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CAN any of our Jaguar-loving readers help with this one? As you can see, we have a Panther Westwinds Jaguar XJ conversion dating from the mid-Eighties. The paint job is a masterclass in pure white nouveau riche, as is the interior carpet.

The owner, Thomas Davies, who lives in the USA has this to say: “I am researaching a 1985 Jaguar/Daimler designed by Panther w/Harrods. I live in the United States, California to be exact. I purchased this car a number of years ago from a Jaguar dealer in Maryland. This vehicle sat on her showroom floor all the while she owned it. It has sat undercover all the time I have owned it. We run it now and then to keep thing running. I am looking for some history about this car.”

He added: “I looked at your photos on your web site and the inside of the car looks exactly like mine. I even have the exact same crystal decanters and 4 crystal glasses. However, this car doesn’t appear to have ever been green, and it is listed as 1985. What do you know if anything about this car.”

So, can anyone help?

If you know more, let Thomas know via email:

Keith Adams

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Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

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...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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