Thursday,20 June, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1345, (18 - 24 May 2017)
Thursday,20 June, 2019
Issue 1345, (18 - 24 May 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Classics in Egypt: Jaguar XJ-SC 1987 Targa

Estabrak Fouad, owner of this one of a kind British beauty, told Mohamed Abdel-Razek it was worth the hunt.

“Tracking her down for seven years, isn’t that too much? I’m not sure. But I did, and it’s mine now.” Estabrak Fouad was talking about his Jag, claiming the XJ-SC is the only one of its kind in the country. Its perfectly designed body was enough to drag Fouad out of bed every morning, look out the window to see it under his house and go downstairs just to lay his hands on this British cat.

Jaguar XJ-SC

The XJ-S came out in 1975 based on the XJ saloon chassis and aiming to be a luxury grand tourer. The car was first designed by Malcolm Sayer but after his death it was completed by the Jaguar design team led by Doug Thorpe. With a V12 engine, the XJ-S went head to head with the Italian giants Ferrari and Lamborghini. Unusual to see a V12 at the time, the car had some bad luck. First it was launched at the time of the fuel crisis in Europe.

Second, it had a major design problem in its rear-view capability which made the Germans refuse to approve the car in Germany which dramatically affected sales.

In 1983, the XJ-SC -- Fouad’s car -- was launched. It’s a convertible with a non-removable centre part which gave the car its name, Targa. The car had a 3.6L 6 cylinder engine and in 1985 the V12 came back under the hood.

Jaguar XJ-SC

Fouad’s car is the V12, 90 per cent restored when he bought it seven months ago. But it had one problem; it overheats. “I was tracking this car seven years ago since it was displayed in Cairo Airport’s customs auction. A friend of mine bought it and two years later he sold it to another friend who kept it for five years. Seven months ago he decided to sell it to me,” Fouad said.

Fouad added that it was very hard to find spare parts and the right hands to deal with such classic cars in the country, but with only 5,000 of them in the whole world, it was worth the hassle.

“I believe British-made cars share elegance and luxury,” Fouad said. “I will never sell this car. Not a chance!”

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