Perhaps because it was Jaguar's longest-running model ever, there are not only lots of examples of the XJ-S around, there are lots of terrible specimens to trap the unwary. With the youngest car now over ten years old, most XJ-S cars have long since dropped out of the dealer network and good examples are climbing in price but need to be sifted out from amongst the poor examples - often superficially dressed to sell. This book takes the fear out of buying one of these quick complex cars, by providing a checklist for common problem areas, followed by the core section taking readers methodically through each system in detail and scoring them to arrive at an objective numerical assessment of the car's condition to support a decision to buy or walk away. Short of employing an XJ-S expert to do the inspection for you, there is no safer way to avoid buying a bad car and end up with the vehicle of your dreams that lives up to expectations rather than becoming a money pit for the unwary.
From the first moment I first paddled down the lane on a repaired abandoned Vespa in '68, I was hooked on the internal combustion engine. Next came an NSU Quickly with scored chrome plated cylinder and then a Triumph Tiger Cub Sports, bought for £7.00 pounds as a combined Christmas and birthday present. Pushing that non-runner seven miles home was a labour of pure love and as a fourteen year old I couldn't have been prouder. Many lessons were learned with that fine little bike, on which I eventually passed my test and reached the dizzy speeds of some 75 mph (after following the tuning advice issued by Triumph themselves). That was the start of a lifelong enjoyment of Coventry-made vehicles, working through the whole Triumph range and nowadays encompassing Jaguars too.
Along the way, countless other British bikes have been used, abused, rebuilt and raced and those skills have transferred nicely over to Jaguars, from multiple E-types, two D-type replicas (with a third on the way) and all shades of XJ and XJ-S from early to late. My business is pharmaceutical and medical writing, so extending my hobby interest into writing about bikes and cars for magazines, and now Veloce Books, has been a real pleasure. If any of my writing brings a smile to your face or helps you enjoy the classic vehicle hobby, then I'll regard the work as having been well worthwhile. Have fun!