Joel Tjelmeland of Rochester always wanted a Jaguar because it was thought of as a "rich man's car."
He may not be rich, but he's got his Jaguar - a 1970 Old English White two-seater XKE OTS.
"I bought it in 1975 but started the restoration in 1980. By the time I had it stripped down and totally restored, it was 2004," said Tjelmeland, with a grin from ear to ear as he drives down the street during an interview.
He ran into a little bit of a snag with the hood, which is the English term for top, because he learned after the car restoration was finished that it should be navy blue.
When he was in the process of getting his heritage certificate he was told that the car was originally manufactured with a blue hood. The blue hood matches the blue interior.
He did much of the work himself, but the upholstery was done at a shop in Indiana with the same type of leather used to make the original seats.
"It has the original dash and it really only has 34,000 miles," Tjelmeland said.
"I did all the mechanical work myself."
His faithful restoration and attention to detail earned him second place in foreign/English 1970 and newer competition of the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival.
In October he entered the car in the St. Louis Concours d'Elegeance competition.
He took it on a trailer to the competition, even though the judging criteria for a non-driven vehicle was more stringent than for a vehicle driven to the competition.
He received 99.37 out of 100 points in the Jaguar Clubs of North America sanctioned competition.
First place went to a car that got 99.77 points.
* 265 horsepower
* 0 to 60 mph in 7 seconds
* Top speed is 150 mph
* Founded in 1922, Jaguar went through a series of ownership changes before it was purchased this year by Tata Motors of India.
* Jaguars are ranked as one of the "notable" sports cars by Motor Trend.
Story published Friday, December 5, 2008 ( Volume 3, Number 7 )