Despite popular opinion, today Good price or no dice The Jaguar 420 was not named after the number of blackbirds that could be baked in a pie. Let’s see if the price is such that only a bird brain would buy it.
The 1995 Dodge Viper ST/10 we watched yesterday was painted in a rare emerald green from factory. Many of you have commented that the color is the rarity was for good reason, noting that it wouldn’t be your first choice for the iconic sports car. At $39,500 asking, this color couldn’t appease the Viper’s other lust, lower attributes, earning the ASP a narrow but decisive 60% win over Nice Price.
Today 1967 Jaguar 420 is also green, although a more minty shade than British Racing Green. This Is raise a small enigma: whether classic sedans have the same cachet as old sports cars.
Jaguar launched the 420 at the London Motor Show in October 1966. The model is based on the competing S-Type, itself derived from the old and popular Mark 2. As with these two cars, the 420 was equipped with a double carburettor. version of Jag’s stellar DOHC inline-six under its hood. Like the S-Type, it chargesof the engine power through an independent rear suspension similar (but with a wider track) to that of the XKE.
At the time of its production, from 1966 to 1968, the 420 would be one of four saloon models offered by Jaguar, the highest number in the brand’s history, until today. And that’s not even counting Daimler models designed with badges. All of these Jag sedans would eventually be replaced by the XJ series with the start of the showdown in 1968.
The 420 name refers to the 4.2 liter edition of the Jag six that was fitted to the car and not a mystical reference to marijuana nor as noted above the amount of pie bound blackbirds rendered famous in Sing a Sixpence song (and yes, I know that four and twenty means 24, not 420, but work with me, that’s a good pun). The name also allowed Jaguar to align the model with the larger 420G which was a renamed version of the existing Mark X.
This 420 has 66,000 miles on the odometer. Amazingly, it comes with its original importer sell sheet showing its options like Borg Warner 3-speed automatic transmission, Marles Varamatic intelligent power steering, chrome wire wheels, original whitewall tires and tinted windows.
The ad describes the car as a one-owner time capsule and claims it is “as is”, claiming that “no attempt has been made to burn the car as this would diminish it in the eyes of true collectors of survivors”. Vehicles.” The Willow Green paint still looks usable and the car rolls on what are likely its original wire wheels. Wrap the wires are, yes, whitewall tires.
These wheels are counterfeits, which means that they mount on a splined hub and are held in place with a screw cap, not that they are counterfeits made by another company.
Jag cabins from the 60s can be splendid and this one is no exception. wood, leather, and the plastics all appear to be in very good condition with no issues. Under the hood, the engine seems to have all its parts although it needs some spitting and polishing.
As noted, this is the twin-carburetor 4.2-liter version of the six. This was factory rated at 245 horsepower (gross), which works out to something like 200 net. That’s not bad for a car of that era, especially when considering that a contemporary Ford 289 V8 with a four-barrel carburetor produced 225 horsepower. For maintenance, the car is delivered with its complete tool kit in the trunk, resting comfortably in the grip of the spare tire well.
According to the advert, the car is an “excellent example of racing and driving” and comes with a clean title and current registration. The question on everyone’s mind, of course, is what should something like this reasonably be used for?
This brings us back to the debate over sedans versus sports cars when it comes to spending hard cash. Does this classic Jag lose points for being a sedan? Or is it exciting and engaging enough to be desirable on its own? Specifically, does its asking price of $17,450 match that opportunity?
What do you say, could this Jag command that requested $17,450 as is? Or, does this price put the cat back in the bag?
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