Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -


Steve is a fan of Jaguars and cur­rently owns four, one of which is an XJ40: ‘It’s a 1990 2.9-litre Sovereign, which is quite rare, and I bought it back in May 1999. It was a spur-ofthe-mo­ment pur­chase – I spotted it at a lo­cal dealer and reck­oned it of­fered a lot of car for the money. It had done 84,000 miles, had a full Jaguar ser­vice his­tory, and was for sale for less than £5000. Ad­mit­tedly, I’ve spent quite a lot of money on it since but then I’m a firm be­liever in preven­tion be­ing bet­ter than cure!

‘I had the front sub­frame pow­der-coated, over­hauled the brakes and sus­pen­sion, and at­tended to some mi­nor cos­met­ics. I was us­ing it as an ev­ery­day car at the time, so it was worth do­ing, and al­though it only gets oc­ca­sional use now, I’ve been im­pressed by the re­li­a­bil­ity. XJs get a bad press, but mine has never let me down and has only needed to have a cen­tral lock­ing so­le­noid and the air­con com­pres­sor re­placed. That’s pretty good go­ing for a 25-year-old car, I think.’

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