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Hi All and thank you for having me as a member of your fine group.

This day, Thursday the 1st of June 2017, at about 16:00 I should be a Jaguar owner for the first time in my life which shall span sixty-nine years five weeks hence.

My quest began four months ago, initially seeking an X type, and to this point I have read many reviews, tales of woe, brilliant testimony to a wonderful daily drive and non committal ownership stories from far and wide.

The example which is to be delivered by the seller this afternoon is a beautifully presented S type which was built in '05 and is a one owner vehicle. She is perfect externally and internally and shows absolutely no signs of wear apart from some crazing of the driver's seat bu-ttock support cushion.

Being an eternal fatalist I choose to ignore reviews as 'que sera sera' and there is precious little I am able to do about whatever is going to be, my simply stated plea is 'bring it on, baby.'

Wendy and I have resided at Surfers Paradise since '09 and we look forward to introducing 'Juliette' Jaguar to our favourite POI's.

That is all, Fair winds and following seas [touring tarmac], Aye.












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Thank you Steve,

Wendy and I took her for a short run down the Gold Coast Highway, leaving home as the sun was falling toward the horizon, and only took a 'U' turn to return because I was not able to effectively control the interior climate while navigating in peak traffic with a goodly dose of confidence. 'Juliette S. Jaguar' behaved with impeccable manners such that we are both thrilled to include her in the family and I look forward to that certain familiarity which develops betwixt a driver and his machine as occurred with my Ford these past 17 years. Where did Juliette's life begin? My research for this purchase indicates that the S-Type was built in the ex-Supermarine Spitfire factory, Castle Bromwich. Am I correct? You say  she looks very clean Steve, where did my uploaded photo's get to mate, I don't see them.

Dutchy [my Navy nickname]

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Do you prefer Dutchy?

your last photo was of the engine bay, you should be able to see them in either the 'S type forum' or 'All Activity' I believe the Castle Bromwich site was the place were these and possibly other models were produced. Peter (Old Peter) has a fantastic knowledge of the Jaguar Marque, he will be able to provide so much more information than I could possibly do.

Both you and your good lady, enjoy the sunsets as your cruising around the Gold coast!

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download.jpg.f010f19aeca2ad4fbdf83420f7fe4e5f.jpgHi Duchy, and as we believe they say in your part of the world, good on yer, mate for diving into the wonders of Jaguar ownership.  You will have a permanent grin on your face!

My partner and I took the plunge one year ago with a '07 S-type in Seafrost and a '07 XK X150 with just 6000 miles on the clock....both are cossetted, as we are sure Juliette will be also.  Don't make Wendy jealous!

You look to have found a nice example, patricularly like the light trim (both our Jaguar's have light trim, we don'tgo a bundle on dark trim, particularly black).  We are sure that with careful application of various leather products you will overcome the problem of the driver seat bolster.

With regard to where the S-types were built, yes, you are correct in your assumption that they emanated from the old Spitfire factory at Castle Bromwich. For your interest, on the roundabout outside the factory (where our XK was also built), there stands an installation which represents 3 Spitfires in flight.  I'll try to include a photo for you.

You will enjoy the forum, we have found it to be both helpful and friendly, so, as always, Happy Growling

Carole Simpson-hadley and partner


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Thank you Carole and Significant Other,

I shall post the Spitfire photo to a few of my facebook sites, it will surely evoke a little interest, from my UK members as well. I find the connection quite fascinating. I must say, the Seafrost duco is rather attractive, We plan to visit a favourite chopin precinct this morning called Harbour Town and while I stand watch over Juliette I shall endeavour to set my seat memory which I trust facilitates modification of the 'easy in - easy out' feature. [Chopin was deliberate - 'Gone Chopin, Bach in a Minuet'] Good Day All, [04:25 here], Dutchy 

PS. The pic is the view from our apartment with the Coral Sea beyond the GC Hwy, which catches it's breathe oh! so! briefly from carrying folk hither and thither.That's life huh? 


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