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Old 02-07-2011, 09:59 AM   #16
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Snorked by a Honda Odyssey. I have to admit - the lines on an XKE are not of this world.
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:22 AM   #17
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Make a hearse out of it.

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Old 02-07-2011, 01:07 PM   #18
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I'm still kicking myself from when you could buy them all day long for $5k. 30 years ago.
I bought a '65 Coupe, $3600, in '83. Just had $4K in work done at the Monterey Jag dealer, which the PO didn't pay for. Turns out there's a law in Cali that a repair dealer has to call the Lienholder (BANK) for any repairs over $500, which they didn't do. So the PO got a letter from BofA, that they never were contacted about the $4K bill.

He goes with a friend, to the Jag dealer, said the friend wanted to test drive it before buying it. Dealer let them go. When they didn't come back in 1/2 hour, he called the cops.

Cops stop them outside Salinas, PO shows the letter to the cop, he calls in, walks back to the Jag and hands them the letter and says goodbye.

Dealer ate the $4K.
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Old 02-07-2011, 03:06 PM   #19
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XKE's

Neat cars, pricey to maintain, and pricey to fix if the previous owner has not kept up on it. The rubber bits in the suspension are all high maintenance although I am quite sure there is an aftermarket for pieces since the street rodders like the Jag independent rear ends.

Not a car for the faint of pocket or faint of heart.

All of the parts, etc are specialty stuff....

Like owning a Laverda, MV, etc.

And best of all, the wiring and electrical bits are from "the prince of darkness" aka Lucas.

As the owner of a 1968 Barracuda, they are labors of love. If you cannot do the work (lots of it) yourself it will not pay off as an investment - my experience and I don't care, love driving it.
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:35 PM   #20
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Gonna buy it

Called my cousin earlier today and told her I'd take it. The car's been in my family since it was new. I'm a competent hand and am not particulary afraid of Lucas, having kept two old Triumphs and an Austin on the road. I'm not buying it to make a profit, but to tinker with and enjoy on sunny weekends. Looks like shipping (enclosed carrier) is going to be about $1650. I'll have to finish the 67 VW Bug I'm working on sooner than I planned.
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:44 PM   #21
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I was a service manager for a Jaguar dealership in 1969. Back then they were good cars. Now, you better be committed. Time and MONEY.
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:58 PM   #22
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:31 PM   #23
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Called my cousin earlier today and told her I'd take it. The car's been in my family since it was new. I'm a competent hand and am not particulary afraid of Lucas, having kept two old Triumphs and an Austin on the road. I'm not buying it to make a profit, but to tinker with and enjoy on sunny weekends. Looks like shipping (enclosed carrier) is going to be about $1650. I'll have to finish the 67 VW Bug I'm working on sooner than I planned.
I am so glad to hear you are familiar with british cars. I used to rebuild MG's and Triumphs for fun, loved it. I think your going to have a lot of fun with this Jaguar.
Please post pics when you can!
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:39 PM   #24
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:55 AM   #25
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I'm still kicking myself from when you could buy them all day long for $5k. 30 years ago.
My friggin' high school shop teacher had one. A pre '68, I believe, as I don't remember it having any side markers. IMO one of the most beautiful reasonalby-available road cars ever. I think they were running around $6-7k new back then. But then, a BMW 2002 or a 240z could be had for less than 1/2 of that, and minimum wage was what, a buck?
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:25 AM   #26
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1969-70 In the showroom at $6700 including the removable hardtop.
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:08 PM   #27
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I think you'll be happy you got it at that price. Seems unbeatable even if you decide to turn it later...I would think a nice driver would run at least 35K.
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:54 PM   #28
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I once owned a 74 XKE with the V-12, gawd I was glad to see that car go away. It burned to the ground about 2 years after I sold it.
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:03 PM   #29
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Seems like someone back in the day could have made a nice living selling good wiring harnesses for those.
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:15 PM   #30
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Buy it and go get it.

Think about it some more and if you decide against it, sell it and still make money.

Yeah, they are beautiful cars.
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