Junkyard Gem: 1977 Jaguar XJ-S
XJ-S was big, powerful, swanky, and expensive, just
craved. Unfortunately, these temperamental cars needed plenty of regular maintenance, and many of them suffered from neglect once they left the hands of their original owners. I
, but it still gives me a twinge of sadness when I see another one parked among the ordinary
in the import-cars section of a big self-service wrecking yard. Here’s a forlorn-looking, V8-swapped ’77 in a San Francisco Bay Area yard.
small-block V8 swaps were very common with the
of the 1960s and 1970s, since an ordinary 350 would make power similar to that of the 326-cubic-inch V12 and parts obtainment was much easier.
Still, swapping in a reliable-if-oil-leaky Detroit V8 didn’t solve all the Jag’s reliability woes:
retained a powerful grip on this car’s soul.
The patina on this car suggests decades spent forgotten in an outdoor storage area somewhere.
map of California from the 1980s inside.
This car listed for $20,250 when new. That’s about $87,500 in inflation-adjusted 2018 dollars, but still $5,000 cheaper in 1977 dollars than a new
450SLC (and a grand more expensive than a
Nobody in their right mind would have been willing to pay to restore this car, but we can hope that it provides some good parts to Jaguars that are still on the road.
via Autoblog http://www.autoblog.com
December 10, 2018 at 09:13PM