Normally I’m a little scared about buying a car from a salvage auction house, especially sight unseen. This is no exception, but darn, this car is tempting! If you’ve read my posts for a while, you know my wife is in love with Mark IXs and has been looking for a good but not great one for a while. It’s located in Waldorf, Maryland and is up for sale here on eBay with a buy it now of $13,800.
I realize these curves aren’t for everyone, and even a lot of enthusiasts see the Mk. VII, VIII & IX as engine donors for the XK series. We both like them, however, and have been looking for a while for a nice but not perfect car that would make a good driver. If the description of this car is true, with mostly original paint and mechanically sound components, this would be just that kind of car. Now isn’t the time for us, though–bummer.
There’s a small dent in the front fender, but apart from that I don’t see a lot of cosmetic issues on the outside. Of course, there aren’t close up shots either. By the way, this is a classic case of someone flipping the car before it even leaves the Copart yard. As far as I’m concerned, if the price is still low enough for you to want the car, I’m okay with that.
Of course, one of the most attractive items about a Mark IX is the interior, and this one is just right for me. Some reconditioning of the original leather, re-stitching where things need to be and a general clean up and this car would be in just the shape we want–not perfect enough to be incredibly expensive, but nice enough that we wouldn’t be embarrassed to drive it anywhere! The fact that the wood looks passable and the tool kits are intact is just that much of a bonus.
The big XK six surprisingly still has its original air cleaner housing and looks remarkably stock, apart from the garish modern looking battery (nothing against Interstate, but I think I would have chosen a black battery). So, what do you think about this Mark IX that I wish were on my post-Christmas shopping list?