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Avert Your Eyes: The Jagu-er

Posted January 21, 2009 12:01 AM by dstrohl

This is not fun to look at. But at least, according to David Steele's Steelworks, there's a good story:

"It turns out that this is E-Type Jag #3 in the U.S. Yes, the 3rd car imported in after they were released. And amazingly, the paint on the car was applied when it arrived at the dealership. Apparently the dealer was so excited to have one of the first E-Type Jags in the country, that he couldn't help himself but to put this Jaguar painted Jaguar in his showroom as a promotional tool. That's right, it's 1961 paint. And wouldn't you know it, it's holding up quite well.

And now, you can never un-look at it."

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01/21/2009 6:41 AM

Ingenious way to preserve a car! Paint is such that no one this side of sober would be caught dead driving it.

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01/21/2009 7:44 AM

Hmmm, that paint job has skill but no artistry.

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01/22/2009 11:56 AM

Although it IS rather cat-like, innit?

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01/21/2009 1:04 PM

Imagine having that coming up in your rear view mirror.

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01/21/2009 1:16 PM

That's why they make the dark setting lever on the bottom edge of the mirror.

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01/21/2009 2:12 PM

That's entirely cool!

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01/22/2009 1:20 AM

Understatement is one of those concepts, like irony, that some people just don't get.

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01/22/2009 7:33 AM

My wife used to work at a Dodge Dealer. Their body shop would take various cars and do special paint jobs on them when they got bored. They had a Dodge Magnum that I would have loved to own. I'll see if i can find the pics of it and post them.

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01/22/2009 10:07 AM

Somewhere there is a woman in New Jersey who desperately wants this car, because it matches her skirt.

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01/22/2009 4:31 PM

Even a blind Possum could see this thing coming at them! If only my grandma could have been so lucky...

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01/22/2009 7:46 PM

I like it. As long as it's someone else driving it. Oh, yeah, and NOT me riding shotgun!

Weird doesn't begin to describe it, but I am driven to wonder what an E-Type that old, obviously in mint, never driven condition, could be worth. And whether, if you found the one guy with too much money who'd buy it as-is, it would be worth more repainted.

Just curious, but with no experience to gauge by, no way to even guess.

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01/22/2009 10:09 PM

My guess is that it could fetch about $200,000 - $250,000, but I think that is a stretch.

Here is a 1962, Series I coupe, for $40,000 in Hemmings. That seems a little low. I would expect closer to $60,000+ for a nice car if it was not a coupe, but I have also watched prices fall pretty hard for collectable cars in the last 4 months.

The Series II is a better driving car with the 4.2 liter engine and a transmission that has synchros.

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01/22/2009 10:34 PM

My brother had an XKE for a while, but he was long gone from home then, so I never even saw it. He said the engine was always needing tuning. I don't know if it was the 4.2 or what. But since I became the only mech in the family, and he couldn't keep taking it to the garage (surprised he could even find one, but he lived in Sacramento, CA at the time, so maybe there were some available) he got rid of it. Bought a Porsche 911, about a 52 vintage I think. But I'm not enough up on any of the foreign makes of those years to defend that statement. I did get to ride in the Porsche though (I was about 15 at the time) and in a TR3 he had at one point (5th grade, about 10 then). Nice cars. Too bad he couldn't work on his own. Might have made them a lot more affordable.

I understand collectible prices falling. Recession hits everything hard, and the first to go is the high dollar fun spending. After that, it gets to the low dollar fun. Then things like camping out see a rise in popularity, and the wisdom of parents who insisted their kids learn skills like shoe making, and auto (shade tree, backyard) mechanicing become more evident. After all, we all have to wear clothes, shoes, etc., and most of us don't live where we can NOT drive a car, at least to work or the Dr. or whatever.

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01/23/2009 7:57 AM

Yes, British cars of that era required a lot of tinkering (ask me how I know) and the Lucas electronics (A.K.A. The Prince of Darkness) also had a reputation of plunging one into darkness (and no spark) at the most wonderful moments. However, that was just part of the charm.

If the Porsche was indeed a 1952 vintage, then it was the 356, not 911. The 356 looked like a VW Bug that was compressed vertically. It is also called the "Bathtub Porsche" because the body looks like an upside down bathtub. Although, not particularly fast, it is still considered a wonderful driver's car.

The 911 was introduced as a 1965 model and continues today looking very much like the original model.

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01/23/2009 9:23 PM

Thank for the info. I will have to ask him exactly what it was, next time we talk. He lives in Washington state, USA, and I live in Virginia state, USA, so that doesn't happen as often as one might think. At least not to reminisce. He was largely out of my life between my ages of 6 and 25, when he visited me in Japan. So not a lot of intense shared memories. Just drop-ins, now and then.

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