After my Disposable Cars blog of the other day, I was told of this tale where a car that might have just been ‘disposed of’ has been saved and living to drive another day.
Michael Cooke, Bon Vivant of the Leeds Circuit and Rover Sterling owner, was offered this R-registered Jaguar XJ8, as you can see its had an argument with a tin of paint and a Stanley Knife taken to the tyres. A car that many people would shudder to even look at, let alone buy. However, Michael, tired of the unreliability of his Freelander TD4, took an interest and bought the car for just £150.
Like the 75 I highlighted, it has tax and almost a year’s MoT. It even has a full Jaguar Service History. Michael, realising the potential that still existed under the paint and slashed tyres got straight to work.
The majority of the paint damage was not even dry (British climate helping a car’s bodywork shocker!) and came off with high pressure water. The new rubber cost £100 and £15 for a new scuttle panel and £10 for a wiper arm, still brings the total in for less than £300.
To get that W-reg Rover 75 for £350 was good, but this is a whole different league. Put a private plate on that and people will have no idea what the age is, remember the X308 was available until 2002-’03 and they still look good today.
Having now saved this car from death by scrapping, Michael has no plans to keep it all to himself, he prefers cars of the 1980s, like his Rover Sterling. A Mercedes-Benz 190 or even an Jaguar XJ40 is on the shortlist.
But for now he’s happy in the knowledge that he saved this car.
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
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