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author photo by J. Mark Sternberg December 2011

Picking the right ride is an important decision for a single person. The perfect set of wheels can help anyone stand out from the pack, while a jalopy might send potential dates running. So, what better source for a new car than from someone who makes a living matching singles?

For sale right now on AutoTrader is a 1998 Jaguar XJ8 L that belongs to professional matchmaker and TV show host Michelle Valentine.

Valentine started her matchmaking business while working at a newspaper in Florida. She came up with her pen name and started a weekly dating advice column to help promote the paper's singles ads. Her popularity grew, and she began attending events as Michelle Valentine. From there people started asking to pay her to set them up with other singles in the area, and that's when she said things really started to click.

Her show started out on the local central Florida TV station and now streams world-wide on the web. Moving ahead, Valentine said there are currently plans in the works for a national TV deal.

So how important is it for a single person to make the right car choice? According to Valentine, very. "Image is everything when you're single," she said.

"So a guy pulls up, and people are like 'Oooh it's a Jaguar' or 'Oooh it's a Porsche' and they look for that person at the party,"..."It's true, though. It works."

She said her Jag could be a great car for either single men or women. According to Valentine, women look for financially stable men while men tend to appreciate beauty, and the XJ is nothing if not expensive looking and easy on the eyes.

In spite of the way it looks, the Jag isn't expensive. The car is listed for $5,999, which is a bit north of the estimated KBB value, but Valentine said the engine and transmission have been replaced somewhat recently, so the car should be worth a little extra.

The XJ8 L is the long wheelbase version of Jaguar's iconic full size sedan. The extra room goes to the rear seating area, giving the air of a stretch limo to passengers in the back seats.

In spite of all the focus on comfort, the car still maintains a fair amount of muscle. Under the hood resides a 4.0-liter V8 engine that puts out 290 horsepower. "I love the Jaguar because it's a luxury car, but when you sit in the front seat, it feels like a sports car," Valentine said.

See the listing here.

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For Sale on AutoTrader: Love Guru's Jaguar - Autotrader