Henry: a very good point indeed. The situation is worse than you say: the
oldest Series III is actually 23 years old! (1979: or is this a bit like the
controversy over the millenium date?). The youngest (my 92 V12) is now 10
years old. Series I cars are ancient in relative terms, the oldest being now
38 years old. That is a working lifetime; you would have to find some fellow
who was apprenticing in 1968/69 in order to have first hand information.
So let’s get serious about this and continue to gather information about
authenticity (we know a lot about US/Canadian/UK market cars, and very
little about Australian/NZ/South African/others). We can all help in this.
Gregory----- Original Message -----
From: “H. Fok (XJ List Account 2)” firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2002 10:42 PM
Subject: Quirks, history, questions, includes: Re: [xj] Engine no. vs. model
year SerIII 4.2
: >Dr Gregory and All,
: >The following questions may be a challenge/puzzle for the experts on the
: Do you have or can you get pictures of these markings? Not that I
: doubt you, but I’d like to get something I can show around and/or
: forward to the appropriate sources for information.
: To anyone else lurking out there with odd questions like this; now is
: a really good time to get questions like this cleared up. As of
: now, the oldest Series III car is 22 years old. People who worked on
: them, designed them, built them, etc., are starting to hit retirement
: age. Their memories aren’t getting any clearer, and they certainly
: aren’t getting more numerous.
: We need to get as much info about these cars and their oddities as
: possible before it’s too late. We’ve got a rather limited window of
: opportunity (even with the JDHT involved) to get our questions
: answered; if you have any questions about the car that puzzles
: everyone you’ve asked, and the answers aren’t on the site, NOW is a
: really good time to get people looking into the answer.
: What prompted this was my recent bit of research for Doug. Something
: I hadn’t thought about until just now was that there were only one or
: two people at each of those dealerships who could have known the
: answers to our question on a firsthand, rather than academic, basis.
: Of those, one is retiring next week, another is nearing retirement.
: You get the picture - and it’s not pretty for those who are
: interested in the cars and their history. Thorley’s book is fine, as
: far as it goes, but he does tend to neglect many of the unique and
: often strange variations produced for other markets. IMHO, it’s not
: quite as definitive as it would like to be (and I’m no expert!) I
: think there’s more info out there, and now would be a really good
: time to get that knowledge, before it’s lost.
: Something to think about as we enter the new year.
: Henry Fok
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