First of all, I don't understand what's difficult in pronouncing Jaguar. It's the same as the animal, only with more horsepower. Get over it!
Here's something I never knew: In the XJ6 lineup, there were four models. One of those models was the XJ6 Vanden Plas Majestic. Majestic! It's the most British car ever.
Introducing the Draguar. It's a '74 Jaguar XJ6 with the steam-belching heart of a poorly maintained Chevrolet.
The seller of this 1975 Jaguar XJ6L — left sitting for five years — had apparently intended the car not be on fire when it hit eBay. Yet, just after the auction started, so did a conflagration somewhere in the forward compartment.
This is the 2011 Jaguar XJ. It looks nothing like the XJ that came before it, or the XJ that came before that. Its interior is a temple to the word "shiny." Is this what Jaguar needs to move forward?
How often do you see this sequence at a high-turnover self-service junkyard: Jaguar XJ Series III, Mercedes-Benz R107, Jaguar Sovereign, Jaguar XJ Series II?
Back in 1973, a brand-new XJ6 listed at about $9,500. For that price you got 150 horsepower, four-wheel disc brakes, Lucas Electrics, and plenty of sophistication. For less than half that price, you could have a 154-horse LTD Brougham!
Most of us will look at these admittedly godawful numbers for the Triumphs, Jaguars, and MGs we've seen in LeMons races and back away in horror… but your true British car aficionado will see those numbers as a challenge! More Spitfires! More Rover 3500s! More Humber Sceptres!
As always, there was no shortage of BMW E30s at the last LeMons race, but we also saw representatives of British Leyland, German subsidiaries of the Detroit Big Three, and a whole squadron of Saabs.
We never see enough British cars in the 24 Hours Of LeMons, so getting two TR7s, a V12 Jag, and a Chevy-powered Jag on the track at the same time really made our weekend.