Tag Archives: Jaguar Mk VII

The story of two Jaguar cats

#jaguars #JaguarXJSV12 & #jaguarMk7 a Tribute to these two distant relatives since the Mk VII is a 1953 example and the XJS V12 5.6 Litres Convertible was born in 1992, thus a generation gap of ça. 40 years.

The two siblings, with a 40 years span, apart !

How did these two cats meet? Well through the good service of the #Soulgarage hosted by Antonis Kouros & Byron Riginos who responded to @George Miroir, far out idea of exchanging his XJS with my Mk VII as advertised here: https://www.classic-trader.com/uk/cars/listing/jaguar/mk-vii/mk-vii/1953/152386 with the added reasoning that he could be earning some money by renting her for events such as marriages or filmmaking or advertising.

My ex V-12 in a version of the Daimler Double Six showing the rear end with insignia and dual exhaust pipes. Another post on this temperamental Lady can be accessed here: https://byronriginos.com/2011/08/01/the-day-i-met-lillibet-a-k-a-daimler-double-six-series-3/

After this expression of interest for a swapping, I invited George to bring her beauty to our Soulgarage for a fist appraisal and a quickie test drive. Thus such a meeting was quickly arranged. Upon arrival I scrutinized her overall (while she left a good sized puddle of paraflu from a leaking water pump)… Despite this mishap we took her out for a spin with me at the right hand seat behind the Motolita optional steering wheel 🛞. As a true British girl she has the drivers seat on the right hand side. I shall need a Δ to affix on the rear side of the car.

The impressions from this albeit short test-drive, were positive! Despite the fact that the car wears really old Pirelli P6 tires, she rides rather well. On the way back to the Garage, I stepped all the way on the gas [i.e. “pedal to the metal”] in order to test the acceleration and the traction of the powerful V12 / 3.5 Litre engine. All that taking place to the horror of my friend George 🥰

The second date was about a week after the first. The time of mobilizing the 1953 Jaguar Mk VII had come and a second test-drive was about begin. The car started without hesitation [cold start test] and Antonio took to himself to manœuvre the big sedan sans Power-Steering, through the narrow exit gate of our premises. Once the car was on the driveway, George took command on the LHS, while I assumed the co-pilot’s position and rôle. After briefly explaining the various functions of switches and the “trafficator’ function, we declared ourselves as Ready to roll. He started the car by turning the ignition switch. Nope I said, ‘you will need to press the starter button’ Vroom off we went. George being a bit overwhelmed by the experience of driving an oldie of 70 years old….We did the same Reece as of last time, but without the exercise of the ‘[pedal to the metal].

In the mean time, Antonio had freed-up the in-house car lift, so we immediately proceeded to position the XJS and raised her up, with a strong flash lite in hand. The two of us scrutinized the undercarriage for at least 30 minutes. The verdict: as all English machinery [both two wheels and four wheel vehicles] they all leak oil. On the positive side, no rust was detected on this low mileage example. The silent blocks need replacement as well as the gear box rubber mount. Also the water pump [George provided a new unit but with one pulley] as well as the four tires size 235/60 R15 needs immediate replacement. Hence I proceeded to source a set of four Michelin XWX’s from the http://www.longstonetires.com based in a Non-Eu country anymore…

A short picture Gallery follows…

More updates will be posted as the restoration work progresses.

My 1953 Jaguar Mk VII is revamped by Dryice & Laser Detailing plus by the conventional Detailing: exterior, interior (carpets, headliner, woodwork, leathers)…

Part 1, the Dryice & Laser Detailing

Part 2, the conventional Detailing: exterior, interior (carpets, headliner, woodwork, leathers).

Gallery

My current Classic & Youngtimer Car Collection

James Dean: “Dream as if I were to live forever. Live as if I were to die today”

2009 Mercedes GLK 300-X204 | IKI-7700 | look here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/beracuda/Kf4Wk2

2007 Porsche 911 Carrera 997.1 | IHM-4341 1 VIN : WP0ZZZ99Z7S700868 | ‘FOR SALE’ | https://flic.kr/s/aHsmMHx8Sm

2004 Mercedes-Benz E240 4Matic [WDB2110801X175907 | 211.080.1X] IBN-2570 look here : https://www.flickr.com/gp/beracuda/os15Y2

1995 Mercedes-Benz E200 CA | W124.060 | YXT-1313 |‘FOR SALE’ look here: trader.com/uk/cars/listing/mercedes-benz/e-class/e-200/1997/266965
1973 M-B 350SE W116.060 | Elpa-I.O. 1654| ‘FOR SALE’ look here : https://www.flickr.com/gp/beracuda/116qqL

1960 20-07-1960 Merecedes-Benz 190 SL | IYZ-6776 [R121.040] for more info click here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/beracuda/7o3bqs

1956 Citroën Traction Avant | EO Filpa-3016 & HE-2452 | ‘FOR SALE’ : https://www.classic-trader.com/uk/cars/listing/citroen/traction-avant/traction-avant-11-bl/1956/267489
1953 Jaguar Mk VII | EO Filpa-1082 | ‘FOR SALE’ : https://www.classic-trader.com/uk/cars/listing/jaguar/mk-vii/mk-vii/1953/152386