Pride of Jaguars spanning six decades roar at H&H Classics next auction

At The Imperial War Museum, Duxford, October 14

13/10/2020     General News

1956 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe just 480 RHD examples made £70,000 - £80,000

For all Jaguar enthusiasts the next H&H Classics auction on October 14 at Duxford offers an exciting opportunity to indulge their taste with some outstanding examples of the marque for sale.

The 1956 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe (above) was supplied new to Lieutenant R.C. Hallinan whilst he was stationed in Dusseldorf under the 'Personal Export Delivery' scheme and extensively restored in 1989 by then owner, Monsieur Kuhn-Crossier, for use in historic rallying including deseaming and the fitment of full metal floors. Its correct-type replacement engine is rumoured to be a factory rebuilt / exchange unit to 'C-Type' specification. 

It has had three UK keepers since being repatriated from Monaco in 2002 and repainted in its original Cream livery.

According to its accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, chassis 807458DN was built to right-hand drive specification on September 11th 1956 and supplied new to Lieutenant R.C. Hallinan whilst he was stationed in West Germany under the ‘Personal Export Delivery’ scheme. Originally finished in Cream and issued with the Coventry registration number ‘SKV 711’ prior to despatch, the Jaguar subsequently returned to the UK where it starred in a 1962 episode of the Edgar Wallace Mysteries entitled ‘Candidate for Murder’ (the Edgar Wallace Mysteries later shown on TV.

Known to have belonged to Richard Green from 1962-1969, the XK140 had migrated to France by 1989 where its then owner, Monsieur Kuhn-Crosier of Lyon, commissioned an extensive restoration which included upgrades for Alpine rallying. As well as being repainted Red and re-trimmed with Black leather, the bodywork was de-seamed and fitted with full metal floors. The consequent increase in rigidity benefiting both the Drophead Coupe’s strength and handling.

Appearing at a Monaco auction some 10,000 miles later, the Jaguar was bought by Gerald Harvey who drove it back to the UK. Re-registered with the DVLA on June 1st 2002, the XK140 had been returned to its initial Cream livery and rewired by the time the previous registered keeper acquired it the following August. Part of a private Cornish collection for the last decade, ‘SKV 711’ has seen very little use. However, it did pass a MOT test on September 24th 2020.

1955 Jaguar XK140 Fixed Head Coupe £60,000 - £70,000

One of 843 right-hand drive examples made and first owned by Harold Hilton of Bury, Lancashire this car was extensively restored by Beck Motors Ltd from 1989-1990 and thereafter sympathetically uprated for eventing: Vicarage power steering, front disc brakes, alternator, Brantz trip meter, aluminium radiator, Kenlowe fan It has ‘matching' chassis, body and engine numbers plus specified from new with overdrive.

The XK140 was among the fastest cars of its generation. Reputedly capable of over 130mph, it focused public consciousness on Jaguar's continued success at Le Mans (the Coventry marque winning the endurance classic in 1951, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957).

According to its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, chassis 804456DN was built on October 6th 1955 and supplied new to Harold Hilton of Bury, Lancashire. Equipped with four-speed manual plus overdrive transmission, it is known to have subsequently belonged to D. Higham, R. Mace, A. Millichap, J. Myson, P. Twinley and P. Trill before entering the current ownership during November 2016.

The accompanying history file contains invoices dating back to Mr Mace’s tenure in 1974 and shows that Mr Millichap had the Jaguar extensively mechanically and cosmetically restored by Beck Motors Ltd of Sulby, Isle of Man during the late 1980s.

Predominantly used for local journeys over the past four years except for a memorable trip to the South of France and back, the Jaguar was treated to new front brake callipers in 2018 and had its coolant hoses replaced earlier this year. A well-developed touring car that boasts matching chassis, engine and body numbers, the XK140 started readily and ran well during our recent photography session. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, history file and ‘no advisories’ MOT certificate valid until November 24th 2020.

