20th Sep 2016, 13:42
Great review, and oh so true. They really are so individual.
To any one thinking of buying a Celebration, they were all UK 4ltr cars RHD. 6 ltr cars were not Celebrations, neither were LHD cars of any engine size. The AJ16 engine, provided it gets regular oil changes, is capable of very high mileages, 300k is perfectly possible before major problems may raise their heads.
Bodywork is the main problem, and rust. Even inconspicuous places like the two panels either side of the windscreen wipers are problem areas. Any rust bubbles that go under the windscreen means that your dashboard is hanging on by a thread. These panels are no longer available either. Any rust anywhere on the buttresses means the car is ready for the scrapyard, as it will have spread to the rear axle mounting points. Rear radius arms are made from paper mache, or seem to be! These are still made though and are an easy replacement. As the roof drain holes finish by just pouring out onto the main front wing holder, check these carefully as it will rust from the inside out. Finally, front subframes... they rust at the upper spring turret, which you can't see unless you get underneath with a torch.
Interiors... the driver's seat bolster wears very quickly, many headlinings can sag. Wooden ski slopes, where the gear-lever is, can crack, but all of these are available as replacements.
If you do buy one, remember, Jaguar dealer service history means that the previous owners had more money than sense... speaking from experience where my own Celebration was serviced by a previous owner at Jag main dealer where they filled the diff with normal diff oil. Should be Limited Slip and resulted in a blown diff. £600 later and a recon diff fitted, the car is a dream. So buy with your head, not your heart.
Martin Gliddon, XJS Club.