By Grey the Floydian Sergal
A little back story, a couple of weeks after I sent my Talbot Alpine (Annie) away for engine rebuild in November 2019, I was working the delivery vans for my job at Euro Car Parts when I was sent to do a drop at a unit in St Georges, Telford. When I walked in, I saw a car shape under a load of blankets in the corner of the workshop, I saw the tailpipes & asked "Is that an old Jag?". He confirmed my suspicions & pulled off the blankets, telling me "Indeed it is, it's an XJ40 4.0 Sovereign. I bought it after converting it to LPG & it's been the run-a-round for my wife & I until 2016. It's yours for £600 if you want it".
To say I was tempted is an understatement. The XJ40 is my favourite Jaguar & when I first saw the Morocco red paintwork & heard that the car had LPG, I pretty much bit his hand off. So a deal was made & I gradually paid off the £600 over several months while he made sure that the car was in fine fettle, servicing the whole LPG system for me at no extra cost. All I needed was a new alternator (for £92) & I bought a battery from work with my delicious staff discount.
In May, I found that some local garages were still doing MOTs during lockdown so I got her booked & bought a set of part-worn dunlops (£80 in all).
Imagine my delight when she passed with only one advisory, a number plate bulb which fixed itself in a week!
So now Judith's a little more polished up & I'm super happy with her. She's the cheapest car I've ever had to insure & she's so capable, very comfortable & surprisingly agile in the bends though the low-speed ride is nowhere as good as the Alpine. With the LPG too, she's super cheap to run & £20 of petrol (she still has her petrol tank as you need it to warm the car up & keep her going when the gas runs out) can last her about three weeks.
The previous owner also rebuilt the top of the engine with new timing chains & sprockets when she was at 120,000 miles (now on 173400), as the LPG was installed at 80,000, he was pleasantly surprised to find that it didn't need much decoking, one benefit of LPG
A good car all round but there are a few issues. A tailpipe fell off while enroute for the MOT, there's a small blow on the O/S exhaust, the headlining is just starting to sag, the auto-dipping rear view mirror doesn't work, the paint has reacted on the roof, bonnet & boot & the aircon pump is seized. Otherwise a great car with a tidy interior with an even tidier underbelly.
So, that's Judith, my £600 Jaguar Sovereign 4.0, what do you guys reckon or is the shite not strong with this one?