Attending reception ceremony at the occasion of the the retirement of Citroën Public Relations Director Luc Lion at Autoworld recently (see photo above, with Mr. Luc Lion on the left, together with your servant) it is maybe appropriate to become a bit nostalgic. We would like to say here that Mr. Lion has been for decades a very distinctive and professional ambassador of the marque with the double chevron, a man which has our greatest admiration and esteem.
We were getting already a bit in the nostalgic mood writing about our neoclassic Volvo, and just a week later we drove our beloved Jaguar 3.4 Type S home from De Ridder at Beveren.
Our Type S Mk II 3.4 litre proudly running again, picking it up at Jaguar De Ridder in Beveren, in front of the beautiful premises.
After a long winter sleep the car has been expertly refreshed mostly mechanically, where especially the brake system needed attention. We will treat you soon on a full illustrated story about the overhaul.
We drove the Jag home over the cobblestoned Antwerp city boulevards, and were amazed about the smoothness of the suspension, a sharp contrast with the pounding harshness we are getting used to in our today's cars.
Intuitively one jerks at the steering wheel when one sees a pothole looming, no need to do this in the Jaguar, just float over it...
Needless to say the 3.4 litre engine impresses with good pulling power, combined with the beautiful growl of a big straight six. And then we say nothing about the big round dials set in the wooden dashboard...and the distinctive smell of vintage leather!
The same vintage experience came to us over the last weeks in a very modern package: we drove the 200 horsepower Beetle.
Volkswagen succeeded in combining nostalgia with state-of-the-art technology, as the Beetle is well and truly a very modern car. Just read our test report soon...
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