2012 Jaguar XF: Feeding an Unhealthy Obsession
November 05, 2012
Somewhere over the last couple of months my passing interest in Jaguar E-Types has grown into a full-blown obsession. I don't know why. I won't question it. But I fear the consequences.
Having our long-term XF Supercharged hasn't helped. Yes, yes, yes, I know, these are not the same car. They're as far away as cars get, but it's still a Jag and even this modern luxury-focused example makes me feel special.
So here I am, sitting in front of my monitor, browsing the classic car classifieds. The prices for a Series I E-Type fluctuate wildly, but it seems like one in the condition I'm seeking is in the $70-grand range. It just so happens that our XF Supercharged is around the same price, too.
So that gets me thinking (and that's never a good thing). Which would you rather have? On one hand, you have power, modern conveniences, doors that seal, an engine that starts, power, a quiet ride, iPod connectivity, power, air conditioning, rear seats and power. But, you see, I don't care.
An E-Type is just plain sexy. And like a lot of sexy things, it's probably a giant pain in the butt. Then again, I subscribe to the notion that everything in the universe is temporary, so I might as well enjoy life while I can. I'm not sure how I'll be able to swing this, but mark my words, I will.
So where do you fall? Modern luxury, or classic and temperamental?
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 13,680 miles