This 1963 Jaguar Mark II “has no drive train ,interior , grill . rear window. Has 5 wire wheels in good condition.” All that–and a few deceased rodents–could be yours for the low, low price of $300.
The question is, are you crazy enough to want it?
Just imagine all the good times you can have, pushing this car around in your driveway while making XK6 noises. Vroom!
The five wire wheels ought to be worth something–and there’s probably plenty of other parts here worth saving as well.
But I suspect that only the truly certifiable would see this as anything more than a parts car. (Leaky tanks? Pfft. Fuel delivery will be the least of your problems if you take this one on.)
Sure, it’s fun to look at, and it’s fun to imagine it in its former glory. But if you’re even momentarily entertaining thoughts of restoring something like this–well, you’re far more ambitious than I.
If you can’t think of a better way to blow
$350 $300, swing on by the Minneapolis craigslist and begin planning your journey to beautiful Hastings, Minnesota (preferably before the end of your temporary lapse of sanity, and subsequent thoughts of pushing it into the river). Don’t forget to send me some pictures!
Parts car,the glass still looks OK.My favourite Jaguar saloon though the MkX comes close.I could see myself driving one of these,the girlfriend of an East End hardman like Jason Statham
Colour drains from face at the thought….
Seriously though, you wouldn’t restore it, but you would be able to get more than $300 worth of spares off it. If the grille is intact it would be a bargain, and those bumpers look decent too.
I knew the UK’s Heritage Lottery Fund grants had a true purpose, and you’ve found it!
Oh yes ! If the shell isn’t too rusty I’ll have it. Had a Mk 11 in my youth, but it had spent too much time on British and German roads and was afflicted by the rust-bug. This one just needs a donor car maybe…
And oh how I yearned for wire wheels on mine.
This one just needs a donor car maybe…
If this compost-heap-in-progress were the project car, I’d hate to see what the donor car would look like.
Perhaps a basis for some Yard Art ! Paint it, put some fake windows in it w/a planter box with field flowers in the roof and a figure of Snoopy in his WW 1 gear on the roof…endless possibilities – shine the heck out of those spokes !!
If the chassis is still intact and solid, I’d get rid of the rodents and the shit they leave behind. I’d also replace the electrical wiring, since the rats have more than likely eaten away at the wiring. But other than that, it looks like a good restoration project if you have the money, the patience, the desire, and the know-how to do it. The most important things I would think would be to make it driveable, and safe to drive on the road.
Never underestimate the power of Minnesota road salt. (We’re talking pounds per mile, per person, every winter.)
heh…I helped talk down a guy on a Packard forum last week.
He was eyeballing a 56 Executive 2 door hardtop. Rare! Only about 1,000 built. Packard’s last gasp! Executives were built in the spring of 56, just before the plant closed. Cheap! Seller asking $1,000
Not only was there no drivetrain, the entire front clip was gone. Who knows how much else stripped, and some probably unobtanium.
After a few days of consideration, and about a half dozen of us saying “run away”, he passed.
Lemme just talk to the wife. Back in a sec….
Uh, oh. I hope we hear from Don again some day…
Anyone have a spare chassis with drivetrain that could take this body? It looks like it *could* be solid and most of the glass is there, plus that glorious sliding sunroof.
Jaguar Rat Rod. It can be done! By someone who is not me.
They aren’t a separate chassis. I think the structure under the rear seats where the rear suspension mounts is one of the make-or-break areas for these, and I bet it is not great on this car.
Then again if you have panel and carpentry fab skills, a ‘rat rod’ using near-enough substitutes like a Chev straight six might be possible with out spending too much actual money, just a lot of time. Just depends on the rust underneath.
That was my thought as well. All that’s left here is a skin to put on a Hot Rod project of other new(er) parts.
I am thinking parts car and scrapping the rest since I have no attraction to Jaguars in this shape.
–Cool looking classic car
–impractical to restore
–too nice to part out
Sounds like a recipe for a rat rod to me!
Not just no….
