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The 6 wasn't a giant leap forward in economy terms over the 12 - and the 12 made Oliver Reed look like he drank in moderation. The 6 is, as far as I recall, a Jaguar engine dating from the early 80s in 3.6 form - and then enlarged a decade later.

The XJS dates back to the mid-70s - with development starting a few years beforehand. They are great cars to look at - they are, in hindsight, reasonably stylish - but they are not good cars.

You'll need to find a Jaguar specialist in Switzerland - and with car maintenance costs as high as they are over here - an old Jaguar is not an economical proposition UNLESS you have deep pockets.

On that note - I almost bought a Daimler Double Six a couple of years back - and I'd still be tempted to - but I'm completely loopy and get all nostalgic looking at that era of Jag.
All true, mine was the 1st of the facelifts, and while prettier than the original was largely the same underneath. At 4 mpg if I used kick down, 11 around town, and maybe 18-20 mpg average if I drove it very carefully, it was a thirsty bugger. So apart from it's love of filling stations, taking it for a service was also a heartbreaking experience for my bank manager, so here I dread to think. I never had to many real breakdowns though, but a hell of a lot of niggles.

It was a great wafty cruiser on the motorway, but a total barge on the twisties, and as it's longer and wider than an e-class I'd hate to negotiate the car parks here in one.

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Looks like I am in luck! The 1995 Jaguar XJS CV4 6 cylinder is manufactured by Ford!
I'm not sure what the difference is but the '95 4L engine would have been a AJ6 or maybe the better AJ16, which was a Jag' developed and produced engine. I couldn't find a ref' to a CV4 engine, was that a US import spec'?

So given the cost of shipping and prep' for CH reg', the hassle with parts, and the fact they can be had here for under 10K, (but as yours is a US model drop that by at least 30% if you wanted to sell it)... I wouldn't bother.
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Re: Importing Jaguar USA => Basel

Lots of negative stuff. I guess the world is full of nay sayers and negative people.

The Swiss are fair people and I have been in touch with the right ones, the message is:

"if this car is equipped with the same emission and sound level relevant components and complies with the vehicle type we have homologated in the past in Switzerland. After this inspection will we be able to give you detailed information if we can provide you with confirmation of compliance for the cantonal registration Office, or If some modifications on the vehicle need to be done."
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Also a friend of mine imported an old Mustang and it passed alll tests without great expenses and is now driving it in Switzerland.
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AFAIK the US headlights point straight forward, mainland europe points to the right so thsose would need to be changed
People are miss-informed if you can read German:

Beleuchtung:
Beleuchtungsvorrichtungen können zugelassen werden, wenn sie mit einem internationalen Prüfzeichen (SAE, DOT, E, e) gekennzeichnet sind. Die vorgeschriebene Anordnung, die Farbe und die Schaltung der Lichter müssen den schweizerischen Vorschriften entsprechen.
Dies bedeutet unter anderem, dass beispielsweise vorne nur weisse Standlichter zulässig sind. Abblendlichter mit Gasentladungs-Lichtquellen (Xenon) müssen eine selbsttätig arbeitende Scheinwerfer-Verstelleinrichtung und eine Scheinwerfer-Reinigungsanlage aufweisen.

http://www.baselland.ch/import-5-htm.304229.0.html
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So given the cost of shipping and prep' for CH reg', the hassle with parts, and the fact they can be had here for under 10K, (but as yours is a US model drop that by at least 30% if you wanted to sell it)... I wouldn't bother.
This is a cabrio in collector's condition and here in the same condition and low millage is worth about 45 to 50K!

It is a keepers.
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Lots of negative stuff. I guess the world is full of nay sayers and negative people.

The Swiss are fair people and I have been in touch with the right ones, the message is:

"if this car is equipped with the same emission and sound level relevant components and complies with the vehicle type we have homologated in the past in Switzerland. After this inspection will we be able to give you detailed information if we can provide you with confirmation of compliance for the cantonal registration Office, or If some modifications on the vehicle need to be done."
There is a reason you are being give "negative stuff", but clearly you know better so why ask if you know? No one is going to tell you that the XJS is a great car when it just isn't, even in prettiest rag top model. It's not just getting it past the test or a service, repairs and spares will be will be a major challenges with that bus here.

What that quote means is after a test they will tell you what mods it needs, same as any other import or Swiss car for that matter, nothing more and it's common sense really. You seem to think that your old Jag is something special, a MFK tester will have a bunch of boxes to tick, and the same form as any other import to check, forms not right, car not right, no pass... simple.


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This is a cabrio in collector's condition and here in the same condition and low millage is worth about 45 to 50K!
That I'd love to see that, IF, you can show me a link to one I'll season my hat... and if you can it won't be a US imported car.

EDIT: it's also bad form to post in foreign languages on here without providing a translation as per forum rules
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Re: Importing Jaguar USA => Basel

The bad news is that the engine is different to the European spec one - this means you'll need certfication that the car would past CH emission standards at the time of manufacture.

Theoretically you can get ANY car through the MFK - if you throw enough money at it. Either keep the car in storage in the US and buy something for while you are over here - OR sell in the US and buy here.

Importing a late model car (that is already CH approved) EG Camaro - makes sense if you have just bought it in the US.

Bringing an OLDTIMER makes sense

Bringing in something in the middle - just isn't worth while.
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People are miss-informed if you can read German:

Beleuchtung:
Beleuchtungsvorrichtungen können zugelassen werden, wenn sie mit einem internationalen Prüfzeichen (SAE, DOT, E, e) gekennzeichnet sind. Die vorgeschriebene Anordnung, die Farbe und die Schaltung der Lichter müssen den schweizerischen Vorschriften entsprechen.
Dies bedeutet unter anderem, dass beispielsweise vorne nur weisse Standlichter zulässig sind. Abblendlichter mit Gasentladungs-Lichtquellen (Xenon) müssen eine selbsttätig arbeitende Scheinwerfer-Verstelleinrichtung und eine Scheinwerfer-Reinigungsanlage aufweisen.

http://www.baselland.ch/import-5-htm.304229.0.html

yes, they have to meet swiss standards and have an international marking. swiss standard is pointing right.
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