9 February 2015

Jaguar XJ-S in Bucuresti, 2000

O imagine rara din Bucuresti, anul 2000. E vorba despre restaurantul "London Lucky Burgers", care a functionat pe strada Lipscani, langa defunctul magazin "Bucuresti". Nu cred ca a avut mult success... Parcate in fata lui se vad doua masini destul de impresionante pentru Romania anului 2000 - un Jaguar XJ-S (model HE, post 1981) si un Mercedes 500 SEC coupe. Mercedesul are rotile dezumflate, iar Jaguarul pare a fi purtand numere britanice si avand volanul pe dreapta. Deci ma intreb daca erau pur si simplu acolo pentru decor...

Ca fapt divers, mai exista un XJ-S auriu in Bucuresti, un import american din 1975. In general, totusi, modelele "grand tourer" nu prea au fost cautate in Romania, oamenii cu bani preferand decoapotabile sau limuzine.

 
A rare image from 2000, showing the "London Lucky Burgers" restaurant which operated for a time on Lipscani Street, next to the defunct Bucuresti department store. I doubt it had much success. In front if it are parked two impressive cars for the time - a Jaguar XJ-S (a HE, post 1981) and a Mercedes 500 SEC coupe. The Merc is on flat tyres, and the Jag looks to be a right hand drive model on British plates - so I wonder if both were there purely for show.
 
Incidentally, there still is a gold XJ-S in Bucharest - a 1975 American-spec model, imported a few years ago. However, thirsty GTs were never very popular in Romania, most rich people preferring a convertible or a large saloon.

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