Don’t believe everything you see. I was only pretending to give this MkII Morris 1100 a ‘damned good thrashing’ similar to the one Basil Fawlty gave his Austin Countryman after it refused to start during the hilarious Gourmet Night episode of Fawlty
Towers. Unlike Basil’s tired looking 1100 estate, the recently restored one family owned example we’re featuring in this issue sprang into life at the first turn of the key and provided a very enjoyable afternoon’s drive.
We’ve probably more than doubled the price of our latest long term project after finally sorting out the issue with the X-Type’s permanently illuminated engine management light. Solving this problem has been a steep learning curve for yours truly and after chatting to the guys at the local garage who sorted the job out, I’ve increased my knowledge of engine management systems and the relevant sensors controlling our Jaguar’s V6 powerplant ten fold. However, having to remove the inlet manifold and drain the radiator to replace the three spark plugs in the rear bank of cylinders shows why the cost of servicing and repairing modern cars has gone through the roof.
The Jaguar continues to court controversy, although I was delighted to receive a lot of positive comments about our new acquisition when I took it to a recent evening gathering at a nearly watering hole. I think my colleague Paul hit it on the head last month when he claimed in his editorial how the cars that will be appreciated in the future will be those that provoked the strongest opinions when new. So with that in mind I have high hopes that our cheap as chips all-wheel-drive Jaguar will one day achieve the classic status it deserves.
An old friend in the shape of Classic Car Buyer’s Triumph 1300 joins our long term fleet this month for the next few issues and I have fond memories of piloting this rare survivor around Wales during one of Ian Glass’s very enjoyable Country Lane Tours. I can thoroughly recommend taking part in an organised tour like the ones Ian provides. Not only are there always an interesting selection of cars on these events – extended tours like these can be great fun for owners too!