Classic car diary...
started his motoring career on the Midland Stock Car circuits in the
mid fifties, racing Dodge, Buick and Chevrolets, when he was 14.
bought his first Jaguar XK120 OTS (for £100)
in 1960, to replace his then well-thrashed 1959
MGA 1600. The XK's engine faltered at speed
on the newly built M1, and the car was sold
off, rattling horribly, to his erstwhile boss, Dick Protheroe. It
underwent full Protheroe race preparation and is now in use in the
Jaguar XK120 Open Top Sports Roadster, 1953
The next XK120
followed in 1964 and was used as personal transport, school run and
shopping car daily for the next 7 years. This was replaced by a Range
Rover in 1972, and several more Land Rovers through the years.
Various other cars
were restored, rebuilt, and most raced. These included a burnt out
1974 Lamborghini Espada, restored as new, (heart
stopper, illustrated), an early Porsche 911S
(lethal and fun, illustrated), 1976 Aston Martin DBS6 (awfully heavy) a 1960
Austin Healey 3000 (hell raiser) a 1929
Austin Ulster Special (cute) a 1966 Jaguar E
type 4.2 S1 (part restored) and a splendid 1959 Jaguar XK150 OTS, well restored and well used. This is the one in
the web-site picture.
XK120 OTS was bought wrecked, for restoration as a competitor
and hill-climber, and would be fitted with disc brakes, aero screens
and 3.8 triple-carb engine conversion. After
much work I sold it unfinished recently.
The last XK120
advertised here overtook the time allocated for it's restoration,
and was offered for sale to fellow enthusiasts. It is now sold
reserved on licence, is "6KX" which looks
so good on an XK! Available separately,
this is now sold.