Dhaller

Advanced Member
A Jaguar from the '30's. I don't know the exact model.
I believe that's an SS90.

SS Cars would later change it's name to Jaguar Cars in 1945, though the SS cars themselves were called "Jaguar" after 1935. Note the car predates the "leaping" hood ornament.

When I was casting about for cars to restore in my youth, I *almost* bought a 1952 Jaguar XK120, which I still think is one of the prettiest cars ever. My uncle dissuaded me, citing Jaguar's (then) notorious reputation for unreliability. I bought the Healey instead. I think the Jag - in dire need of TLC - was priced at $5000 or so, well north of my budget at the time.

I still regret not having a go at it! Attached, a bit of '52 XK porn:

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DH
 

irish95

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
I had a 2004 Jaguar XKR. It was styled after the XKE and after the warranty ended it became a true Jaguar. The service manager became my new "best" friend, but it was one wonderful car to drive.
 

Fading Fast

Connoisseur
When I was in college, I drove an Austin Healey 2+2 (a '62, I think?), which I'd bought cheap (as one could back in the 80s); it existed in a state of perpetual restoration.

If you walked towards it, you started smelling it (a mixed aroma of gasoline, oil, and Old British Engine) from about fifteen feet away, and it was as noise as a motorcycle. I don't recall ever having the top up, though I must have driven it in the rain at some point (though I had current model 5-series BMW which was the reliable-ish daily driver/rain/snow car, so maybe not.)

It was two-toned, something like the attached pic, only much less pristine.

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After retiring it, I looked at a Volvo P1800, which appealed to me because that's what The Saint drove, but never pulled the trigger on it; I bought a BMW 2002 instead. You used to be able to get really interesting, affordable classics "pre-Internet" (when you were only really competing with local buyers), and they were perfect if you knew your way around a ratchet & socket set.

(The above-depicted Austin-Healey sold for $69,000! I think I bought mine for $500...)

DH

Great car, even better story - thank you for sharing it.
 

Dhaller

Advanced Member
TR3, I think?

My mother drove a red Triumph TR4, which by then had lost the "wasp body" of the TR3. Previously she drove a Ford Falcon, but when she married my father she adopted his Anglophilic ways, and "upgraded" to the Triumph.

When I was little, I used to wear a pith helmet around (obviously destined to be an AAAC forum poster), and I also used to stand on the front seat of the Triumph *as my mother was driving it*, my hands on the top rim of the windshield, so my head was in the wind stream. This was "pre safety" of course. Car seats? seat belts? what are those?

Anyway, once we were zipping along, me in my pith helmet enjoying the breeze, and *whoosh!* a quick gust blew the pith helmet from my head. It was never seen again.

One of my early memories!

DH
 

Oldsarge

Moderator and Bon Vivant
TR3, I think?

My mother drove a red Triumph TR4, which by then had lost the "wasp body" of the TR3. Previously she drove a Ford Falcon, but when she married my father she adopted his Anglophilic ways, and "upgraded" to the Triumph.

When I was little, I used to wear a pith helmet around (obviously destined to be an AAAC forum poster), and I also used to stand on the front seat of the Triumph *as my mother was driving it*, my hands on the top rim of the windshield, so my head was in the wind stream. This was "pre safety" of course. Car seats? seat belts? what are those?

Anyway, once we were zipping along, me in my pith helmet enjoying the breeze, and *whoosh!* a quick gust blew the pith helmet from my head. It was never seen again.

One of my early memories!

DH
Utterly priceless! I had a pith helmet once, even wore it on safari! This turned out to be a really silly idea because in the bush they're incredibly noisy. Felt hats are much better. Anyway, the poodle ate it. I see TAG is once again manufacturing the model I favor. Maybe I need a replacement . . .
 

Dhaller

Advanced Member
Oh, yes, the 1962 Corvette. That one might have a lowered suspension? (probably a street race enthusiast.)

My uncle drove one (can you tell we're a Car Family?) until he got into muscle cars (for years after he drove - if you can use such a timid word - a heavily souped '74 Plymouth Barracuda he called "The Beast", which we actually recently found again, beautifully restored, in the hands of a collector (my uncle died about 10 years ago). The car pictured is the actual car now (it was gunmetal grey when he drove it), restored, with some folks standing nearby (I guess the new owners). I had a lot of fun memories in that car, but as a purist, he didn't have air conditioning in it, so summer drives into the Ozarks could be... challenging.

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I ran into a guy at my bank a few years ago who was restoring a '62 'vette. One of my bucket list items.

DH
 

eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
Oh, yes, the 1962 Corvette. That one might have a lowered suspension? (probably a street race enthusiast.)

My uncle drove one (can you tell we're a Car Family?) until he got into muscle cars (for years after he drove - if you can use such a timid word - a heavily souped '74 Plymouth Barracuda he called "The Beast", which we actually recently found again, beautifully restored, in the hands of a collector (my uncle died about 10 years ago). The car pictured is the actual car now (it was gunmetal grey when he drove it), restored, with some folks standing nearby (I guess the new owners). I had a lot of fun memories in that car, but as a purist, he didn't have air conditioning in it, so summer drives into the Ozarks could be... challenging.

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I ran into a guy at my bank a few years ago who was restoring a '62 'vette. One of my bucket list items.

DH
Your uncles 74 Barracuda reminds me of my first brand new car, a 1972 "souped for speed" Dodge Challenger R/T, a joy to drive/ride and a "Babe Magnet" for sure. But alas, I was young and stupid and did I say financially foolish, paying far more to insure the Beast than I paid to buy it new, over the 10 years that I owned the car. I eventually sold this first automotive love of mine and bought my first pick-up truck. LOL, some of us just never learn! ;) Thank you for a pleasant trip down memory lane.
 
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