Well…I’m back…AGAIN. Seems like this Jag ownership thing gets in your blood and never goes away. I thought I was finally done when I sold off my 85 XJ6 (Montana barn find) to the Top Gear threesome so they could finish up filming the Telluride, CO episode a couple of years ago. I guess I should say “Grand Tour” these days since I see the BBC rebooted Top Gear with some new fellows although I haven’t watched it yet. It was amusing watching my XJ6 ski down the slopes with Richard Hammond at the wheel. Fortunately, it survived the “downhill” with minimal damage near as I could tell. Someone out in western Colorado owns it now and I hope they are enjoying it.
Having owned three Series III XJ6’s and two XJ-S cars I had pretty much had my fill of 1980’s Jaguar maintenance issues. So, I decided to muck about with old SAABs for a change of pace. Currently have a 1991 SAAB 900 Turbo Convertible which I have been enjoying. Alas, my wife has been making repeated comments of late on how she misses “Goldie”, our 1990 XJ-S Convertible. And then I made the mistake of setting up a Craigslist search just to see if something interesting came around. Less than a week later…up comes a black 1990 XJ-S Convertible at a good price, 77K miles, and only a 2 hour drive away. Yes, we bought it. As I was following my wife home I was looking at the car and thinking…damn, that sure is a beautiful car. It’s 30 years old but the design and styling is simply timeless.
So, here we go again. Time to get reacquainted with my old friend the V12. The car seems to be in quite good shape though, runs well, and appears to have been properly cared for. Originated in Denton, TX and three years later moved to Loveland, CO where it has spent the last 27 years cycling through a number of owners. At least one of which was a JagLovers member, as there were some printouts stuck in the included service manual ( a shout-out to you for taking good care of it if you are still on the List).
First order of business will be to replace the top as it is no longer weatherproof. This will be a new experience, hopefully not too painful.