Passing The Hat: Deartháir's Eleanor
Around this time last year, we ran a series of articles about what was our phantom Eleanor, that car that we’ve always lusted after, that car we’ve come so close to owning, or have wanted to own for so long that it is starting to feel like a unicorn, always just managing to elude us.
For me, you may recall, that car was a Mk II Jaguar.
Well, because he is an evil bastard, our own Mr. Scroggs felt it necessary to tempt me over the weekend with this particularly choice eBay auction that, at the time of writing, still bears a reasonable bidding price, although the reserve is not yet met. Now we’re all familiar with eBay auctions, replete with Comic Sans, claiming that they have the best car for sale EVAR, speaking in wholly exaggerated terms about the stupendousness of their vehicle’s performance. This seller makes similar lofty claims, but makes them in such a way that there seems no bluff, bluster or bravado involved. The interior, he claims, is not new, but virtually flawless. The exterior paint, flawless. The mechanicals and electricals, flawless, despite all odds. And the seller seems to know how lofty his claims must be, as he offers the name of the mechanic involved in its restoration, offers any proof required, and invites buyers to see for themselves.
These are, as I’m no doubt you’ll agree, all the things that the buyer of a classic car wants to hear. But is it too good to be true? One cannot help but also get the feeling that this is certainly not this seller’s first kick at the can. It almost seems that the seller has learned every phrase that will make a buyer jump, and seems eager to put all of them in his ad together. This is either the greatest Jaguar one could hope to find, or one of the slickest salesmen ever.
Regardless, I don’t have the cash to buy it. But I will gratefully accept donations towards my cause of owning the one car that has always topped my most-desirable list, and remains on my list of cars I absolutely must, no questions, no alternatives, must own before I die.
Anyone? Anyone? Donations? Anyone?