Mystery Car

Today we are having a mystery car competition which is why the headline says “Mystery Car”.


To make it difficult for almost everyone, I am showing the underside of the car and not the usual detail of the exterior.  Seeing this car up close came as a pleasant surprise. Just after Christmas day I was driving past a venue in south county Dublin known for meetings of members of the marque club.

I saw no classic cars and drove on disappointed. By chance, ten minutes later saw the whole lot of the club parked up in Dun Laoighaire, by the yacht club. I did a rapid U-turn and drove back to give the fleet a closer gander. I had a chance to talk to some of the members as well and if you are by chance reading this please do not give the game away. So, here is the challenge and I will be back later with the big reveal/confirmation.

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I ended up seeing quite a few interesting vehicles in Dublin including the ropey XJ here. Since I am never going to write this into a full article I can throw away this set of images now by posting them without comment.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

7 thoughts on “Mystery Car”

  1. I haven’t a clue as to the mystery car, but I’d love to know more about the history of the US-spec Jaguar and what set of circumstances led to someone transporting it from California to Dublin. It surely cannot have been an economic decision, particularly as it must have been at least thirty years old before being re-registered in Ireland: the old-style “ZV” number plate is reserved for imports of that vintage, I understand.

    1. Daniel, I’ve seen that Jag over the years. It’s gradually gotten tattier but it’s still regularly used. It used to be parked on Waterloo road but I haven’t seen it there recently. The rules relating to the ZV plates are pretty simple. In 1987 a new registration system was introduced. Any pre ’87 car can be registered under either system. So the cars eligible for this plate are getting older each year.

  2. Hi Mick, thanks for that confirmation. My sister has an early 80’s VW Beetle, a LHD import, which has a ZV prefixed number plate. I always assumed that ZV had been allocated under the old pre-1987 system to an obscure Irish county, but now I know better. (With due apologies to obscure Irish counties from a Jackeen!)

  3. Now, having seen Richard’s Jaguar photos above, I’m reminded of a piece of Jaguar trivia that might even have previously escaped the attention of Mr Doyle.

    When Jaguar first started exporting the XJ Series I to Japan, the slim red rear reflectors that were embedded in the reversing lamps did not comply with local regulations that stipulated a minimum “clear” width/height/diameter for such items. Jaguar duly replaced the standard reflectors with the larger, circular items seen in one of Richard’s photos above. Unfortunately, the manufacturer of these reflectors proudly stamped its name and “made in england” in tiny raised lettering around the circumference of the red plastic disc. This was adjudged to interfere with the “clear” area and meant that the new reflectors were also non-compliant. The solution? The Japanese importer had to remove the reflectors from each car, sand off the lettering and re-polish the plastic surface before re-affixing.

    You couldn’t make it up (and I didn’t, honestly!)

    1. You’re quite correct Daniel. That piece of Jaguar trivia evaded the notice of this kitty-fancier. I was hitherto unaware of the minutiae of Japanese lighting regulations, although I had seen the reflectors in question. Thanks for that. Very (erm…) illuminating.

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