This past weekend, I was able to accomplish some (but by no means all) of my long-delayed automotive maintenance needs. I ran the 'Rover up to full operating temperature and exercised the clutch, all while enjoying that peculiarly British scent of warm 90-weight gear oil and overheated electrical insulation. I have made a credible start to my rewiring project in order to make it road-legal for the upcoming winter months, and we should also be ready for new Deep Bronze Green paint by the end of Spring.

I currently have a self-imposed stable limit of four motor cars. However, I am seriously considering switching in a mid-1980's (series 3) Jaguar XJ6 sedan to one of the two "rotating motor car" positions (neither of which is the 'Rover).

A typical Jaguar XJ6 Series 3 in "Edward Woodward Black"

The intent is to eventually move up to a late 1960's- early 1970's Bentley T1 Saloon, or possibly a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow (SWB) of the same vintage. This should be a fun process, and should take several more years to get there (with many interesting vehicles to drive during the trading up process).

Bentley T1 vs. RR Silver Shadow - the only exterior difference are the bonnet and grille

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Comment by Alexsander Mausheim on October 3, 2010 at 9:46am
"Cognitive behavioural therapist" reminds me of implementing behavioral conditioning programs through the use of Skinner boxes. I did a bit of that in my college days, in fact. (The cheese was quite good, as I remember.)

I do quite concur with you comment regarding today's motor cars. I cannot think of anything new that I would consider owning, even Morgan have gone to an amorphous blob look with the "Aero Super Sports".
Comment by Steve_J on October 1, 2010 at 1:53pm
Crewe indeed. I was a cognitive behavioural therapist there for a while.
Comment by Alexsander Mausheim on October 1, 2010 at 12:09pm
Are you speaking of the old facility at Crewe? It was a sad day indeed when the huns got both marques.
Comment by Steve_J on October 1, 2010 at 11:41am
Such a beauty. They certainly don't make aesthetically pleasing cars anymore. The Lexus looks somewhat boxy and as if it was made from some kind of plastic. I used to work near the Rolls Royce factory, good heavens, what a place that was.
Comment by Alexsander Mausheim on September 29, 2010 at 6:26pm
You can pick up an XJ6 cheaply enough, if you don't worry too much about condition. I spotted this Series 2 for sale yesterday, in fact:

Comment by Alexsander Mausheim on September 28, 2010 at 8:06am
For an XJ6, I would most recommend the later Series 3 saloon cars of the mid-to-late 1980's. By this time, most of the "bugs" had been worked out from the earlier models, and a majority of the notorious Lucas electrical controls had been replaced by German Bosch. This change was considered essential if Jaguar were to be considered reliable in the the North American market. Also, this is the last of the "sexy" Jags, and the last of the full-width walnut fascia. Besides, Edward Woodward drove one in the Equalizer- and how can one go wrong with that?

I have been wanting to go the Silver Shadow (or T1 Bentley, which I prefer) route for about the past, oh, thirty years. Remarkably, it is possible to find an earlier model (late 1960's to early 1970's) for less than the price of a new Fiesta. In fact, I just missed out on a Shadow a few months back- it had a fire in a rear wheel well from a dragging brake, which had damaged the lacquer work on the wing above it. It went for much less than a month's wages, which I assure you, is not much. My plan is to "trade up" the chain until I eventually get to the Shadow/T1.
Comment by Steve_J on September 28, 2010 at 3:28am
Sir, I am drooling with envy. A Silver shadow eh? Marvellous. How do you find the Jaguar XJ6? I am considering one of these too.

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