Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I've been driving in my car, it's not quite a Jaguar.




In a fit of madness I bought one of these years ago. It was eight years old, and although a bit tatty at the edges, was drop dead gorgeous. I’m not normally that bothered about cars, but this was different.

It was fast, sublimely comfortable, and drank petrol like a dipsomaniac. I think the best I ever managed was 16mpg. It didn’t take me long to realise my folly in buying a car with a V12 engine assembled by communists in Birmingham. Bits of trim dropped off, the bottom of the doors rusted as I watched, and the exhaust collapsed. Sadly it had to go; the scrap yard owner offering me the princely sum of £25 to divest myself of my beauty.

No subsequent XJ Jaguars have come close to the beauty of the Series 3; their desirability further sullied by fat (ex) controller ‘Two Jags’ Prescott. I don’t want one of the new ones; they just don’t possess the magic of their forebear.

I am, however, tempted by one of these. Expensive they may be, but at least they won’t fall to bits if someone breathes on them.

At a minimum £28K for one I think I’ll be dreaming for a while. If anyone wants to contribute the contents of their piggy bank I won’t refuse.

10 comments:

pissoff said...

Don't buy one of those it's defective - the steering wheels on the wrong side. Then again, you could probably get it cheaper because of that.

garfer said...

It would beat a pick up any day.

We can't drive pick ups over here. Kids would pinch stuff out of the back.

Convict said...

*shudders* contribution, piggy and bank should never be used in one sentence.

Nice to see an environmentally friendly LPG conversion in the list of options.

Gentleman-hobbs said...

Do those things come with balaclavas and shooters as standard or do I just live in a city and know the wrong people. and Tunnocks are the pupies testies!

First Nations said...

get a harley. and fix your air conditioning.
(jags are soooooooo sweeeeeeeeeet..)

Rowan said...

nice!
but I don't have any contents in my piggy bank to share :(

garfer said...

Check down the back of the sofa, I'm sure you'll find something.

Pamela said...

My in-laws have two jags. One has electrical quirks to drive you insane. As you're driving, the steering column goes up and down continuously. It's only stopped by opening the glove box. Very odd.

They also say you need to keep a box of money on hand to fix up a jag. Very expensive.

MHN for short said...

Tres jolie! Do they run any bnetter thanthey used to or are they still a tinkerors car?

MHN for short said...

Soz Garfer, bad typing tonight...