[concours] Update from Wayne

Dear All:

THANK YOU for the tremendous amount of love and concern I have received
via email messages from people all over the world! It is very much
appreciated. The Internet is a wonderful thing–that’s what my company
was/is, abou–the net and web site hosting. Recent events have proven
its value in today’s society. etc. etc.

I apologize I could not write all back individually but to date I’d
estimate about 85+ individual messages of encouragement. It is also
surprising how many of you/us have also faced great personal or
professional adversities in our lives and thank you again for sharing
your experiences with me. ALL of them have helped me very much. I’m in
a much better state of mind from last Tuesday!

A couple of updates. Although our IPO had fallen flat, we have (through
the magic of accounting) been able to put my corporation in a state of
‘hibernation’, so if things change in the future, I’ll be ready (I’m not
holding much to this, but it is better than flushing the whole thing).
Next, I am still looking for a buyer of the VDP. I was asking $7,200
but no takers. Any offers? Last, due to the help of a friend that I
will keep anonymous, he will be “buying” and keeping my XJ-S until I
can get back on my feet. My web site may be down for a while, but I
plan on keeping it up just as is (no mention of circumstances) and I
will be adding to it over time. This will be my surrogate love affair
with all things Jaguar and British while I’m out driving something else
(I wonder what?? See P.S.)

Towards the end of the month I’ll be dropping off the list to relocate
(where??) but hope to rejoin all but the modern list in November
sometime. In the mean time, between personal and other things, I’m
monitoring the lists and hope to contribute.

Sincerely,

Wayne Estrada
Richmond, Virginia
USA
For now, they are…
1989 XJ-S Convertible (Dorchester Grey)
1989 Vanden Plas Sedan (Alpine Green)
See My Cars at:
http://www.U3Training.com/jaguar

P.S. If there were no Jaguars in the world, what would you drive? I
like the Audis, Cadillac STS, but especially the new Infiniti Q45. On
the lower end, Toyota Celica, most Hondas, Mercury Cougar and Sable
(USA), Mustang, and Chrysler Concorde. How about you? Of course Aston
Martins, Bentley, Ferraris, Porsche et. all are always great, but I am
counting pennies (for the moment :wink:

Wayne,

I don’t think you are going to find anything better to drive than
the 1989 VDP you already have.

The book value on those cars is incredibly low, and you get
a lot of car for the money.

If you shop around, you can get a good XJ6 from 1988
to 1993 for $2000 to $6000.00.

If you do your own work and mail order parts, there are not
many cars that you can keep running for less, except
things you would not want to be seen in…

They wont be perfect, but most will respond well to slow steady
improvements over time as cash becomes available.

There is no reason not to own a Jaguar if you do your own work.
Even if you only have $4000.00 for a car, careful shopping around
will turn up a good XJ6.

With any other car, no matter what type or brand, if you
take it someplace for repair and service, its going to cost
more than the Jaguar costs to fix yourself.

My personal favorite cheap alternatives are cars like the
older buick regal or le sabre, olds Intrigue (new and relatively expensive)
or for the dirt cheap car, anything in good shape selling for
under $3000.00 like ford taurus, chevy lumina, etc.

I cant say I would rather drive any of the cars you mention below
more than some Jaguar…

Rather than spend the kind of money a blah Q45 calls for, I would get
a 1994 XJ6 for $14,000 and spend the considerable difference
making it perfect and a few vacations in it…

On the cars listed below, you are going to pay a lot for a good
one (STS, Q45, audi) or they are going to be junk (the others).

The real book value of a 1989 XJ6 is about or under $3000.00.
Just look around at what you get for that kind of money…

I could not get even $3000.00 as a trade in on my 1990
XJ6 that is in very good shape.
I could sell it for more privately, to someone who can appreciate
the work I have done to it, but that would be over book value…

Brett
1990 XJ6> P.S. If there were no Jaguars in the world, what would you drive? I

like the Audis, Cadillac STS, but especially the new
Infiniti Q45. On
the lower end, Toyota Celica, most Hondas, Mercury Cougar and Sable
(USA), Mustang, and Chrysler Concorde. How about you? Of
course Aston
Martins, Bentley, Ferraris, Porsche et. all are always great, but I am
counting pennies (for the moment :wink: