|3.4 XK120||Suede Green|
|Open Two Seater||Suede Green|
|Right Hand Drive|
|21 November 1950||United Kingdom|
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Record Creation: Entered on 2 November 2005.
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Photos of 660332
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2015-04-03 10:55:36 | PaulW writes:
Ex Duncan Hamilton race car
2016-02-20 21:35:13 | pauls writes:
Car now offered at JD Classics:
A significant historic competition XK120. LXF 731 was raced by Duncan Hamilton in 1951 at Silverstone, Boreham and Goodwood with great success. Discovered and purchased by JD Classics from its last owner of 45 years. Written correspondence between the last owner and Duncan Hamilton. Total JD Classics chassis off restoration to current FIA and original factory colour specification recently completed. Successful participant in the 2014/2015 Mille Miglia and Le Mans Legends Race 2015. Maintained regardless of cost.
2016-12-16 18:58:13 | Hawksmoor writes:
When I was 19 years old back in 1965 I bought LXF 731 for £25 from a local junk yard in Ipswich, where I lived. It was in a shed, and with a can of petrol and a battery friends and I got it running and I drove it (yes!!!) across Ipswich and parked it in the driveway beside my mother's house.
It ran like a pig, only at high revs. I knew little about cars then, and assumed it was just an old XK that someone had stripped out. It had air scoops on the front brakes, and seemed to be an alloy bonnet with scoops on it, and bare seats. Not a lot else.
Anyway, it made a hell of a noise, and after driving it up and down the road a few times, my mother said that it had to go.
Then, a man knocked on my mother's door, and offered to buy the car. She was overjoyed and told the man to pay me what I had paid - £25 - and take it away. Which he did the same day. He was the handicrafts master at a local school.
Now, life being the bitch it is, I happened to be in the local library a few days later and pulled out a copy of Duncan Hamilton's book, and there, of course, was a photo of the car I just sold in full racing trim. Just as I had just sold it for £25.
I believe the new owner restored it somewhat, and owned other XKs.
Hope that fills in a little background for the current owner, who probably paid a little more than £25 for LXF 731.
2019-05-08 04:35:35 | Pekka T. writes:
Offered by Duncan Hamilton ROFGO
Year of manufacture
Convertible / Roadster
Number of doors
Number of seats
A significant historic competition XK120 raced in period by Duncan Hamilton. Chassis 660332 was manufactured on 22nd November 1950 and delivered via Henlys of London to its first owner a Mr Philip Fotheringham-Parker a little over two weeks later.
Registered LXF731 the car was originally suede green with matching interior. Fotheringham-Parker was a typical amateur racing driver of the immediate pre- and post-war years combining sufficient levels of wealth, talent and enthusiasm to enjoy a respectable level of success in both national and international events. His first competition forays were with an Alvis at Brooklands where in 1932 he had the unpleasant experience of losing control in the wet and going over the top of the banking. Escaping this accident without serious injury he subsequently drove a Lancia Lambda and Ford V8 in other meetings at Brooklands and Donington Park.
Unfortunately the outbreak of the Second World War interrupted his promising career and by the time racing had re-started he was already 38 years of age and considerably older than many up and coming drivers, including his friend Duncan Hamilton who was an ex-Lysander pilot and all round larger-than-life character. In spite of this Fotheringham-Parker continued to race and achieved some success with his pre-war Maserati including a second place in the Wakefield trophy at the Curragh in 1949.
With the successful competition debut of the XK120 at Silverstone in 1949, Fotheringham-Parker joined a growing list of drivers who were keen to acquire one for themselves. When he took delivery of LXF731 in late 1950 he promptly lent it to Hamilton who proceeded to race it at national and international events throughout 1951 and so began a very fruitful relationship between the Jaguar marque and Hamilton, culminating in victories with the works team at Le Mans in 1953 and Rheims in 1956.
The first recorded event for LXF731 was the 1 hour production car race at the Daily Express Silverstone International Trophy Meeting held on May 5th 1951. With Hamilton at the wheel, LXF731 came home in third place behind Stirling Moss and Charles Dodson. The next outing at the Portuguese Grand Prix on June 17th was less successful with Hamilton retiring but he soon made amends by securing two victories in the XK120 at Boreham in the Williams Lyons Trophy race and the Unlimited race on August 11th. A week later Fotheringham-Parker himself would earn a brace of second places at Goodwood in the Sports Car and Handicap races at the BARC 7th Members meeting while Hamilton would complement this with two handicap second places of his own. At the September Goodwood International Meeting Fotheringham-Parker would finish a respectable fifth in the Sports Car race and third in the Handicap race against strong opposition in both events including Moss driving the new C-Type, chassis XKC001. An entry at Winfield in October wrapped up the 1951 season and with the arrival of Jaguar’s new sports racer both Hamilton and Fotheringham-Parker decided that a faster car was needed for 1952; consequently Hamilton upgraded to a C-type, driving XKC004, and Fotheringham-Parker moved on to drive an HWM-Alta.
However this was not the end of LXF731’s competition career and the car was soon seen in action at the hands of C M Kemp on the RAC and Morecambe Rallies in the spring of 1952. It returned to Silverstone on August 30th where Kemp took part in the 750 MC Six Hour Relay race driving for the Sporting Owner Drivers Club team who finished fourth overall. His XK120 was the highest finisher beating those of more accomplished drivers such as Jim Swift and Denis O’M Taylor who had been rather severely handicapped. Competition appearances for LXF731 declined thereafter but it participated in the MCC race in September 1952 and then in occasional minor events in the later 50s and 60s as typified by R Brodie’s entry in the car at the Dunfermline driving tests at this time. The car subsequently found its way to Northern Ireland where it was bought by David Bazire and had returned to England by 1968.
The car was then fully restored in 2011, to its early race specification. Maintained regardless of cost, LXF731 has successfully completed the Mille Miglia on two occasions and the Le Mans Legends Support Race.
Offered with a comprehensive history file, including period photos and correspondence between Bazire and Hamilton, LXF731 provides a unique opportunity to acquire a historic Jaguar that played a key role in the early career of one of Britain’s most charismatic and successful drivers of the 1950s.