It is good to see he is working on it again - it is a massive job, isn't it! It is amazingly rusty, far worse even than mine.
It sounds reasonable that they put the windscreen in like that to avoid leaks in the test car. I guess they knew from bitter experience that if the test car leaks it doesn't matter how good it is, the leak is what people will talk about.
It is strange to think that this X300 is so very early there were probably XJ40s going down the same line when it was made. If this is true, I wonder if there are any photos. The clutch doesn't suprise me. It is a very powerful car indeed and those journalists will have really enjoyed it. It will either have been this car or an identical one that Clarkson described as "going like a stabbed rat!" That doesn't sound gentle!!
It has nothing to do with why you are doing this, but I have believed for a long time that these cars will become a fully collectible classic eventually, and with Jaguar's star so much in the ascendent now that time could be much sooner.
For me, they have every element needed for genuine collectability; they are rare with a short production run of 102 cars in RHD nor many LHD, have massive power and are brutally fast and come with a traditional manual gearbox thus combine old school driving with thoroughly modern performance which is a unique combination. They had a huge image when new which they have retained too and are made by a company which has made many other valuable cars. It is only a matter of time before these become expensive, but by then there will be hardly any left.
I look forward to the pictures!!