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Little Classics News: 7 June 2015

Classic Jaguar Sale Has Something for Everyone

Jaguar XK120 Chassis

Barons’ annual Jaguar Heritage sale on 16th June at Sandown Park features one particular lot that’s likely to catch the eye of any classic car enthusiast looking for a restoration project that’s not too demanding on their time or pocket. And, just in case, the sale also features some very interesting non-Jaguars, including a rare Facel Vega HK500.

The 1953 XK120 (top) is already well on the way to becoming a Jaguar fan’s dream car. Bought as a project from a Jaguar Spares Day in 2012, it is now part-restored to chassis level and running and driving, with chassis and suspension stove enamelled, new prop shaft, rebuilt gearbox etc.

XK120 chassis and body panels

The gleaming engine is described as ‘very sweet’. What the car now needs is the body panels (which come with the car but not attached to it) re-sprayed and re-attached, plus electrics and new interior trim (though the seats are newly re-trimmed). An excellent way to short-circuit a longer restoration, this project carries an estimate of £24,000-£25,500.

The very rare and exotic Facel Vega HK500 (below) was the choice of royalty and celebrity when new, and HK500 owners in period included Stirling Moss, the King of Morocco, Francois Truffaut, Ringo Starr and Tony Curtis. This example was imported into the UK in 1990 by the vendor, and has been dry stored ever since. Work has been done so that the car starts, runs, and drives. It is thought that very little work would be required to pass an MOT, so the car could be restored, or even used as it is. The estimate for this very original Grand Tourer is £58,000-£64,000.

Facel Vega HK500

No Jaguar sale is complete without at least one MkII, and Barons has a trio of them on offer, each of which has been in its respective ownership for half a century:

‘6737 PE’ is a 1962 2.4 MkII (below) which has been the subject of a great deal of love and care and not a little expenditure during its lifetime, the past 50 years of which have been in the hands of one gentleman owner, who died earlier this year. Some £30,000 has been spent on this car since 2006 alone, including a high quality re-spray in the original Opalescent Bronze, and the fitting of wire wheels and Coombs-style rear spats. The interior is original. Estimate: £13,000-£14,500.

1962 2.4 MkII

The 1960 MkII 3.8 (below) is a very early example, and features recessed sun visors and a pendant throttle pedal. The vendor has owned the car for more than 50 years, so it is not surprising that it comes complete with a very comprehensive history file. Estimate: £15,000-£16,500.

1960 MkII 3.

The third MkII is a very original, 1960 2.4 (below), which has been in the same family (father and son) since 1964. The mileage of 51,900 is thought to be correct, and the car underwent light restoration in the 1990s. Estimate: £8,750-£10,250.

1960 2.4

Other Jaguar entries include a rare, 1990 XJR-S. This genuine JaguarSport car is believed to be one of only 80 still recorded in the UK and carries an estimate of £4,750-£5,750.

Another rarity is the 1987 Daimler Double Six Series 3. This particular car is believed to have been a Jaguar Cars Director’s car, and is totally original, with every extra, including the (large!) Motorola phone it was equipped with when new. Estimate: £6,000-£7,500.

For more information visit www.barons-auctions.com



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