1st June 2014
Last month the car tested was about pure grunt, muscle and power. From one extreme to another, this month’s car is about refinement, comfort, leisure and ease of driving.
This classic shape of Jaguar is a real pussy cat but it will shift when required. When you start this V12 engine it sounds like nothing else it is so quiet you can hardly hear it run. The drive is so smooth and direct it hardly seems like a sport car at all, until you put your foot on the accelerator and the thrust from the V12 is enormous. So it goes well and stops even better with brakes that are reassuringly more than adequate. The performance of this car is just magnificent and at the same time the comfort is incredible.
The interior is in walnut and leather with a substantial 2+2 capacity. The real benefit is, of all things on a sports car, the boot. Golfers, anglers and even cyclists will relish this huge cavernous trunk, big enough to compete with just about any modern car on the market.
So there you have it. Would you buy a new very ordinary car for £6k that will depreciate to nothing very quickly or would you want to ARRIVE and be seen in this most comfortable of British iconic marques, that kept in good condition could possibly increase in value over the years to come?
If like me you only do a limited amount of mileage per year, a classic like this is economic to insure and maintain, and has little, if any, depreciation. Why wait? You are a long time dead.
This particular hard top coupe has recorded only 52736 miles from new. It was first registered in 1989. The engine is a V12 5.3 litre petrol with automatic gearbox.
It has a full service history, auto climate control, heated leather seats, power locks, mirrors and windows. The body is in metallic blue and the interior is grey leather enhanced with walnut trim, immaculate cross spoke alloy wheels; a really great example, all for £5,995.