|Open Two Seater||Red|
|Right Hand Drive||Gunmetal|
|January 1951||United Kingdom|
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Record Creation: Entered on 12 August 2019.
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Local dealer Francis E Cox (Keighley) Ltd.
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2019-08-24 13:47:55 | Jonathan Sheard writes:
I am probably the last user of this car.
I purchased it from Shoreham Lighthouse Car Auction on May 4th 1967, having sneaked out from Lancing College (where I was a boarder) to make the purchase. I taxed it on May 15th 1967 after a local Jaguar specialist that I met at the auction as I was buying the car, Vic Morley of Walpole Road, Brighton, had carried out some work and obtained an MoT.
The original engine was in a sorry state and consumed a huge amount of oil. I had a summer job as a van driver and would go every pay day to buy a gallon of the cheapest oil which I poured straight in (it had a three gallon sump). After a few weeks and having amassed some cash, I got Mr. Morley to put in a 3.4 Mk 1 s/e (blue top) engine (KE 9297/8) which he had rebuilt for £70.
For the next two years, I drove it regularly from Brighton to Scotland to attend Edinburgh University. At the end of 1967, I agreed to purchase an XK120 fhc that I had seen advertised in the Edinburgh Evening News for £40 (CEG266, Rob Newall's racer, which is currently licenced but not recorded on this website). When I arrived to collect it and pay for it, there was another disappointed potential buyer who asked me (as I clearly already had an XK120 roadster) if I would resell it to him. I agreed to accept the original £40 price if he would let me exchange the four Pirelli Cinturas (!) on it for the two John Bull Envoy cross plies and the two worn Michelin Xs on my car, which he did.
In early 1968, I fitted front discs which I had got off a Mk IX in a scrapyard in Newhaven and these were a great improvement. A short while later a bolt fell down behind the flywheel and jammed the engine, so I replaced the engine with a similar one (KE 3388/8), which had been rebuilt and gas flowed, setting up the original 1 3/4" carburetors with open throats and SS needles and fabricating a straight through single exhaust (using a new silencer designed for an Austin lorry and 2 inch copper water pipe). On one trip back to Brighton I saw the speedo needle go past 140 mph (at the same time the rev counter needle was pointing straight at the floorboards).
In August 1969, for a reason I cannot now recall, I decided to sell it and obtained a buyer for £195 through Exchange & Mart. The buyer gave me an additional £125 to carry out work on the car and I entrusted it to Chris Steel, a Jaguar specialist who had a workshop on Hackhurst Lane, Lower Dicker. I actually expended a little more than the assigned £125 but when I tried to contact the buyer to arrange pick up, he had absconded leaving a trail of creditors chasing him; I was advised that I was the only person actually wanting to give him something.
The car remained with Chris Steel and I returned to Edinburgh University. It became clear that the buyer was not going to reappear but I did not want to go down to Sussex to recover it as I had no reason to travel that far as my mother had moved to outside Leeds (this may have had something to do with my desire to sell) and was concerned that the buyer could possibly reappear and I would have to take it back again.
Jeremy Broad eventually caught up with the car and bought it off Chris Steel (or someone who was clearing the yard). He applied for a duplicate log book but I didn't receive the notification as it went to my old address. When I spoke to him some while later he said that he thought that he had parted the car out; but may be it is lurking somewhere
2019-08-25 08:33:09 | Jonathan Sheard writes:
I have pictures from 1969 and will post them shortly.