15k: GM Power: 1962 Jaguar Mk II Saloon

You scour the internet looking for one of your
unicorn cars and run across today’s find,  but unlike spotting a
Mercedes Diesel wagon with a smog exempt LS1 hiding under the hood,
this very reasonably priced ’62 Jag MkII has had its silky smooth
3.8 litre inline 6 ripped out and replaced with a 4.3 GM V6. 
While not quite as bad as one of those wood burning Ford Country
Squires that you’d see in the old Planet of the Apes movies, it
evokes the same sour chord for those who would properly pronounce
Jaguar.  Is it a Jag with a plebeian soul or a a Chebby in an
evening gown?  Find this 1962 Jaguar Mark 2 Saloon offered for $17,500 in Hamilton, OH via craigslist.  Tip from Fuel Truck.

Driving a classic Jaguar Mk II will overwhelm your senses with nostalgia for a simpler time when
gentlemen drivers wore gloves and opened doors for ladies. The faint whiff of petrol won’t send you scrambling for a dealer service like a modern car, and a lack of ignition during cranking is just a reminder that you shouldn’t have been so hasty to depart from your current location anyway.  Some of my fondest car related memories are of walking down a shoulder trying to find a pay phone or gas station…and as soon as they develop a Total Recall style memory wipe, I’ll replace it with something else…but I’m getting ahead of myself. 

Ordinary plebs will wonder how you are able to afford the repair bills and marvel at the grace, pace and space, but only you will know that the original inline-6 has been replaced with a modern 4.3 liter V6 from some Chevrolet vehicle (probably a Camaro).  It will be good for something between 140 and 200 horsepower and mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox should make the Jag faster than when stock.

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