Very nice car. I myself do prefer the "classic" Jaguar, the XJ6 Series III, which I intend to find a pristine example of and own within the next few years. I will say one thing, though...you're lucky your dad has money to burn, because Jaguars are not only expensive to purchase, but also expensive to maintain. Treat her well, and she will treat you well.
FYI, I don't agree that Ford "ruined" the luxury of Jaguars. They are certainly among the finest cars on the road, and the build quality and reliability is eons ahead of anything Jaguar produced before 1986. There is as much wood and leather in Jaguars of today as ever, and they have the power and smoothness a Ford could never come close to.
My first car was a 1982 Volvo 244GL, silver with blue velour interiour, which I purchased myself using money I earned over two years cleaning cars. I was very proud of it, and it was quite the ride for me! The Volvo was only 5 years old when I bought it, and friends and clients swore it was the cleanest car in town.