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S678168

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Record Creation: Entered on 11 October 2020.

Originality: Noted for being in "original condition"

 

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2005-12-24 23:36:13 | XK Data writes:

The record was updated:

  • Body Number was added: P2376
  • Engine Number was added: F2245-8S
  • Gearbox Number was added: JL20860
  • Factory Paint Color was added: pastel blue
  • Factory Interior Color was added: red
  • Factory Top Color was added: fawn
  • Original Distributor was added: Hornburg
  • Original Owner City was added: Denver
  • Original Owner State was added: Colorado
  • Original Owner Country was added: United States
  • Notes From Heritage Record was added: First owner William J Imber Jr, Denver, Colorado
  • Current City was added: Küttigen nr. Aarau
  • Current State was added: Aargau
  • Last Seen was added: 2005
  • Factory Dispatch Year was added: 1954
  • Factory Dispatch Month was added: 03
  • Factory Dispatch Day was added: 10
  • Factory Build Year was added: 1954
  • Factory Build Month was added: 02
  • Factory Build Day was added: 22
  • 2010-11-24 12:28:40 | XK Data writes:

    The record was updated:

  • Engine Number was changed from F22458S to F2245-8S
  • Top Color was added: fawn
  • 2017-03-24 22:16:16 | XK Data writes:

    The record was updated:

  • Current City was changed from Küttigen nr. Aarau to Küttigen
  • Last Seen was changed from 2005 to 2017
  • Heritage Notes

    First owner William J Imber Jr, Denver, Colorado

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    2005-11-17 06:26:08 | Lofty writes:

    Some of you may remember Mr. Randal Aagaard "found", tucked away in a garage in Denver, a 1954 XK120 DHC that had been "parked" and placed on jack-stands in 1956.. The Jag was steadfastly reported to have only been driven 17,000 total miles. Randy's comment was the Jag looked like it had barely been driven 7,000 miles.
    Back around 2002, I obtained, from Randy, nearly 100 pictures of "The
    Imber's DHC". they can be viewed at:
    www.texican.net/gallery/Bill-Imber
    Mr. Imber had kept ALL the original "paperwork" issued with the Jag at the time of purchase.. these are, in my opinion, interesting to see. This original XK120 DHC might be as revealing to the XK Community as was the Rosetta Stone to Dead Language Scholars.
    This XK120 DHC is currently owned by a fellow in Switzerland.
    View and enjoy.
    Charles

    2006-01-30 23:42:29 | pauls writes:

    (Note: This comment originally was on car number 673168, which was the incorrect car number.)
    Information this car was provided at:
    www.southfloridajaguarclub.org/features/tfbarn1.htm

    Car info:
    Tales from the Barn : Discovery of One Owner, Low Mileage XK120 FHC
    By Randy Aagaard
    Having been in the business of buying, selling and restoring Jaguars for the past 30 years, I receive calls everyday presenting me with various Jaguars for sale. Most, of course, don't make sense economically to pursue, but occasionally some are worth a further look. Then there is always that hope that you may find that 'rare discovery'.

    When I was first told about an XK 120 DHC that had sat in a garage since 1956, my interest was piqued. Generally, when you find even low mileage cars that have sat for many years, have still deteriorated quite a bit, but I was told this one had not. I called my friend Terry Larson and talked to him about the car and we decided that if it was really as nice as described, it might be worth pursuing, but the price was quite high, so we must be sure of its condition.

    I had a trip planned to deliver an XK 140 project car I had sold to Jim Kakuska in Illinois, and also to pick up an XK 140 in Virginia, that I had bought for Paul Abadjian in England. I live in Salt Lake City, the original 120 was in Denver, and therefore, would not be to far out of the way for me to look at on my journey. So arrangements were made to see the car.

    When I arrived, the owner, Bill Imber, a man in his late seventies (70's) met me at the door. He asked me to come in and proceeded to tell me the story of this beautiful car. The house he lives in now is also the house where he grew up and consequently was living when he bought the car in April 1954.

