign - only a cheap old nail I picked up during my years as a Car breaker - but it was a very pleasant drive - like many big cars actually more likely to get you to drive gently in "waft" node, but perfectly capable of picking up its heels and covering ground very rapidly when asked - and the only car I've owned that came close to as attractive an interior was my 166....It was a bit juicy, though:lol:

Can't believe you seriously thought of letting your daughter take it to uni......:rolleyes:
 

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You're using it during the winter? :eek:

Isn't it going to melt, as soon as any salt touches it??? :eek:

It's a pity to put it through that... it's too lush! Can't you get a cheapo and FWD hatchback just for the snow and ice season?

It'll use 10% of the fuel too... :D



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You're using it during the winter? :eek:

Isn't it going to melt, as soon as any salt touches it??? :eek:

It's a pity to put it through that... it's too lush! Can't you get a cheapo and FWD hatchback just for the snow and ice season?

It'll use 10% of the fuel too... :D



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We're up to 6 cars in the house now, that's enough between 4 (especially when one is away most of the time). Got a new Corsa that we use when daughter isn't using it and an old estate (dog carrying duties) so I'll be sympathetic and keep it out of salt as much as possible by using them. I'll be selling it in Spring to fund work on the Giulia GT.
 
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