Words and pictures based on a recent feature by Roger Kemp which appeared in the April 2019 issue of the Jaguar Drivers Club magazine
About 4 years ago, Kevin Johns was asked if he wanted to save a 1987 XJ40 from being scrapped. Travelling to the south coast to buy it, despite its many faults, he named it ‘Rusty’ …. after its colour, not its condition!
Rusty was used regularly, until the rust bubbles became holes, and it was clear that he was going to require major surgery in order to survive!
The 3.6 engine is original and unmodified, however, an uprated cylinder head is waiting to be fitted.
Modifications to date, include, a custom made stainless steel exhaust system and adjustable air-bag suspension.
|Interior windows have pleated curtains and the original seats have been replaced with another set of XJ40 seats, but in superior condition and with red piping to match the exterior paintwork. The final touch is a personalized steering wheel.|
Work on Rusty is ongoing, as new ideas and opportunities come to his owner, and you can see from the pictures above that he has already undergone many changes since I last saw him!