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As I have said elsewhere, I am thinking of buying an older Jaguar/Daimler as a ‘weekend’ car. Great for retirement. The  problem is that it would have to stay outside on my drive because it won’t fit in my garage.

I would be very interested to know if anybody on the forum has any experience of  car covers? Do they work, do they not work.? Do they ‘sweat’ do they not ‘sweat’? Do they encourage rust, do they not encourage rust? Is their usually enough air flow to keep the car dry and rust free?

Is it worth me investing in a good quality cover for the winter,  or would the car be better off left in the open air? Any opinions, or experience would be gratefully received, because I have never used one.

Many thanks.




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Hi John

I used one years ago on an Austin Healey Sprite and it damaged the paint wherever it touched the body also it tended to sweat. No doubt they've moved on a bit in the intervening 20 odd years so it'll be interesting to see what people think of them now.


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Hi John,

from my experience, they worked if the car was in a garage and thus dry, but outside agree with Peter. Did nothing but trap moisture which is not good long term for paint or chassis.

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Hi  I bought a 'MONSOON' which is a dedicated to car model shape cover for my Austin A40 when I had to leave it outside over a winter. Had no trouble with paint marking ect plus it is soft lined with pockets for wing mirrors and nylon straps which go under the car so it can't blow and flap around, Plus it has built in flaps that auto vents air between the cover and car body. My car is still in its original factory 1959 cellulose but I have heard tales they can leave white marks on refurbished paints and water based paints. These MONSOON covers are not cheap but are of an excellent quality and tailored fit. On the downside you need to be a !Removed! trying to refold and packing it after use! 

Points awarded for guessing the censored !Removed! word :shock: M???ch??t  :innocent: Clue: Unless you resprayed your Jaguar with lots of aerosols it shouldn't end up 50 shades of grey.


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Thanks for that Paul, I appreciate it.

I've just found the one for a LWB Jag on line for £135. If I can find a sutable  LWB Jag/Daimler,  I might just get one ready for next winter.  It can get rough up here in Newcastle!

Many thanks.




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Plenty of replies are full of negatives? But no one has used a modern fabric type! Yes I agree with the comments if using a plastic based cover. I live out on the marsh by the Wash and as there's nothing to break the wind as its flat and lays 3 feet below sea level, I get the full force of storm force winds off the North sea These modern covers are made of soft heavy duty nylon on the outside and the inner is like a nylon velour fabric and are a made to measure excellent fit. Once fitted for a day or so adjust it to snugly fit the cars contours and pull the elastic skirt down over the front and rear valances and re-tighten the nylon straps that go under the car (these come with protection pieces for the sills if needed) If the car is clean and polished and the velour is not placed when fitting or removing where it can get grit then the paint should be ok. So unless you have a garage? Your between the devil and the deep blue sea! Either suffer the possibilities of a few minor paint marks under a cover or let the sun,rain & snow do whats comes naturally to old Jags.

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