    He explained that he had really wanted to buy a 300 SL Gullwing, but being twice as much as the Jaguar, decided he could not afford the Gullwing and would purchase the 120 Jaguar instead. He purchased the XK 120 DHC from 'Denver Imported Motors'. Total purchase price was $4,513.20, which included tax, fifty dollars for white wall tires and one hundred ighty ($180) dollars for "modification", which was a 'Radiomobile' radio.

    He used it in several rallies and told me he loved taking it to observe a hill climb in the mountains near Denver.

    He had kept every piece of paper he ever received having to do with the car. There were the original sales documents, guarantee in his name, owners' manual and all the extra pamphlets that came with it, the old Colorado title, all receipts for items he bought for the car, etc. At this point, the paper work was very intriguing.

    Of course, the main question was, Why had he stopped driving the car in 1956? He explained: When he drove the car one of the plugs was always fouling. After trying everything he could, such as trying different types of plugs (which he still had with the car), he pulled the engine, took the head off and discovered that one valve was missing its inner spring. There is a letter from Jaguar of North America dated Nov. 5, 1956, in response to a letter he wrote them informing them of this problem, which he had already fixed. Well, at this time the car was parked in his garage, not to be moved for more than forty-six years !

    He informed me that the mileage on the car at this time was a little more than 17,000 miles. It was his intention to get the car back on the road, but he never did quite get around to it. For a few years, though, he tinkered with it. In 1957, he had the transmission rebuilt with close ratio gears, but kept the original gears which look like new.

    The word 'tinkerer' describes him very well. He had taken several things apart on the car to see how they worked and to clean them. Not only did he 'tinker' with the car but upon entering the basement of his house to look at the seats and carpet (which he had taken out and stored in the house when he parked it in 1956), I noticed washing machines, radio's, TV's and many other items that he had taken apart and had also left. Apparently, Bill was curious about how things worked, but not much on putting them back together. The seats and carpet, by the way, looked almost new. This was getting more and more interesting.

    Upstairs again, as I made my way through stacks of books and other items, Bill showed me the speedometer which was sitting on the stove (which hadn't worked for years), in the kitchen. It showed only one mile on the odometer. Upon asking Bill about this, he said the speedometer needle bounced when he drove it, so he had it repaired and they consequently turned it back to one. He had the receipt for the repair dated 1958.

    A word about Bill: He is a most pleasant man, but in declining health. He spends his days at a table in his living room hooked to an oxygen bottle. Meals are delivered and he sleeps on a couch in his living room. The furniture and much of the floor are stacked with books, papers and odds and ends. His brother comes by and checks on him regularly seeing to his needs and taking him where he needs to go. This brother is the one who handled the business part of the sale of the car. The area where he lives has, most likely, declined some since he was younger.

    Now it was time to see the car itself. From what I had seen and heard so far, my curiosity was high! Bill took me out back to his brick garage with concrete floor, unlocked the door and that's when I saw the car. The XK 120 was sitting at an angle in the center of the garage. The color combination of pastel blue with red interior and tan top was stunning! It was on jack stands at the rear with the rear wheels off, but the front wheels were on. The bonnet was off, hanging upside down from the rafters, and the rear deck lid was up. To the front of the car was the engine sitting on a wooden stand made to hold it. To the rear were the parts that had been removed from the car, including the gear box, radiator, exhaust system and other small parts he had removed from the car. Through the dust, I could see the paint. It still shone like new. Bill said over the years he had waxed the car and showed me the old bottle of Blue Coral Wax he had used. The top was the only thing I could find that had deteriorated. It was puzzling, as the hood envelope was right there to the side of the car and other than dust, looked like new. Bill told me the top had been in great condition but a few years ago he had put something on it to preserve it, and whatever it was, had ruined it. He could not remember what he had used.

    The condition of the car was amazing. I have owned several low mileage XK's and presently have a 150 that is original, but while I have seen numerous all original cars in great condition, they all have a patina of age. Somehow, with the high altitude in Denver and relative low humidity, the condition in this garage must have been perfect, to preserve this car in almost new condition. The tires, wide white wall Dunlop's, are excellent. The rubber around openings and windows was like it had been forty-six (46) years ago, still soft and pliable. The chrome was all excellent. Everything on the car was as if the car had been just a few years old and had only been stored for a year or so. I had never seen a car in all my years dealing with Jaguars that was preserved as this car. In fact, looking at the tires, and overall condition of the car, I double and triple checked with Bill and his brother whether the car really had 17,000 miles or if it was more like 7,000 miles. They both stayed firm and stated it had 17,000 miles.

