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Published May 7, 2014
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The Toronto Star for Wheels.ca

The car: 1993 XJS Jaguar Convertible
The owners: Gerald and Debbi Harper, Abbotsford, B.C.
The story: Gerald Harper looked for his classic Jaguar for more than 20 years, from California to Hawaii to Arizona, but finally found it just minutes from his home in Abbotsford, B.C.

“When I saw this car, I knew she was it. Unfortunately someone else did, too, and had first dibbs on the car,” Gerald recalls.

“I tried to forget the Jag but, four months later, the owner changed her mind, decided to sell, and the car was in my garage a day later.”

The classic convertible boasts a six-cylinder, 250-horsepower engine, an early-’90s mobile phone on the dashboard, and a five-disc CD player hidden in the trunk.

“We drive the Jag whenever we get the chance, although it does rain the odd time in the Vancouver area,” says Gerald.

When that happens, he and his wife, Debbi, go skydiving out of their single-engine Porter airplane.

But with the rainy season over in B.C., they are looking forward to getting the Jag out of the garage and back on the road.

“There is nothing better than driving through the mountains with the top down,” Gerald says.

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Vehicle Image
    • Price: $123,900

    MSRP

    • Price: $32,900
    • Price: $54,500
    • Price: $41,400
    • Engine: 4.7 V8 G
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: AT
    • Drive Type: RWD
    • Cylinder: 8
    • Transmission Speed: -

    Performance

    • Engine: 1.6 I4 G
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: -
    • Drive Type: FWD
    • Cylinder: 4
    • Transmission Speed: 6
    • Engine: 2.5 I5 G
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: AT
    • Drive Type: FWD
    • Cylinder: 5
    • Transmission Speed: 5
    • Engine: 3.0 I6 G
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: -
    • Drive Type: RWD
    • Cylinder: 6
    • Transmission Speed: 6
    • City: 12.7
    • Highway: 8.1
    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 20/20

    Fuel Economy

    • City: 7.9
    • Highway: 5.8
    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 13/13
    • City: 11.8
    • Highway: 7
    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 16/16
    • City: 11.4
    • Highway: 7.4
    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 14/14
    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes

    Safety

    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes
    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes
    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes
    • Sunroof: No
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: Yes
    • Cruise: Yes
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Climate Control: Yes
    • Steering Wheel Controls: Yes
    • Power Mirrors: Yes

    Comfort & Convenience

    • Sunroof: No
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: No
    • Power Seats: No
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: No
    • Cruise: Yes
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: No
    • Heated Seats: No
    • Climate Control: Yes
    • Steering Wheel Controls: Yes
    • Power Mirrors: Yes
    • Sunroof: No
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: No
    • Cruise: Yes
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Climate Control: Yes
    • Steering Wheel Controls: Yes
    • Power Mirrors: Yes
    • Sunroof: No
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: No
    • Power Seats: No
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: No
    • Cruise: Yes
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Climate Control: Yes
    • Steering Wheel Controls: Yes
    • Power Mirrors: Yes
    • Max. Seating: 2
    • Number of Doors: 2
    • Seats: 2
    • Power Adjustable Seats: Yes
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes

    Interior

    • Max. Seating: 2
    • Number of Doors: 2
    • Seats: 2
    • Power Adjustable Seats: No
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Max. Seating: 4
    • Number of Doors: 2
    • Seats: 4
    • Power Adjustable Seats: Yes
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Max. Seating: 4
    • Number of Doors: 2
    • Seats: 4
    • Power Adjustable Seats: No
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Awards: -

    Awards

    • Awards: -
    • Awards: -
    • Awards: Residual Value Awards - Near Luxury Car, 2012-02-16

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