A Decent Motor?

You've lost me, mate. How is that not an Air Portable?
It is. And so is the one in post #117. Leastways, that's how it was explained to me when we changed from one to the other. Might have been something to do with the RAF changing from Beverleys/Argosies to Hercs or something.
 

Truxx

LE
Once upon a time the Truxx family line-up looked like this: my mums MG with 4 cylinders (one of the last two out of the factory at Abingdon), my dads Daimler with 6 pots, my kid brothers insane Pontiac with a highly tricked 8 and my XJS with 12.
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For that condition and age and the 2.8i you won’t get much change out of £30,000. If only I’d kept mine in 1983!
I scrapped my 1.6 Laser mainly because my dad was moaning about it cluttering up the garage and I couldn't afford it and the mortgage and there was zero interest when I tried to sell :cry:
 
When did you last see a quad cam V12 Toyota from the 1960's?

Jaguar XJ13. There is only one, it was written off once but Jaguar rebuilt it.
Have a look at Youtube and have a listen to it, nothing sounds better )although a Moto Guzzi V8 is close)
That thing was at an Alford Classic Car show a few years back where I was showing mine.
When it was cranked up, it set peoples' car alarms off! I'd have been standing maybe 10/15 feet away and it's vibes went through my rib cage. I was in a trance...salivating like the village idiot.
 
Or a dirty little bastard child of the 70's

Older brother had one,an ex works car with a standard Vitesse engine fitted in dog cock red.
We picked it up from north wales in winter and with snow on the ground bloody froze all the way back to Cumbria, blaming the shit BL heater.
Turns out the car was built for rallying in the americas and had a radiator matrix about five inches deep, we blanked off 90 % of it with cardboard and bingo, a heater.
The steering rack was like a go cart though and it’s ability to swap ends on a wet bend was truly sobering.
Oh and the pop up lights allways went u/s so it looked like it had had a stroke!.
 
Older brother had one,an ex works car with a standard Vitesse engine fitted in dog cock red.
We picked it up from north wales in winter and with snow on the ground bloody froze all the way back to Cumbria, blaming the shit BL heater.
Turns out the car was built for rallying in the americas and had a radiator matrix about five inches deep, we blanked off 90 % of it with cardboard and bingo, a heater.
The steering rack was like a go cart though and it’s ability to swap ends on a wet bend was truly sobering.
Oh and the pop up lights allways went u/s so it looked like it had had a stroke!.

I've had two bog standard TR7's and a Sprint 16v converted one.
All of them were pretty entertaining but the 16 valve was deceptively fast and used to really upset RS2000 drivers who couldn't get near it.

Its funny how the TR7 had a bad reputation for handling, I didn't think it any worse than a Capri

The TR7 was a child of its time, a good fun car and one I still like the look of now.
Modern component can improve its handling and a good V8 one is a highly entertaining car.
I've driven but never owned V8 TR7
 
Once upon a time the Truxx family line-up looked like this: my mums MG with 4 cylinders (one of the last two out of the factory at Abingdon), my dads Daimler with 6 pots, my kid brothers insane Pontiac with a highly tricked 8 and my XJS with 12.View attachment 417504p
My first one was a 1976 Daimler Sovereign 4.2 at an age when all my mates aspired to Escorts.
Same as your fathers (but green)

In retrospect it was probably a shed and consumed fuel at a truly horrific rate, performance was respectable but not blistering.
It could however snap knicker elastic at a hundred yards.

My first XJS was a maroon one with a full TWR bodykit, straight through exhaust and enough modifications to run about 370bhp. Consistently achieved 12mpg, once did Knutsford services to Penrith in under 50 minutes from a standing start at which point it was out of fuel.
It could not only snap knicker elastic from 200 yards, it would help a woman undress whilst she walked toward the car.
The day I bought it the best looking bird in town asked me to take her out in it. I've never been an oil painting and she wasn't interested the day before I bought it.
 

Issi

War Hero
For that condition and age and the 2.8i you won’t get much change out of £30,000. If only I’d kept mine in 1983!
I was given the option to buy a 2.8i for £1800.00 when I was in uni, unfortunately at that time, £1800.00 was totally out of the question.
 
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Somebody turned up at work in one of these a few weeks ago

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Pictures don't do them justice, absolutely stunning car in the flesh.

Shy of a hefty lottery win I don't think one will ever be in my budget
 
I'm trying to decide whether it's really that modern cars have no class, general nostalgia for the best of design classics, or the fact that we're all a bunch of sad old goats lusting after lost youth.
 

Truxx

LE
My first one was a 1976 Daimler Sovereign 4.2 at an age when all my mates aspired to Escorts.
Same as your fathers (but green)

In retrospect it was probably a shed and consumed fuel at a truly horrific rate, performance was respectable but not blistering.
It could however snap knicker elastic at a hundred yards.

My first XJS was a maroon one with a full TWR bodykit, straight through exhaust and enough modifications to run about 370bhp. Consistently achieved 12mpg, once did Knutsford services to Penrith in under 50 minutes from a standing start at which point it was out of fuel.
It could not only snap knicker elastic from 200 yards, it would help a woman undress whilst she walked toward the car.
The day I bought it the best looking bird in town asked me to take her out in it. I've never been an oil painting and she wasn't interested the day before I bought it.
I took my XJS to Berlin where it was much admired. Hoorah for fuel coupons though because it never bettered 8MPG around the city.

Prior to the S I had an XJ Coupe. One of the cars I wish I still had.
 
I took my XJS to Berlin where it was much admired. Hoorah for fuel coupons though because it never bettered 8MPG around the city.

Prior to the S I had an XJ Coupe. One of the cars I wish I still had.

I've had half a dozen V12's
Everyone of them a stunner in its own right, but my diesel XF is almost as quick and does 40mpg

Doesn't have quite the same soul, but doesn't break quite so easily either
 

Truxx

LE
I've had half a dozen V12's
Everyone of them a stunner in its own right, but my diesel XF is almost as quick and does 40mpg

Doesn't have quite the same soul, but doesn't break quite so easily either
Prior to the one in the pic Dad had a pink (!) Double Six on the original carbs. A mighy motor that went better than the later ones till they caught up again with the HE.
 

Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
I watched Agostini do a Parade Lap at the TT on one a few years ago.

Other than the sound of Catherine Zeta Jones unzipping her dress in my sitting room I don't think there's much that sounds better......
that very day
I am behind it getting a faceful of Castrols finest
 

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