A Labor of Love
It should be obvious by now that Steele Motors was built out of a passion for restoration.
Monetary reward is not enough to drive one to spend countless hours meticulously assembling a leather interior or smoothing out the lines of a quarter panel. The motivation comes from some other deeper level of the human psyche.
This 1958 Jaguar Mark VIII has been available from our collection for a while now, but the right person has yet to come along and purchase it. We acquired this car from another Jaguar enthusiast at his passing. During his ownership, the brakes were done in bronze, fuel systems were thoroughly serviced and the car was driven regularly. In our care, it was stored in a museum-like environment with occasional starting and driving around the parking lot. We have held on to this VIII (despite having a plethora of other classic Jaguars to restore) because of the sound condition. Welding and bodywork are VERY expensive and time-consuming. Larry Batton of the Auto Appraisal Group, Inc famously advises his clients with these two principles: First, buy the BEST car you can afford and second, a low asking is an invitation to spend money. Those two principles are what make this 1958 Jaguar Mark VIII a good-buy.
This 'big cat' would certainly be a labor of love. Every restoration is. It may not fetch the highest dollar at a Mecum Auction when it's finished, but it will surely provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The lines are very classic, the ride is famous "Jaguar". It deserves a cosmetic restoration with some further driving and sorting of the mechanical systems.