CHECK THE ROOF

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

Tempted by the con­vert­ible? En­sure the hood is un­dam­aged and op­er­ates smoothly – spe­cial­ist re­place­ments are £500, Jaguar orig­i­nals a few thou­sand. Re­new­ing the hy­draulic fluid ev­ery six years pre­vents it con­geal­ing and caus­ing block­ages; if the pipes feed­ing the lock­ing mech­a­nism at the header rail leak half the in­te­rior needs re­moval and you’ll face a hefty labour bill…

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