I am currently negotiating with the seller on this:https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/cowandi ... 1157973142
Since moving to Australia in April 2015 I have not had an Jaguar - And bearing in mind I have always had at least one Jaguar in the garage since I was 23 (I am now 42).
So I am keen - But finding a nice car over here is hard - Rust does not seem to be such an issue but disintegrated (and I mean disintegrated) interiors and shot paintwork are a huge problem - Due to the summer temps that can regularly be in the 40 degrees Celsius + range!!
Anyway - the car in the advert isn't perfect, but its one of the best I have seen so far.
Things identified are:
Windscreen has a big chip in it and as a result I would want to replace - Is this a DIY job?
TRX tyres have good tread but are WAY past their best before date (so to speak)
Car is missing Chrome mirror caps, and the early (pre 89/90my) caps are hard to source - Especially here in South Australia.
Rear bumper iron obviously has some damage causing the rubber to be slightly deformed (Chrome and end bars are all perfectly strait and aligned)
There is a section of coachline missing (drivers door) above the Daimler chrome strip - So whilst the paint match looks spot on in the metal (you can see a slight colour difference in the photo) it must have had paint.
Passenger seat base - piping has gone a little 'wavey' due to the heat -So I would need to strip down the seat and investigate/pad out the foam.
Digital dash works fine although some of the pixels in the centre of the warning display are not at bright as they should be - they are there, but faded.
Both under dash (knee pads) are seriously deformed - can these be repaired. If not - are they interchangeable with later XJ40??
Brake Pads have been changed but brake pad warning light keeps flashing
AC does not blow cold - Compressor/clutch kicks in when switched on.... A big deal over here!!!
Car runs ok but Idle is a little wobbly - When I 'dropped' the bonnet closed, I thought the car was going to stall - but the revs eventually came back??
BUT - She is solid, no rust and all the electrics work, headlining has no sagging and there are no rips or tears to the interior.
No issues with broken door locks/handles and only minor issues with the lacquer on the veneers (mostly the picnic tables as seen in the pics).
There cant be many pre 4.0litre Vanden Plas left in existence??