I have a very unique Jaguar here up for auction. It is restored to a very high standard. On the body, the chrome bumper blades are new in the rear, the windscreen is new and the areas at the corners of the front and rear windscreens have been repaired properly and are rust-free. These places are trouble spots for the Series 3 sedan. If looking at other cars, always check there for paint bubbles! The entire car has been resprayed and looks great. The wheels are the "Pepperpot" alloys which are not common for cars sent to the US.
On the interior, the leather seats have been redone with Connelly hides as original. All of the walnut trim had been redone as well, along with the headliner. It is perfect. I've even upgraded the steering wheel with the sport wheel from an XJ-S.
Mechanically, the car is spot-on and well sorted. The engine actually came out of another Jaguar sedan that I had which had been imported from Europe. That car got wrecked and the engine went into this car. The head gaskets have been replaced about 5-6k miles ago as well as the crank bearings. This euro-version engine has a bit higher compression than the US version at 9:1. Makes it a bit peppier. The gearbox is an original Jaguar 5 speed Rover LT 77 'box. Very few cars sent to the US were so equipped. The 5 speed really makes the XJ sedan a different animal, especially when you can cruise down the highway at 70 mph, only turning 2300 rpm. This gearbox was rebuilt by a shop in CT which specializes in these transmissions.
On the underside, the suspension bushings, steering rack bushings, shocks and springs have all been replaced. Brakes are great as well. No surprises with my cars. Everything works as it should, except the cruise control. When I did the 5 speed conversion, I never got the cruise working again because I didn't use it anyway.
The climate control works perfectly with cold air and warm heat. And yes, I replaced the heater core when the interior was removed!
Bottom line is I've got WAY more in the car than it will ever be worth, but I'm a Jaguar enthusiast, JCNA member who does things right because I love the marque. Get a nice Series 3 Saloon for much less than you would spend on a lesser car getting it to anywhere close this condition. I have tons on other pictures showing the resto in progress. Any questions, please ask. The car is open for inspection anytime.
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Typically, these track battle videos pair up car against car or, in more disparate circumstances, car versus crossover, as we saw the other day. While the outcome of that battle was quite predictable, what'll happen when an equally fetching (and fast) four-wheeler is put up against one of the icons of the two-wheeled world? Evo just had to find out.
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Matching up a Jaguar F-Type V6 S Convertible against a Triumph Street Triple R is at least more of an even fight than the last battle between the Porsche Cayman GTS and Macan Turbo. The Triumph has a 675-cc engine to work with, and is very light. Meanwhile, the Jag has a thumping 380-horsepower, 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 to haul about it's considerably heftier heft. Who will come out on top?
You'll need to watch the full video to find out.
It is a rare day when automakers line up their current models and test cars right next to each other and allow us to compare them directly. However, Jaguar ending up doing just that during cold weather testing of the face lifted XJ, providing the perfect chance to see just what the company is changing.
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We spotted the refreshed XJ testing last year, and it hasn't evolved much since then. The updated model sports clear turn signals and a slightly revised front air dam. The modifications are similarly minor at the rear. The bumper appears to dip down slightly further on the new sedan. Thankfully, those gorgeous taillights are still draped over the back of the car. The exhaust outlets have switched to oval shapes rather than the current parallelograms. This alteration could just be chalked up to it being a test car, but the previous tester we saw had a similar design. It's possible that the camouflage could be hiding other revisions, but don't expect anything radical from the facelift.
Our previous report indicated that Jaguar is also planning some interior upgrades with new infotainment and ambient lighting. The company seems to feel that there isn't a point in messing with the XJ's design just yet, since all of the changes we see here are very subtle. No problems, here - to our eyes, the big Jag is still one of the prettier sedans on the road today.
The Middle East is one of the fastest-growing markets for Land Rover, so it makes sense that the automaker is looking to set up shop in the region. According to Automotive News, Jaguar Land Rover is in talks with the people of Saudi Arabia to build a factory in the country at an expected initial cost of $1.2 billion. Still in the early stage of talks, the proposed facility could start up by 2017 using locally sourced materials such as steel and aluminum.
Such an arrangement could be beneficial for both entities as Saudi Arabia looks to diversify its oil-reliant economy and Land Rover could get local production capacity of around 50,000 units. The report also says that the agreement talks about the possibility for Jaguar models to be built at the same plant further down the road.
This won't be the first vehicle produced in Saudi Arabia - that honor goes to the KSU Gazal-1 - but it will be the first from a major global automaker.