The trick with a turbocharger is to make the compressor (that is the cold intake size) big enough that it flows the desired air you need to make your power target and the turbine small enough that it spools at a reasonable rpm (before your engine blows up…for instance). Or…you could just strap on a […]
The easy way to add power and performance to an old Jaguar XJS is to remove the mechanically complex V12 and shove an American V8 under the hood…or shove it through the hood. Today’s pushrod V8 powered XJS has a gigantic vision obscuring blower sticking up through the hood and a nitrous bottle sitting in the back seat. Find this 1986 Jaguar XJS V8 Swap offered for $9,700 in Brooklawn, NJ via craigslist.
I’m a sucker for a good celebrity owned pile of parts, so when a Jaguar Mark IX previously owned by Tommy Chong (of Cheech and Chong fame) shows up on a ebay…gotta post it. The car looks to aged about as well as the actor, which isn’t bad considering the abuse it has probably endured […]
I really hate to be a classic car vulture, but when I see an advertisement like this next one, I feel a tingle on the back of my featherless head. All of these cars are offered for basic sub $7k asking prices and all seem to be not more than a good weekend of wrenching away from driving home. Because that is the dream — fly in to buy a car for cheap in a distant town, fix it on the side of the road and drive it home. Find this collection of “Antique Car sell offs” for $3700-to-$6900, 70s Vista Cruiser, 71 Ranchero, 62 Jaguar MkX, 87 BMW 325, 86 Corvette, 71 Checker Marathon, in Emeryville, CA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
I hate to see another Jaguar XJS ruined with a cheap Chevy V8 swap…but this one isn’t as bad as the typical small block with slushbox setup because it has a 5-speed manual. The under hood wiring could using some cleaning up, but the giant aluminum radiator/fan shroud seems purpose built and the Hyper-S body kit is interesting because there is some history behind a fellow name Paul Hands who built some Hyper Jags back in the day, there was even a Hyper Register alive at some point in time, but it seems gone now. Anyway, find this 1985 Jaguar XJS offered for $8,500 in Albany, NY via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Looking at this next car was a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me. At first I thought, well that isn’t cool, a breadvan XK Jag. And then I realized that this is a Morris Minor woodie rear end on an XK150, which is a monstrosity, it’s like putting a diaper on the Venus de Milo, like building a Chuck E Cheese in St Peter’s Square. But in the end, I guess it doesn’t matter because if you buy this thing, you won’t have to look at that rear end while you are driving around. Find this 1960 Jaguar XK150 Breadvan offered for £44,995 GBP ($63,673 USD) via ClassicandSportsCar.com.
This next car comes as a tip from Hugh who writes: Non gm non v8 LS. That Lincoln that’s really a jaguar but with a stick 5 speed from Germany for 2500. And it’s neither a diesel truck or a stretch limo! I wasn’t going to post a car that wasn’t a limo or a diesel truck (Dieselimo Turismo…has a nice ring to it) but a manual gearbox Lincoln/Jag for the price of…well…a manual gearbox, can’t not post that. Find this 2001 Lincoln LS offered for $2,500 in Pittsburgh, PA via craigslist.
The Series III Jaguar XJ6 is one of the legendary sports luxury sedan of the ’80s/90s that every man (or woman) who considers himself a motorhead should own some day. The highway manners were particularly noteworthy, close your eyes and you could hardly tell you were moving — something that couldn’t be said for many of the domestic offerings of the day, The US version was available the the venerable 4.2 litre Jag inline-6 that put out something in the range of 205 horsepower and 231 ft-lbs of torque — and today’s example looks great for the asking price. Find this 1984 Jaguar XJ6 offered for $7250 in Fallbrook, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Jaguar XJS was one of the prettiest things to ever grace the roads in the 20th century. Sure, it wasn’t as drop-dead gorgeous as the E-Type it replaced, but it conformed to safety and crash standards that mutilated the good looks of many other vehicles and the XJS survived with only a few changes over an impressive 21 year lifespan. Production of the Malcolm Sayer and Doug Thorpe designed 2+2 started in 1975, had a minor makeover in 1982, and a more significant re-design in 1992 and the last cars left the factory in 1996. Today’s example is one of the last of the pre-Ford takeover cars and is even more ANTI-Ford with an injection of Chevy’s LT1 V8 under the hood. Seems like a lot of car for the asking price if you ask me…and you did ask, right? Find this 1990 Jaguar XJS offered for $7900 in Stoughton, WI via craigslist.
Sometimes I see a car and think “what am I going to say/write about this next car?” It can take some time to get properly motivated to say something funny, pithy, or not-funny. But this next car, I knew instantly. It had a face that was instantly recognizable. It’s not a Dodge, it’s a Doge, or possibly Bob the minion. Find this 1972 Jaguar SS100 Kit Car offered for $3000 in Santa Clara, CA vi craigslist.