Broadsword's Jaguar obsession continues. Long story short, I somehow have ended up with two Jaguar XJR6s.
Now for the long story. I had always been looking for the odd XJR6 popping up. I just think they are tremendous. Most are well out of my price range until a red one turned up. It wasn't cheap but I pushed slightly, got a little off due to the short MOT then it was a trip to Sudbury to pick it up a few weeks ago. I was quite pleased when I got to it, a little scruffy in places but ran, drove and had an excellent MOT history, and loads of paperwork. It also did well on the drive home. To avoid confusion with the other XJR6 you will see later, lets call this one ELA.
It had a month's ticket and I went for an MOT very soon, expecting it to fail. It did on front brakes, rear subframe bushes (bugger) and a bit of welding. Welding no problem for the guy at the MOT place (he did a good job too), brakes I put in new front discs and pads and cleaned up everything (old discs and pads were toast). The rear subframe bushes were stressy. Cheap parts but very difficult job. I managed to persuade a local mechanic to do that. It took a little while to do, but got there and soon it had a fresh MOT. Success. What a car by the way. Job done, got the hard to source car I had obsessed about.
Cue a few days ago. Another XJR6 turns up very close to me... for £999. Got a message in very quickly, but apparently someone got a message in first and had first refusal. I reasoned at that price it was guaranteed to go immediately and that I had no chance. I kept in touch with the seller though, juuuuust in case. Amazingly the first person was a no show and then it was my turn, so I arranged to look at the car. I thought it was too good to be true and was a little suspicious. Why? Because of this:
So this is the car I bought yesterday. It apparently was on sale on Pistonheads and had gained considerable interest over there in September. Now it was back a few months later with the same pictures and same description on Gumtree. Everyone on Pistonheads had the impression it sold very quickly. So I thought the overall situation with the Gumtree ad was strange, but if I could see it in person, that is a different matter. I was close by so not much effort involved.
I did indeed get to see the car, it was outside the same house as seen in the pictures on Pistonheads. This was all legit and genuine, just the seller was not particularly bothered and the original sale didn't happen for any particular reason. Now it is a shed, no doubt about it, but it had a new MOT in the summer (new rear wheel bearings fitted!). The real problem despite being cosmetically damaged is that it has been standing and this has got to it. The throttle is sticking and it has a wicked misfire. It was a little frighting, but the engine itself is sound, as is the drivetrain. Two keys, book pack, service stamps, receipts etc all included. Not bad. At £999 you could sell it on for spares even if it didn't run of drive. I offered £700 and the deal was done. I don't think anyone will ever get a running XJR6 cheaper than that.
I quickly changed owners online and then tried to tax it. At that point I realized it was classed disabled tax. Puzzling. Went back home and said I would collect the next day. The tax class was easily changed at the Post Office, no worries. My insurer wasn't impressed with the value of the car though. I think they are fed up with me changing cars too often so I went with a different company.
Went to collect the turquoise shed this morning with tax and insurance sorted. It was an intimidating drive back with the throttle issue (manageable), but the misfire is bad and I struggled to get up some hills. At idle it is fine and it won't stall, but it throws a hissy under load. It also cranks slow and the parking switch on the gear selector is a little fiddly. This all happened recently after it was sitting a while. XJ death syndrome I call it. It would keep a steady speed ok, but applying load was a problem. I got home though, a result in itself for this money. I just changed the spark plugs, they were pretty sooty. Will sort out sticking throttle then chase the misfire further.
So now, being as irresponsibly wandered into having to XJR6 Jags. Obviously one has to go, ELA is a good sound car, just slightly scruffy and has had important work done. Thing is I love colour of the turquoise shed. I'm confident the running issues can be sorted.