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Mickey Richaud
Mickey Richaud
Townsend TN
(172 posts)

Registered:
08/25/2015 06:36AM

Main British Car:
'69 BGT GM 3.4

Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: Mickey Richaud
Date: June 17, 2019 07:47PM

Janet has a new toy. And I have a couple of MGBs that will be needing a new home.

After much deliberation and see-sawing, we decided to look for a car that we can both drive and enjoy. I restored the '73 B several years ago for Janet, but she's only driven it a couple of times. Way back when, she drove manual transmissions, but has gotten "lazy" and spoiled with automatics. So, we started talking about finding something she'd like, and the XK was tops on her list.

We found this one locally, an '03 model, and at first thought it was really too good to be true. But true it is! Less than 17,000 miles on it, and absolutely pristine. Owned by an elderly couple who bought it in '05 with 4500 miles on it back then. A two-owner car, and the second owner put less than 13,000 miles on it in 14 years.

So, the '73 Black Tulip convertible will be on the market soon, as well as my '69 GT V6 conversion. Not a decision made in haste - I have really enjoyed building these two cars and driving them - especially the GT! But I now have the TF replica to play with, and the XK8 is one fantastic machine!
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kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(932 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

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Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: June 17, 2019 08:08PM

Great looking car, Mickey. Both of you will be very pleased. Learning the "Bell & Whistles" will take a while. Just remember it is a 2003 and components age whether they are driven or not . Enjoy the ride!


Mickey Richaud
Mickey Richaud
Townsend TN
(172 posts)

Registered:
08/25/2015 06:36AM

Main British Car:
'69 BGT GM 3.4

Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: Mickey Richaud
Date: June 18, 2019 07:25AM

Thanks, Kelly. Janet drove it home yesterday and had the biggest smile I've seen on her in quite a while! And, yes, there are so many gadgets we have to learn about. But that's half the fun!


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3789 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: June 18, 2019 10:42AM

Ha, it wasn't driven cause they didn't want to clean the interior. ;)

Very nice. I could drive one of those.


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
(972 posts)

Registered:
11/06/2007 01:55PM

Main British Car:
1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: Dan B
Date: June 18, 2019 12:31PM

Post prices and other information so we can share about your Bs. Congratulations on the kitty. It should be a lot of fun.


Mickey Richaud
Mickey Richaud
Townsend TN
(172 posts)

Registered:
08/25/2015 06:36AM

Main British Car:
'69 BGT GM 3.4

Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: Mickey Richaud
Date: June 18, 2019 03:01PM

Carl - you may be right about cleaning the interior. But the ivory leather is perfect.

Dan - thanks. I'm working on deciding what to ask for each of them. Pretty tough exercise, as there's so much of "me" in both of them and it's hard to stay objective.


RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
(525 posts)

Registered:
12/09/2007 12:28PM

Main British Car:
1974 MGB Sebring GT, 3.9 Rover V8

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Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: June 18, 2019 03:24PM

Hmmmmm..do I see a trend here? Kelly and now Mickey are now among the exclusive JAAAGGG-U- AAAAR elite! (along with Merv of course) Given that their status has been elevated to such heights...I am surprised they are still willing to be seen with us...chuckle...


Mickey Richaud
Mickey Richaud
Townsend TN
(172 posts)

Registered:
08/25/2015 06:36AM

Main British Car:
'69 BGT GM 3.4

Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: Mickey Richaud
Date: June 18, 2019 04:49PM

Mike: "elevated status" in this instance = AGE!


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3789 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: June 18, 2019 07:38PM

What's that joke about the difference between a porcupine & a Jag owner? Oh yeah, I think that was for Porsche & BMW owners. ;)



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BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5830 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: June 18, 2019 07:56PM

Add Ken to that group too. His "R" moves out smartly. Wouldn't mind considering that myself.

Jim


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3789 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: June 18, 2019 09:16PM

Ken Nicks? Oh, I can' wait to tell him that joke. :)


RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
(525 posts)

Registered:
12/09/2007 12:28PM

Main British Car:
1974 MGB Sebring GT, 3.9 Rover V8

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Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: June 18, 2019 09:23PM

As Mickey so poigantly points out...AGE seems to be the underlying reason for some of us transitioning to more "more civilized" sports/performance vehicles....in my case the Arkleys and Brunton Stalker are long gone...now down to my mgbgt...still really enjoy it but do not drive it as much...might be the reason I purchased an inexpensive z3 last year as a "go to" sports car...just musing...


Merv
Merv Hagen
IL
(104 posts)

Registered:
05/21/2008 05:48PM

Main British Car:
1980 MGB Buick 215 T-5 Trans

Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: Merv
Date: June 20, 2019 09:31PM

Mickey, I understand that you move WAY WAY UP THERE in class when you own a JAAAGGG-U- AAAAR.


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1478 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: mowog1
Date: June 21, 2019 01:05AM

Pete Mantell also has an XK8.

And........we have XK8 wheels on the Roadmaster.


Mickey Richaud
Mickey Richaud
Townsend TN
(172 posts)

Registered:
08/25/2015 06:36AM

Main British Car:
'69 BGT GM 3.4

Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: Mickey Richaud
Date: June 21, 2019 06:37AM

Touche', M'sieur Merv!


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5830 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: June 21, 2019 09:44AM

Not to mention XJ6 rear suspension. (Which I also have on my MGB btw.)

But there's no denying, Jaguar has made some downright sexy cars. Still and all for the most part they are vastly improved with a Buick cardiac transplant.

Jim


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