If you own any British luxury performance car, or even if you’re just a fan, you’ve thought about what it would be like to own a classic Jaguar. As we’ve mentioned before, we can’t think of another marque anywhere in the world with more past models that are considered true classics than Jaguar.
In fact, if you’re thinking of investing in a vintage Jag, your first problem is choosing which one.
Understanding that we can’t get into the details of individual Jaguar classics in anything short of an encyclopedia, here are a few things to look out for and be prepared to deal with when buying the Jaguar you’ve always wanted.
1. Choose Wisely
We only mention this due to the popularity of many Jaguar models in the classic car market. If you’re thinking of an E-Type or Mark 2, expect to pay a premium. But if you just want to have the pleasure of driving an older Jaguar, you can find many models from the 1980s and 1990s, including the XJS and XK8, that are more reasonably priced.
2. Check for Rust
No, this isn’t a dig at Jaguar’s bodywork. It’s good advice for buying any classic car. But, considering the complexity of the body and chassis designs that gives them their classic looks, and the fact that mechanical parts are relatively easy to find, it’s better to find a car with a solid body that needs mechanical work than the other way around.
3. Maintenance Costs
Even if parts can be found, it doesn’t mean that maintaining your classic will be cheap. With a middling amount of summer driving to enjoy your purchase, you can still expect $1,000 to $2,000 a year in maintenance costs.
4. Running Costs
This just comes down to the fact that most classic Jags were made to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible when gas cost a fraction of what it does today. While modern, normally-aspirated Jaguars are still not stingy on gas, with combined city/highway consumption for a 2017 F-Type rated at 10.4 L/100 KM, here’s real-world evidence that 1969 XKE will guzzle 16 L/100 KM in combined city and highway driving.
If you’re in the market for a classic Jaguar, you’ve got one huge advantage on your side. You know about Westminster Motors! We’ll be happy to take a look at a car you’re considering and give it a full mechanical assessment. We’ll also keep it purring for surprisingly reasonable costs after you buy it too.