2016 Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7- one of just 250 £80,000 - £100,000 Only 650 miles from new & one of only 80 RHD models

This breath-taking car is one just of 250 produced and just one of 80 RHD examples. Finished in Goodwood Blue it is complemented by a Jet Black interior. It has done just 650 miles from new and is offered with a Project 7 bookpack.

The 575 BHP, 5.0L Supercharged V8 and the last example made has been in its current ownership since 2017 and last serviced by Jaguar Droitwich in 2018. It is capable of hitting 60mph in a disdainful 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 186mph

It was at Goodwood in 2014 that Jaguar unveiled its single-seat, short-screen speedster concept car, that had the dual roles of celebrating the company’s seven Le Mans victories (hence Project 7) and simultaneously demonstrating how the F-Type could be developed into a truly hard-edged sports car.

Interest was sufficiently high that 250 two-seat versions (only 80 of which were RHD) were subsequently built and rapidly sold for c.£135,000 each. Designed by Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations team, it was quite simply the most powerful road-going model ever to wear the firm’s famous logo and, with 567bhp and a stump-pulling 516 lb ft of torque on tap, is capable of hitting 60mph in a disdainful 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 186mph. The power is fed to the road via an eight-speed ‘Quickshift’ automatic gearbox tuned for faster response and snappier shifts. Stopping is achieved via carbon-ceramic brakes all-round, while 20 inch Continental ForceContact tyres are the chosen means of contact with the road.

The example offered is one of the 80 UK specification cars. Finished in Goodwood Blue complemented by a Jet Black interior, it was in fact the last of the line. And, with just 650 miles to its name even now, it is in as new condition, and the vendor unsurprisingly rates the bodywork, paintwork, upholstery, supercharged V8 engine and transmission as all being in ‘excellent condition’.

The sale of ‘DK66 EEY’ represents a rare opportunity to acquire a very special limited-edition model of Jaguar that was a collectors’ item from birth. It is being offered complete with Tracker, Project 7 book pack, and its full complement of manuals and tools, plus an MOT certificate valid into may of next year.

1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster - 49,900 miles from new £75,000 - £85,000

This lovely E-Type has done just 49,900 warranted miles from new and has only had four owners. It is offered with registration number 18VT which has been on the car since 1976.

It has Home-market, matching numbers car offered with Heritage Certificate, original book pack and weather equipment.

From birth the E-Type was available as in Fixed-Head Coupe or two-seat Roadster bodystyles. For 1966, a 2+2 version of the Coupe was added to the range that was 9in longer and 

featured a more vertical windscreen. The Series 3 cars were introduced in 1971, all but a handful of which were fitted with Jaguar's new 5.3-litre V12 engine. The original (short) wheelbase was discontinued, and the revised car offered only as Roadster (now based on the longer 2+2 floorpan) or 2+2 Coupe. Production of the Series 3 model continued until 1975, when the range was superseded by the XJS; by which time some 15,000 V12-engined examples had been produced - most of which were exported to North America. Series 3 E-Types are readily identified from their predecessors by the large cross-slatted radiator grille, flared wheel arches, wider track and V12 badge on the rear.

This most eye-catching of home-market Series 3 E-Types is finished in the original strident combination of Primrose Yellow bodywork and Black leather upholstery. Manufacturer in 1973 it was first supplied to Lathams of Loughborough for use as a demonstrator car and was first registered 3rd May 1974. Since then it has had just four keepers to date; the second one of whom, a Group Captain, retained the car from 1976 to 2010. Offered with a large collection of MOTs which endorse the low mileage of 49,900, it also comes with the distinctive registration '18 VT', which has adorned the Jaguar since at least 1976. Other inclusions are a full set of weather equipment and hood cover; the car's original book pack and wallet; Heritage Certificate; bill for £5,195 relating to the Group Captain's purchase; pair of keys; wheel tools and tool roll. Since the vendors purchase, the car has been serviced in 2019 including engine fettling costing c.£5,000.