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Record Creation: Entered on 16 September 2021.

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2012-02-17 06:13:53 | Peter Ingram writes:

Is this the famous Don Parkinson Special also Ex Terry Buffam in California accepted as 670191. Can anyone confirm this historic US race car is in UK and appears to have been since at least 2005
The build date and engine number given seem correct for this chassis

2012-02-17 11:09:41 | pauls writes:

URL to detailed info and racing history of the car at:
www.britishracecar.com/TerryBuffum-Jaguar-ParkinsonSpecial.htm

2012-02-19 10:03:39 | pauls writes:

Following text provided by Curtis Jacobson:
www.britishracecar.com/

XK-120 serial number 670191 finished second at the first ever race at Pebble Beach in 1950. After several other successful races including an overall victory at Carrell Speedway, An accident during the second running of the Pebble Beach race resulted in extensive body damage. Original owner Don Parkinson had 670191 rebuilt with a custom aluminum body as a lightweight "special". In this highly modified form the car has been raced very actively for much of its sixty year history. The Parkinson Special is a popular favorite at California vintage racing events where it is entered by long-time owner Terry Buffum and driver/mechanic John Buddenbaum. For more detailed information about the Parkinson Special's history and its construction, please see BritishRacecar.com.

2012-02-20 00:32:02 | Anonymous writes:

Raced to a second place finish in group 5B on Sunday at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in August 2011.

2016-07-05 09:22:31 | Anonymous writes:

Hi, I'm hoping you may be able to help please. I have recently acquired this car and am based in the UK. The car is currently not registered in the UK. Please see images I have added. I am currently considering selling this car but wondered if you may be able to advise its market value? Thanks.

2018-05-26 08:21:11 | Terry Buffum writes:

The above claim to have the car is false! I've owned it for almost 50 years; John has driven it in vintage races for more than 35. Worst finish in "Postwar to 1955" class is a 4th while more than 30 have been firsts. It is a very reliable and fast car!

2021-09-03 08:39:19 | pauls writes:

To all who follow this car, please contact the webmaster with hopefully a long documentation trail and photos of chassis stampings as we can not sort this out here. I assume the number collision is a record keeping error somewhere in the life of the car. The BRG car is posted here to help ID the correct car.

Car (a car) to be at auction 9/21

themarket.co.uk/en/listings/jaguar/xk120/b328ae9e-3a1f-4df0-a929-f16a9f14ae7c

Auction description:

SellerL: naj21

Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Odometer Reading: 65419

Chassis Number: 670191

Engine: 3400

Gearbox: Manual

Steering position: RHD

Colour: British Racing Green

Interior: Red

Estimated Price: TBC

Est: £60,000 - £80,000

This car’s history files tell us it was sold new by Clayrich Motors, St Louis, Missouri, to a chap called Franklin B Mayer on March 30th 1950. Much more recently it was repatriated back to the UK and underwent a restoration. The sensible decision was made to convert it to right hand drive.

As a result of the kindly Missouri climate, with its long, hot summers and winter temperatures that rarely get below zero, it’s highly likely the XK hadn’t suffered the kind of corrosion that would have attacked it in the UK, with our salt-laden roads- making this example a desirable prospect.

This coupled with much recent work means that today this XK is in beautiful condition. It’s not concours, but it wouldn’t take a lot of work to make it so.

On the Outside

British Racing Green has been used on many cars over the years, but arguably no car suits the colour better than the XK120. In fact, looking at this example it’s hard to imagine it looking as good in any other colour – it just looks so right here.

The finish has so much depth, you could almost fall into it. It flows around the XK’s generously curved front end so stunningly you almost reach out to touch it, before your brain kicks in and stops you putting finger marks all over it!

Chrome wire wheels are all very well but they don’t look as classy as the painted wires on this XK – more understated, not so much of a pain to keep clean, and far, far cooler. Peering through the green wires also reveals a front disc brake conversion, a very wise move that allows an old XK to navigate modern traffic (and drivers) safely.

Under the curvaceous bonnet lies the engine that names the car, Jaguar’s six cylinder double overhead cam masterpiece, the XK. Here in its original 3.4-litre form, it was a ground breaking design – one so good it remained in production for 40 years. It also provides the urge to take the car all the way to 120mph – staggering, record-breaking performance for a road car in 1950.

On the Inside

The red leather seats superbly compliment the deep green bodywork and the dashboard and carpets are a similar hue. There are some slight signs of the car’s 71 years in that the gearstick has slight marks on it, and some of the instruments retain their original face plates, but we love this.

Over-restored cars can lose their sense of history, but it’s here in spades. You can almost hear Franklin B Mayer climbing in and pushing the starter button on the way to his law firm, newspaper, or whatever successful business he likely ran in order to afford a new XK120 in 1950.

Underneath

There are slight signs under here that the car has actually been driven since its rebuild, but clearly not any distance and possibly just on a few road tests. It’s clean as a whistle – the stickers on the exhaust pipes show it’s barely run since the major work was done.

History Highlights

There’s a stack of bills to support the restoration work and paperwork from the States pertaining to its original owner, and its export back to the UK. There’s also a new V5 from the DVLA and of course a Nova certificate from HM Customs stating all taxes have been paid.

2021-09-15 03:15:01 | Anonymous writes:

The auction house recently confirmed the following in reply to a question as to whether this (the green car) was once Douglas Jamieson’s car. Mr Jamieson being an ex director of Coys:

“Yes I can confirm this is from the late Mr Jamieson's collection. He had many fine cars. The JHT certificate and V5C logbook in the gallery show the chassis and engine numbers as matching but we have not been able to confirm this physically.”


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