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Although I did have a Jaguar XJ, for a whole month after which it was returned to the dealer. Great to ride, very comfortable, plush seats and upholstery but it had a habit of DAILY maintenance. Pretty fuel efficient as it was stationary most of the time due to repairs. Might have a look at the Tata Jags as they are reported to be better built and the XF sedan looks stunning.
post #5522 of 7351
I would take an XK, E-Type or F-Type in a heartbeat, but I've never really liked the XJ cars.
post #5523 of 7351
The new XJ looks and goes pretty well, just touch too big for self driving.
With the Jaguars, don't buy a new one, just pick up something slightly used or an executive driven company car to save a big chunk. Do it billybob, won't get a second chance.
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The old XJ was always pretty outdated, but the last couple years of production it actually looked pretty handsome because my eyes were used to retro-modernism in the form of the T-Bird, Mustang, etc. The XF is a great midlevel executive car, but I feel like the current XJ just looks like a blown-up XF.

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Ah, it's warm(ish) here in Fla, at least better than back home. cool.gif Also we have the database and car search tools operational via VPN now, and I can bring up all car sale, offers, and previous auction data, by model/year and VIN (which links to Carfax, VIN Decoder, VINcheck, Haggerty, and others). I have to speak the numbers to get them loaded in, just taking a picture of them would be perfect, but I was told that's a whole `nother layer of complexity and will have to wait for a later revision, and the interface is a little clunky/generic. But that's just nit-picking, having all that on a tablet is huge, and the 4G access here is impressive, 40Mb down/8Mb up.

BB, I'd go shop an older Jag, an XJS convertible in good condition would be perfect, and they're relatively dirt cheap @$5k-8k but still nice (and fun) enough to be a cool weekend cruiser. You only go around once. biggrin.gif


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Was there a V12 XJS Convertible Magick?

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Ah, it's warm(ish) here in Fla, at least better than back home. cool.gif Also we have the database and car search tools operational via VPN now, and I can bring up all car sale, offers, and previous auction data, by model/year and VIN (which links to Carfax, VIN Decoder, VINcheck, Haggerty, and others). I have to speak the numbers to get them loaded in, just taking a picture of them would be perfect, but I was told that's a whole `nother layer of complexity and will have to wait for a later revision, and the interface is a little clunky/generic. But that's just nit-picking, having all that on a tablet is huge, and the 4G access here is impressive, 40Mb down/8Mb up.

BB, I'd go shop an older Jag, an XJS convertible in good condition would be perfect, and they're relatively dirt cheap @$5k-8k but still nice (and fun) enough to be a cool weekend cruiser. You only go around once. biggrin.gif



That they are, and if you can find the standard version, better yet.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/16/car-thieves-stick-shift-foiled-massachusetts_n_4609801.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news

 

Too funny. I haven't driven a stick in perhaps ten years, so I wouldn't be smooth at first, but I could at least get in one and drive it away, unlike those idiots....lol.

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My little girl's been fussy all day, she wants to run around all over the place and meet people, but of course she doesn't understand that's not always a good idea. I'm not sure how she became a people person, but she is. I did walk her around (tethered) so she could say "hi" to practically everyone, Dana Mecum even picked her up for a minute and she hugged him. Awww. redface.gif He's a really good person. Anyhow, later on she was crying because I wouldn't let her run off to go play with some man's service dog (a huge German shepherd mutant) when this strange old guy walks up:

him: "What a beautiful little girl."
wife: "Thank you."
him: "How old is she?"
wife: "22 months."
him: "Is she for sale?"
wife: (facetiously) "How much?"
him: *pause* $50,000? (said a little too seriously)
me: Oh, that's funny. But frankly, if anyone even looked at her the wrong way, I'd tear off their head and kick it down the aisle like a soccer ball.

He blinked, then left hurriedly. Freaks. blink.gif People, remember to always keep a close eye on your kids.
Edited by Magick Man - 1/18/14 at 2:23pm
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Was there a V12 XJS Convertible Magick?

I saw a couple 6s, both were autos.
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Didn't think you were. Although I suspect that "broke" in your realm has a very different connotation than it does here.smily_headphones1.gif

I was just curious as to what market exactly that thing is appealing to. UberMuscle cars don't seem to do well in the ultra pricing bracket and it does not really qualify as an exotic so where is it positioned?

The devil truly is in the detail. Detailing is actually affordable value added. Done well, word spreads like wildfire and customers abound.

What passes for detailing in my area is a joke, it's not much more than a wash & wax with a quick once over of the interior with a vacuum. My guys have been closely studying professional methods and products concours winners use, then we offer different levels, but none are very basic, we pretty much start at "fanatical" and go up from there. If we can't actually revive the presentation of a car, at least by a grade or two, I don't want them doing it. It's not just eye candy for show cars either, first and foremost it's about preservation, so daily drivers can stay protected as well.

"Broke" is basically that. biggrin.gif I have (had) a budget and now it's essentially gone. I have available funds from the garage NPO, but that's for particular classic items to kind of help fill the core of the "collection". My wife has her money though, and she's shopping for her microcar stable. Which is great too, because there's quite a few up for auction and available from the private sellers down here (and they're as thick as fleas on a dog's backside).
Edited by Magick Man - 1/18/14 at 2:52pm
post #5532 of 7351
Too bad you didn't whip out your cell phone and take the sick b@stard's picture. That's the kind of guy that deserves his own Dateline special.
post #5533 of 7351
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What passes for detailing in my area is a joke, it's not much more than a wash & wax with a quick once over of the interior with a vacuum. My guys have been closely studying professional methods and products concours winners use, then we offer different levels, but none are very basic, we pretty much start at "fanatical" and go up from there. If we can't actually revive the presentation of a car, at least by a grade or two, I don't want them doing it. It's not just eye candy for show cars either, first and foremost it's about preservation, so daily drivers can stay protected as well.

"Broke" is basically that. biggrin.gif I have (had) a budget and now it's essentially gone. I have available funds from the garage NPO, but that's for particular classic items to kind of help fill the core of the "collection". My wife has her money though, and she's shopping for her microcar stable. Which is great too, because there's quite a few up for auction and available from the private sellers down here (and they're as thick as fleas on a dog's backside).


Creepy story about the guy and your daughter. You have to wonder if he's a genuine pervert or just gravely mentally ill. Either way thats almost reportable behaviour.

 

I think "detailing" is the same as you describe everywhere. I know a person who does it for a body shop and their goal is pretty much just to get the dust out and the paint clean. To actually go stem to stern polishing, eliminating grease build up and restoring to even showroom condition seems to fall into the "why would you wan't that?" category for most. I think part of it is lack of knowledge about what really wears and ages on the vehicle.

 

Microcars are a hoot and largely unappreciated in North America. Sort of a subculture thing up here. Fairly economical to purchase still, so who knows, she may be acquiring a veritable gold mine.

 I would be interested to know what the Isetta and the Susbaru fetch down there..

 

For those thread mongers who may be of tender years and not have had the pleasure of experiencing some of the smaller wonders of the automotive industry. Heres a link with a few of the more exotic among the breed.

 

http://heinkelscooter.blogspot.ca/2010/05/microcar-collection-at-whiteman-park.html

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Coming from a 14-year old, that Goggomobil Dart is freaking drool-worthy.

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Coming from a 14-year old, that Goggomobil Dart is freaking drool-worthy.


Isn't it though. Awesome pint sized sexiness:D

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