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Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

pimgmx
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Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby pimgmx » Tue May 24, 2016 10:58 am

Another big cat washed ashore in the Low Lands last Sunday...
My collection was still missing a FHC, a great excuse to acquire Jag's XJ40 Coupé contemporary. :roll:
The latest addition is a 1989 5.3 US-spec XJ-S, with not even 26K miles on the counter, in Solent Blue with Isis Blue interior.

It was supplied new in New England, but spent most of its life in Japan (1992-2016 according to the paperwork).
Bodywork and interior are in fair to good condition, with the exception - classic! - of the ski slope and the clearcoat paint. Horizontal paint surfaces have suffered substantially: after a mechanical inspection the car will be off to my trusted bodyshop for rectification.

It's in the seaport of Rotterdam now, and will be shipped to good old Raymond's early next week. At his Workshop of Wonders it will receive a thorough inspection and preventative brake/injector/gearbox cleaning with his whiz-bang technogizmos. I'll tackle the other fluids/filters and ignition/fuel/cooling system components myself to keep costs to an acceptable level (and familiarise myself with the car, of course!).
The car's been stood for a few years, but - apparently - still starts on the button. After the visit to Raymond it's off to our equivalent of the DVLA to get tested and approved, hopefully resulting in a fresh set of Dutch (US-style) license plates in the next couple of weeks.

Hi-res pics from the seller:
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And the full set of pics here: http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
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the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the tractor: 77 LaRo LW https://bit.ly/2Hr9n6y
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the project: 95 X306 http://bit.ly/1cW11DN
the pocket rocket: 97 Z3 http://bit.ly/12IfE7B
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq

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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby leo_denmark » Tue May 24, 2016 12:04 pm

Congratulations and welcome in the club :)

It looks solid, I just took a tour in your flickr-folder. Did you buy it from Japan and has still not seen it IRL ?
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby Starbuck » Tue May 24, 2016 12:20 pm

Hi Pim,

Great to see it has arrived safe and sound. I'll look forward to seeing how you progress with it.

Best,

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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby naki_k » Tue May 24, 2016 12:36 pm

More fun and games to follow I am sure.
It does look rather excellent in blue on blue. Rare combo I reckon. Interesting history too.
I am sure doing some time in Japan has helped preserve it.
I bet you cannot wait to drive it!
88 3.6 XJ6 PDH/CEM
90 Range Rover Vogue SE 3.9 V8 LPG
91 3.2 XJ6 SportPack Manual
91 4.0 XJ6 Manual
92 4.0 XJR Manual
92 4.0 XJR
93 3.2s - 4.0 Manual conv
93 4.0 Sovereign
93 6.0 XJ81 DD6
93 6.0 XJ81 XJ12
94 4.0 XJR
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby pimgmx » Tue May 24, 2016 3:38 pm

leo_denmark wrote:welcome in the club

Thanks!

leo_denmark wrote:Did you buy it from Japan and has still not seen it IRL ?

Quite a story...
I bought it from a trader in Dublin, who auctioned it on eBay. The winning bidder wasn't able/willing to close the deal. A common story: a last-minute bid from an eBay member with low feedback score on a Sunday evening, probably a pint or two too much?
This was his only bid ( a good sign: not a mate of the seller's then, driving the price up), mine was second-highest. I decided to let head prevail over heart and stopped bidding when I reached the maximum I wanted to pay for the car.
The seller approached me post-auction and after some due diligence (additional pics of known problem areas, copies of the import docs, ...) I decided to go for it. He imported the XJ-S from Japan to Ireland early May, and it has been in dry storage until it was driven(!) to the port of Dublin last Friday. It left Dublin Friday afternoon and arrived in Rotterdam Sunday morning.

Starbuck wrote:I'll look forward to seeing how you progress with it.

So do I ;)
Brake flush and inspection of calipers/pistons are top of the list, we'll start working from there...
I may even try to re-veneer the ski slope myself, will NOT go the Myrtle route again after my experience with their headlining.

naki_k wrote:It does look rather excellent in blue on blue

It surely helped making the decision: I loved that combo. Still not as good as black-on-black, though... ;)
Many important boxes were ticked with this one: V12, low-mileage, decent bodywork/interior (that clearcoat is just a fleshwound), colour combination, acceptable price... Now crossing fingers for the outcomes of Raymond's ever-so-thorough inspection!

naki_k wrote:I bet you cannot wait to drive it!

Just a few more days.
I'll give myself the privilege to drive it onto the transporter next week... 8-)

the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the tractor: 77 LaRo LW https://bit.ly/2Hr9n6y
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the project: 95 X306 http://bit.ly/1cW11DN
the pocket rocket: 97 Z3 http://bit.ly/12IfE7B
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq

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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby old del boy » Tue May 24, 2016 11:52 pm

Wow Pim , you are a dark horse , you really have got the restoration bug haven't you ? ,

You seem to have a knack of finding these interesting cars ;)

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'93 4.0L Daimler, Westminster,
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby pimgmx » Thu May 26, 2016 3:46 pm

old del boy wrote:You seem to have a knack of finding these interesting cars

most seem to find me... :shock:
But in this case only I am to blame: I've wanted an XJS for a long, long time, but was equally discouraged by the state of affordable cars and the price of decent ones. I've been lurking for close to a year before this one hit the radar screen, it's still fingers crossed until I've seen it/smelled it/heard it with my own eyes/nose/ears.

That won't be long: just got everything set up to move it from the port to Raymond's on Monday...
Wish me luck!

the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the tractor: 77 LaRo LW https://bit.ly/2Hr9n6y
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the project: 95 X306 http://bit.ly/1cW11DN
the pocket rocket: 97 Z3 http://bit.ly/12IfE7B
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq

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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby xjr40 » Thu May 26, 2016 9:07 pm

I just adore the quads on the XJS. I'm still not sure for the forty...
I am sure that I would of had one by now if I hadn't bumped into my manual XJR. Mainly because the XJR is a rarity, but I might go crazy one day and change R for S.
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby naki_k » Fri May 27, 2016 11:52 pm

xjr40 wrote:I just adore the quads on the XJS. I'm still not sure for the forty...
I am sure that I would of had one by now if I hadn't bumped into my manual XJR. Mainly because the XJR is a rarity, but I might go crazy one day and change R for S.


It should be both! Not either/ or!
88 3.6 XJ6 PDH/CEM
90 Range Rover Vogue SE 3.9 V8 LPG
91 3.2 XJ6 SportPack Manual
91 4.0 XJ6 Manual
92 4.0 XJR Manual
92 4.0 XJR
93 3.2s - 4.0 Manual conv
93 4.0 Sovereign
93 6.0 XJ81 DD6
93 6.0 XJ81 XJ12
94 4.0 XJR
96 4.0 X306 XJR
96 4.0 X300 D6
97 4.0 X300 Sport Manual
2000 LR Discovery ES TD5 A
Breaking 40/ 300

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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby leo_denmark » Sat May 28, 2016 6:24 am

Naki is right !

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