My Bucket List car.

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My Bucket List car.

Post by GrahamS » Wed Jun 22, 2022 10:38 am

This has been on my bucket list for a while now, so, life being as short as it is, when this one became available, I made it mine. It's the last of the real Jaguar XJ's, made in 2003, the model designation is X350. There was a facelift in 2007 (X358) with production ending in 2009. The body shell is entirely bonded aluminium with cast aluminium suspension wishbones and magnesium cross members. Power gets to the road from a 3.5L V8 naturally aspirated engine via a 6-speed ZF auto gearbox. It has adaptive air suspension. A long wheelbase version was available (5,214.6 mm or 205.3 in.) It has double-layer glass and is almost totally silent on the road. You can read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_XJ_(X350)

Back in 1985 I owned a Jaguar XJ6 1978 series II variant. That car spoiled me forever, and I swore to replace it. Now I have.
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Re: My Bucket List car.

Post by jamesmck » Wed Jun 22, 2022 2:07 pm

Beautiful, Graham!
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Post by Julio1fer » Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:55 pm

What a beauty! Congratulations!

When young I dreamed of a 3.8 MK2.

A coworker back in 1976 drove a 1950 Mark V (?) painted British green, fully restored by himself. I was blown out to learn that an oil change meant about 5 gallons. But also a beautiful car, smooth as silk.

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Post by GrahamS » Thu Jun 23, 2022 4:43 am

Julio1fer wrote:
Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:55 pm
What a beauty! Congratulations!

When young I dreamed of a 3.8 MK2.

A coworker back in 1976 drove a 1950 Mark V (?) painted British green, fully restored by himself. I was blown out to learn that an oil change meant about 5 gallons. But also a beautiful car, smooth as silk.
Julio, yes that would have been a Mk V. I don't know about the oil capacity, but it was one of the first cars with torsion bar suspension.
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Post by alexvaras » Thu Jun 23, 2022 5:20 am

Graham, I know it might be late but… could you please adopt me?? :)

Congrats, such a beauty.

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Post by GrahamS » Thu Jun 23, 2022 10:49 am

alexvaras wrote:
Thu Jun 23, 2022 5:20 am
Graham, I know it might be late but… could you please adopt me?? :)

Congrats, such a beauty.
It would be an honour, Alex.
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Post by PFMcFarland » Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:24 pm

A wonderful bucket list item to have, Graham. Congrats on your dream car! I bought my bucket list car many years ago, a 1973 Ford LTD. It was because my grandfather owned one, and I always wanted to get one like it. Well, they weren't really as finely built as a Jaguar (meant more for the masses, than the discerning driver). Purchased for a wholesale price of $300 as it had an auxiliary fuel tank installed in the trunk that leaked. It was a lovely color of green inside and out and handled like a boat. I drove it until I finally got worried about the possible explosion that would occur if the aux tank ever got hit in a crash. Here is an example of one:
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Post by GrahamS » Fri Jun 24, 2022 3:45 am

PFMcFarland wrote:
Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:24 pm
A wonderful bucket list item to have, Graham. Congrats on your dream car! I bought my bucket list car many years ago, a 1973 Ford LTD. It was because my grandfather owned one, and I always wanted to get one like it. Well, they weren't really as finely built as a Jaguar (meant more for the masses, than the discerning driver). Purchased for a wholesale price of $300 as it had an auxiliary fuel tank installed in the trunk that leaked. It was a lovely color of green inside and out and handled like a boat. I drove it until I finally got worried about the possible explosion that would occur if the aux tank ever got hit in a crash. Here is an example of one:

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Post by Bennybee » Fri Jun 24, 2022 5:32 am

Very classy, Graham. Congratulations and have lots of fun with it.
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Post by GrahamS » Fri Jun 24, 2022 5:59 am

Bennybee wrote:
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Very classy, Graham. Congratulations and have lots of fun with it.
Thank you, Benny.
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