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An Artist & Jaguar walk into a bar....

Then & Now. An XJ-S narrative.


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My name is James Love.


We share a love for one of the most tempermental of cat species, the Jaguar XJ-S.


My fondest childhood memory was dad allowing me to steer his mid-80’s XJ-S.


As an adult, I have been an XJ-S owner for 15 years and counting.


I have been a frequent observer, learner and contributor to the various Jaguar forums.


I've been featured on Jay Leno's Garage with my modified 1989 Jaguar XJ-S.


I am NOT an expert.


In fact, half of the time I experimentally carry out a project only to learn along the way. 


I keep the desired outcome in mind until it works.


The following are my sentiments of the Jaguar XJ-S...


No car has captivated the right side of my brain & attention more. 


You may feel the same. 


The XJ-S has an inherently subtle aesthetic. 


"But it's no E-Type" they say.

Your right. 

It's not. 

It's better. 


It may not exhibit "sex" as overtly as the E-Type, nor would I want it to. 


Rather, it's a classy seductress that does take a more evolved mind to apprise it's timeless beauty.


Coventry had successfully encapsulated all of the charm & pedigree with the XJ-S. 


While it's no secret that automakers have drawn design cues from one another, the XJ-S detoured in it's own design direction.


It's bastardized buttress would later come to be appreciated. 

And we do.


It was a brave design, all the while adhering to its mounting safety-hurdles being mandated at the time in the U.S.


At first glance, the 5.3 Litre V-12 power plant was intricate by design. 


It's wiring resembled that of the space shuttle systems for those who aren't familiar. 


You may say it's a mess. 


I say it was ahead of it's time and brilliant.


A sophisticated engine for those with a sophisticated mind. 


The abnormally large V12 emblem sported on the rear hatch threatens other drivers. 


A witness of an XJ-S now becomes a victim. 


They struggle to hide their covetous feelings as the XJ-S graces them. 


A hypnotic magnetism commences within them.  


It’s presence felt long after it’s wake. 


Enough of my thoughts.


Why did I make this BLOG?


Because I truly love these cars.


You do NOT need to be a mechanic to work on your XJ-S. 


Do not be discouraged. The online Jaguar community is generally very helpful. 


Read my BLOG and take note of my trials and tribulations on various projects. 


I will only write about what I know and have tried. I will not speculate.


I established this as a basis for which to draw reference, and I hope by sharing, that I can help you succeed with your project.

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