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Old 02-13-2011, 03:46 AM   #46
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I was looking at XJ6s in the classifieds recently. Damn they are cheap. It's so easy to tell yourself that this would make sense as a daily driver...

€5000 for a decent series II, a bit more to make it run well and you're all set... or not!

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Old 06-09-2012, 11:34 AM   #47
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I thought I'd dust this off with a couple pics. Did you ever get the car?

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Old 06-09-2012, 05:49 PM   #48
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Since childhood bikes were my main thing, however growing up i lusted for an E type jaguar. With minimal funds i bought a 62 3.8 model back in '78. Had a healthy engine, the rest was a recently re-sprayed assembly of rust, welded up bits of chassis, every piece of rubber bushing or seal perished and leaking......... you get my drift. In reality it was a massive project beyond my scope of abilities or finances. Sold it at a loss. Later on i had three xj6 sedans all bought on the cheap, you think i'd have learned!!!!!
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:44 PM   #49
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Had two e types

Back in the mid 1970s e types were about 1500 used for 6's 2500 for v 12's . These were not cheap cars new. I had two over a seven month time span. I cou
D not afford to keep them . They have crap electrics until you go through them..then they are fine. Use dielectric grease on the fittings. They drank ol like a whore uses cheap perfume. Until you nstall Teflon valve guide seal. Then that stops.....for the most part.

The sixes were the most well balanced cars ever.....including the sweet mark two . The real bitch is clutch replacement. Back in the day it was a fourth our job with five hundred in parts. Or basically 1100 at a dealer. 900 at the shop I worked. I was a kid working my way through college at five per hour plus one third labor rates at a local independent shop in SoCal . I bought these a 67 and a 68 both sixes both needing clutches. The whole damned front he and engine have to come out. But put n a Barnett clutch and you never do it again. Fuel mileage. 16 to 18 mpg.. With 3 carbs.the trick to those is kept the oil topped. Modern fuel suck on thes motors....hardened seats are required.

The 4.2 is a nice motor. Easy to get parts. Built basically forever.

The great part of thes cars is you can drive the snot out of them. They are a wrenches dream. They need fiddling but if you have the time..they respond well to tlc. Biggest grips......well once you go through the wiring and ignition..carbs ....fuel system.....and get everything working then just polish drive and enjoy. ..the brakes work well but require a leg. The foot well is small. The coupes are nightmares to get in and out of. The converts are a snap. Step in sit down buckle

Get the bitch now.. Fix it drive it.woow is a 3200 lb sex object.

If you want a reliable sports car buy a miata......A new one is about a quick as this jag but not on the top end. It will hadle better but you will get no attention. For what this will cost bringing it up to snuf is about what a nicely options Miata will run. You will be another chump in a chick car in the Mikita but a supremely desired person in the jag.

Also in a jag you have the excuse of being a cad all the time ...why????? Because you drive a ..JAGGGGGG
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:38 AM   #50
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I knew someone in the UK in the late 1980s that had two XKEs - "One is always in the shop, I just trade them out." It will take lots of time and a bunch of money or lots of money and bunch time - for various definitions of lots and bunch. Realize this isn't something you can expect to take care of itself even when "finished" - the 5 hours a month just to keep it up estimate sounds reasonable.

Here's one over on Pelican Parts: $5k + $30k in parts done over I'm assuming a big # of years. The thread seems to cover a lot of the same comments here:

Would I do it again? Hell No!!! I enjoyed the process but never again. Now I have a bunch of old Kawasaki H1 triples I'm fixing up. Easier on the pocketbook.

If you like reading, buy the Peter Egan books since his writing is amusing to read and he talks about his experiences with his XKE a bit.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:03 AM   #51
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Originally Posted by troidus View Post
Back in the late 70s I had an antique 9th-grade algebra teacher who liked to tell stories. A brief one was about a bumper sticker on a Jag that said, "But when it runs..."
Had an English roomie who repaired Brit cars on the side. We always had interesting cars in the driveway. Lotus Esprit turbo, Jag XK150, Jag saloon car, etc. Favorite was the XKE in British Racing Green, with the 6 cyl. Pulled like a train. But the best part was the bumper sticker- "All the parts falling off this car are of the finest British craftsmanship" and the personalized plate- "E P S". So I ask about the plate as I don't get it. Stood for "English Phallic Symbol".
Posting all the bikes you have or have owned in this spot is stupid.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:55 PM   #52
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Originally Posted by S2P View Post
I thought I'd dust this off with a couple pics. Did you ever get the car?

The e-types are works of art. Back in the 60s my Dad was the president of the Ontario Sports Car Club and one of the guys had a black e-type - gorgeous. Dad had an Austin-Healey 3000. They used to race them at Mossport.
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:30 AM   #53
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I remember when they first came out in 1961, I was a sophomore in HS and made a trip to the dealer in Queens to look at one. I'd seen pictures in the magazines, but still wasn't prepared for how gorgeous they were.

I test drove a used one years later when I was a college student. Beautiful roadster, red with tan interior, guy wanted $1500 for it. I talked to my uncle who had a Mk VII sedan, the one that looks looks a Rolls, and he told me the problems to look for. Low oil pressure, and a loose front end. He said if the car had either one, I couldn't afford to maintain it. Unfortunately, this car had both. I wound up buying a used MB 190SL. Sadly, a lot of people who couldn't afford to maintain them did buy them, and ran them into the ground.

I still get great pleasure seeing an E Type. Let's face it, how many 50+ year old designs still look this modern, and this good? Timeless design, certainly as good, or better, than the Ferraris, at a price that, with a little stretching, the average man could aspire to.

Good luck with yours!
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:06 AM   #54
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Riding and driving around in rural Northern California in the last few days, I've seen one of these for sale...

XJS Coupe

and two of these....

All maroon, and at least two of them appeared to be non-working and parked for quite awhile.
It's only a scratch.

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Old 06-14-2012, 10:14 AM   #55
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I oned an XJ6 for a while and LOVED the was so nice....and it was the body style pictured above.

If I could find a perfect one I would buy it again.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:19 AM   #56
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.....And best of all, the wiring and electrical bits are from "the prince of darkness" aka Lucas.
Not to worry you can get this on fleabay...

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Old 06-18-2012, 09:50 PM   #57
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This thing belongs to a friend of mine

Kind of pretty to look at. Very difficult to get into and sit in, very uncomfortable and archaic feeling. By the time I get the door closed I just want out.

I understand the investment value due to the irrational emotions of some, but gawd what an awful thing to try and use.

At least you get shitty electrics to deal with!

Am I the only one that greatly prefers the coupe to the convertible? That is one of my all time favorite cars to look at. Sheer beauty.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:50 PM   #58
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Am I the only one that greatly prefers the coupe to the convertible? That is one of my all time favorite cars to look at. Sheer beauty.
No, I think they are better too.
I once saw in a magazine an E-type advertised for sale, and it was all spec'd up to go racing...

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Old 06-19-2012, 06:14 AM   #59
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am i the only one that greatly prefers the coupe to the convertible? That is one of my all time favorite cars to look at. Sheer beauty.

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Old 06-19-2012, 09:21 AM   #60
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I'm still kicking myself from when you could buy them all day long for $5k. 30 years ago.
Same story here. Back then they were considered dogs that wouldn't run without lots of care. But then I coulda done that easy.
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