    I asked Bill why he had taken the engine compartment apart, including the steering column. He told me he had wanted to clean and detail it well before he put the engine back in. The detailing never got done, but not much was needed. He had also painted the brake drums, top of the radiator, head, and pulleys on the engine red. He said he must have liked red at the time. He also had taken off the leather spring gaiters and carefully wrapped them in paper to preserve them; they looked like new! In addition, he had removed one wing vent and the taillight lenses out of curiosity. He had the can of paint that came with the car and had touched in a couple of little chips. Other than as explained, the car was just as it left the factory, with all the parts looking like new.

    In the parcel shelf, was installed the original Smith's Radiomobile speakers with some sort of original cloth bags, on the underside, around them. The battery area is like new and the car has the original Lucas batteries that look like new. The headlining is excellent and needs nothing. I had no idea the doors on these 120 DHC's closed so well. The fit of everything was impressive. Most of the tools were still there with the original tool roll. All the parts he took off in the engine compartment, including the engine, gearbox, and ancillaries, looked almost like new. Even the hoses and hose clamps looked great. I could go on and on.

    One thing was clear, this was what we call a "no brainer", it had to be bought. I called Terry Larson and told him about the car. He agreed. Arrangements were made to buy the car and he wired money the next day.

    My trailer was full and would be full coming back, as well, so I couldn't take the car right then. I thought it should be safe for another couple of weeks, as it had been there for forty-six (46) years. I was planning to spend a little time in the Washington D.C. area, but was anxious, so I shortened my stay, and got back earlier to expedite picking up the 120. After a day at home to drop off the 140 I had picked up, and get a little rest, I left for Denver to pick up "the car". I was very excited.

    I now have the 120 in my shop. We are in the process of cleaning and reassembling it. The red paint will be removed, we will go through the brake system, new hoses will be put on, (even though the old hoses nice) and a new top has been ordered. After pulling the head and pan and inspecting the bearings, I found the engine in excellent condition. The tires with new tubes are still useable and look great, two of the tires still had air in them!

    It is hoped that in a couple of weeks this car will be ready to be driven for the first time in forty-six (46) years!

    XK 120 DHC SE Chassis # S673168, Engine # F2245-85, Body # P2376, Gearbox # JL20860

    2006-01-31 01:50:30 | Mike writes:

    (Note: This comment originally was on car number 673168, which was the incorrect car number.)
    This is a duplicate entry of 678168 . please note that none of the equipment or the body number is correct for this number

    2006-01-31 07:32:47 | Urs Schmid writes:

    (Note: This comment originally was on car number 673168, which was the incorrect car number.)
    Chassis number of the Ex-Imber car should read S678168, not 673168 (see invoice), being a DHC and not an OTS! Car has been imported to Switzerland in 2003, now forming part of a well known Swiss collection of original XK's. Sorry, it's no longer situated in the US.

    2006-08-22 10:35:00 | Richard Garcia writes:

    A dream story of a fantastic 'barnfind' told by famous American collector/restorer Randy Aagaard who owns the car. Described as an absolute timewarp, the article is worth reading on jcna.com. A drooling moment and a new marvel resurfacing !

    2008-09-13 22:14:02 | Roger writes:

    Note, I deleted 673168 (at least in its current duplicate form) and move one image and a comment from there to here. Sorry about the mix-up.

    2010-11-24 07:20:49 | John Elmgreen writes:

    Chassis has S prefix

    2020-10-10 18:37:22 | Trudy Imber Carroll writes:

    I am the youngest sister of William J. Imber, Jr...there are four of us, his siblings, still living..I am the youngest..age 84..Our brother, William, died several years ago in Denver..I was mesmerised of your story about meeting Bill and the purchase of the car..I was not living in Denver at the time of the purchase so was quite taken by your account of it..Great story..thank you for sharing..

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