Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day: What Would You Get For Your Dad?

My old man has this terrible habit of buying aged diesel Mercedes-Benz sedans and then driving them until the wheels fall off.  I think the current one has 450,000 miles on the clock, and while his years as a traveling salesman are long gone, his desire to breath diesel fumes and go slow is not.  I'd love to get him out of the German tank and into something like this '89 Jaguar XJS V12 offered for $16,500 on San Diego craigslist that came as a tip from fueltruck.  What about you, what do you think your old man should drive?  And happy Father's day to all!

The Jaguar XJS is far too often stripped of its sonorous V12 and forced to make do with a Chevy 350 mated to the stock GM TH400 slushbox, but not today. This one is still powered by the gloriously complex 5.3 liter Jaguar V12 that was rated at something in the 250 horsepower range for the US consumer. 

What about you?  What would you get for Pop?  Comments below.


  1. For father's day I get to wrench on my son's car. He is married and has two kids now. He still has his first car from high school. Link: 1977 Pontiac Grand Prix
    About this Jag-U-are... It is priced at the top of the market for 60K miles but I sure like it. I bet you could get this for $9K. Change EVERY flexible fuel line and enjoy it until something major goes wrong with the engine. Then do a Chevy swap!

  2. I'd get a '76 '02 tii for the old man. It'd have to be some modest color like Chamonix or Polaris, with beige fabric.

    He bought an '02 brand new in '76. I still have fond memories of that car. It was a 4-speed base model, Malaga red over black vinyl. He had been considering a VW Dasher, but (much to his credit) he opted for the more expensive Bimmer instead. I can only assume that our VW 411 had left a bad taste in his mouth. The only option I can recall was A/C. That system was the only real trouble he had with the car. It somehow managed to be ineffective, heavy and unreliable all at the same time.

    A few years back I asked him what his favorite car had been. He immediately responded: "That old two-thousand-two was the best car I ever had. It was light, quick and fun to drive. My only regret was not being able to afford the tii instead."

  3. I'd get his XJS-predecessor back on the road - a 1953 Jaguar XK120 FHC, as seen in my spitfire for sale seller sub back in April.

  4. Like Rene, things are going the other way these days. My son and I worked on his daily driver all day Friday. It was nice to share the benefit of some experience, while capitalizing on the available muscle.

    While my dad was still with us, I always wanted to buy him a Model T Ford, cuz that is where his car story started, back on the homestead on the Canadian Prairies in the 1920s. Oh, he had stories.... Happy Father's Day Dad, I know you're watching.

  5. For dad...I would give him an entire LeMons weekend where the engine didn't misfire or throw a rod. I'd give him a bottle of anti-red mist, to be consumed immediately before strapping in. I'd buy him bionic hands so his own joints wouldn't ache so bad after every day at work. I'd give him every ounce of my attention to make up for all the ignorance I showed him when I was a stupid kid. I'd give him his jacket back that I took and lost that Halloween. I'd give him the sanctity that comes with knowing that he did a good job, and he has nothing to regret because he did his best, regardless of circumstances or obstacles or perception. I'd give him love.

  6. I'm not sure which I would give him, as he likes both, but the one that edges out is probably a '55 T-bird. He has wanted one for a while, or it could be a S1 E-type dhc.




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