I restored a 1972 Ford Maverick that was in that kind of condition and it went on to get three awards at car shows! In restoring any car, all you need to start with is a solid body on a good, sturdy frame. And what seems like a miracle can be accomplished with a little bit of hard but fun work, time, money and patience.
I know anything can be restored if a person is determined to do so… and I can certainly respect all the work that goes into restoring something that would otherwise be considered “too far gone”.
But in the case of this Jag, I suspect its last day on the road has come and gone.
Let’s see. Slap that body on a Blazer chassis, add some Super Swamper rubber…………
Not that crazy…
That car is toast. It’s barely a parts car.
Aren’t the 5 wires worth at least $300? Hell, couldn’t you sell them to someone at least 2x’s that and scrap the rest? Its a no brainer. If it was closer….
LeMons endurance racer material!
The thought did cross my mind 😉
Runs great! Well, it DID…in 1982.
Ran when parked, indeed! Too bad the motor and tranny came out after its last parking.
Yup, I’m crazy enough to want it. It’s less rusty than my TR4 was.
However I’m old enough to know I shouldn’t..
Pull all the glass and chrome bits, wheels, bumpers, steering wheel, handles, brake parts, suspension pieces, anything small that looks useable. Call the metal scrapper. Put the rest on E-Bay and/or Craigslist or a Jag website. If you have the time, there’s money to be made.
Nobody’s mentioned the rear suspension yet?
A live axle on this one, in a kind of 4-link setup with the leaf springs serving as the lower link.
The “G” is worth $100.00 and the “B” is worth $200.00. The rest is priceless! That means you get your money’s worth.
Joke aside: this car should be bought for that price and parted out. There is no shame in this. It’s an organ donor that keeps others alive.
…….luggage rack $100
steering wheel $50
I love the Jags ever since I helped my friend Will restoring his S-Type.
I brought home an Austin America in similar condition. By the time I came to my senses, I had two more!? Does Jay Leno have one?
I looked at this car a few weeks ago. The seller was very nice, but the car was very rough.
Whenever I come across cars like this I think “hmm if I can borrow my friends welder and get a motor trans out of *something* at pick n pull, this would be a really fun car to run the rest of the way into the ground” Luckly I usually come to my senses as I’m dialing the sellers number.
One of those crazy LeMons racers would have a field day with that thing.
It could be fixed up into a non-running prop for the Inspector Morse TV series…which wrapped up filming 14 years ago, when the car may still have been running.
They wouldn’t have needed a non-running prop. The car used in Morse was by all accounts a first class heap that consisted mostly of filler and frequently had to be push started. And I always wondered what sins that vinyl roof was hiding
It has subsequently been restored at huge expense, but reputedly when the series ended it was offered to John Thaw (who offscreen always had Jags). He said No, and not very politely either.
As to the featured car, it takes me back to my schooldays in the late 70s when Mk 2 Jags were very much old bangers like any other, and most of the running ones looked like this. For $300 though, and if I had the space, I’d buy it, remove all useful parts (wheels, glass, boot rack, Webasto roof which should recover nicely), put it in the garden, fill with earth and grow veg in it. It would make a good conversation piece and gratifyingly upset the neighbours.
Filler or whatever, it’s that car that makes the guy look important!
I’ve never seen this show, but somehow I want to say “British Columbo”?
Spank? Over here, dude. We just found your next 24Hrs of Lemons IOE entrant…
Send it to my doctor in Hastings NZ and in a couple of months it would be a shiny newly built Beacham Jaguar on sale in England with warranty.
big block Chevy. tube front axle. huge rear slicks…the world’s only Jaguar gasser!
Someone already built one of these with a full tube frame, powered by a twin turbo small block. It’s been in the Hot Rod Pump Gas Drags, as well as the Power Tour.
One of these with an I6 Chevy engine and tranny came through my local rip off ‘ charity auction ‘ place last month , I tried to bid on it but as usual, the @$$holes running the place back doored it like they do anything desirable .