I posted this morning about which colours are prefered. As
many guessed, I had a certain car in mind. This afternoon I
went to see it, and got a great lesson in ‘‘which jaguar NOT
Before going to bed last, keen for my test drive today, I
thumbed through the JWM issue with the ‘‘V12 saloon buyer’s
guid’’ and made a checklist.
Out of 50 questions, this car got 42 of them wrong.
The more obvious/amusing/scary ones are listed here.
Body Rust? : Yes, you can put a clenched fist through
three different holes in the wings and wheel arches. You
could put a screwdriver through about 60% of the metal on
‘‘MCL’’ (vancouver dealer) trunk-badge notwithstanding, title
of car indicated ‘‘canadian import.’’ Likely the east-coast
of Newfoundland where the car was a ‘‘winter driver.’’
Steering: 6-8’’ of free play in the steering wheel, mandating
‘‘two hands on the wheel at all times’’ to steer. Discovered
the cap for the P/S fluid pump caught in the front subframe.
Re-filled fluid at gas station, replaced cap, steering
effort decreased, but free-play remained.
Interior: Perfect interior trim, many thousands spent in
2001 on new leather. Odd.
Wood: No. Most of it has flaked off or cracked.
Tires: Do not match. For that matter, neither do the
wheels. Three pepperpots and a newly re-finished kent. How
odd. Owner proudly indicates ‘‘brand new’’ tire on the front
Engine bay: One cross-brace missing. One air filter
trumpet missing. At this point, I am not surprised anymore.
Headliner: Contrasts the pristine Doeskin leather.
Contrast is easy to see, as in places the headliner sags to
touch the leather.
Owner is surprised and disapointed to discover that the
bright-eyed ‘‘kid’’ knows a bit about jags. Seller’s
disapointment turns to dismay after witnessing a phone call
(on speed-dial, #4) to a prominent Vancouver jaguar mechanic
with whom the ‘‘kid’’ is apparently on a first name basis. A
technical discussion ensues regarding the effects of a bone-
dry power steering pump on performance and handling.
Consensus appears to be that the effect is wholly negative.
Asking price: $3000. Offered $1000 firm to make use of the
nearly new leather interior, and some minor bodywork parts
that are rusted on my ‘92 V12 and oddly pristine (but
original) on this junk heap.
Offer was scoffed at and countered with ‘’$2800, not a penny
less’’ and negotiations broke off at that point…
Despite all this, it was actually an enjoyable afternoon.
See you all at the Pitt Meadows Concours.
1992 V12 VDP–
Chris Los 1992 V12 Vanden Plas #51
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