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United KingdomYWG243

ZimbabweS34034

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Record Creation: Entered on 9 October 2022.

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Heritage Notes

Original registration S 34034 is from Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe

Car History

Rhodesia, UK

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2005-10-26 12:35:24 | Steven D. writes:

Car shown in photo group of 2001 XK Club Day in UK.

2016-08-11 01:03:49 | pauls writes:

Car listed for sale in the August 2016 edition of the XK Gazette. Completely restored. Contact Tom Harris tom@anyeffects.com White, painted wheels

2018-08-17 16:12:22 | pauls writes:

Car attended the XK70 event June 2018

2021-03-01 14:23:54 | pauls writes:

Car to be at auciton 4/21

www.historics.co.uk/buying/auctions/2021-04-17/cars/ref-47-1952-jaguar-xk120-fix ...%C3%A9-ebs/

Auction description:

Ascot Racecourse April 17th 2021

Lot 236

1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixedhead Coupé

Registration YWG 243 Chassis Number 669004 Engine Number W7058-7

Estimate £90,000 - £110,000 did not sell

Restored regardless of cost

Numerous sympathetic upgrades

Originally delivered to the first wealthy owner in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) through Sagers of Bulawayo in February 1953, little is known of this car during its time in southern Africa. It was not until its recent discovery by the current owner that its real identity came to light.

Jaguar chassis 669004 was uncovered by the vendor whilst looking for another type of car, more along the Mk. IX style. Land-locked Zimbabwe has the perfect temperate climate for keeping these cars in good order despite any superficial degradation. During his search, various other examples started to come out of the woodwork. A pristine Mk. IX then another from a tobacco farm north of Bulawayo. A partially dismantled XK140 was difficult to refuse and then whilst viewing this as part of a private collection, just visible in the long grass was the unforgettable shape of an XK120 fixedhead coupé.

But not just any fixedhead 120; incredibly, the fourth ever built. Four cars were eventually shipped back and the restoration, once safely home in the UK, began in earnest. Protecting the originality of the car had been a priority and, whilst some parts were missing, they have been replaced with sourced original parts. Simple and minimal modifications have been introduced where the better option was available such as rack and pinion steering, wire wheels, bucket seats and unique weld-free installation of telescopic shock absorbers. Other sympathetic modifications included a louvered bonnet and Le Mans fuel filler cap. Unused items and parts, rescued from the long grass, will also be included in the sale. The body was stripped and restored by award-winning Leaping Cats of Warwickshire with paint by Brookfield Classics ‘quality without compromise’, near Leicester with the engine rebuilt by Jaguar specialist, David Butcher.

The interior has been taken care of by CMC’s top trimmer, the renowned Tom Hampton, and assembly by meticulous owner, Tom Harris and, an icon in the XK world, Merv James. It is fair to say that this car has been restored regardless of cost and with only 195 right hand drive 120 fixedheads built in total with just two in 1951 (the scrapped prototype and the record-breaking ‘Seven days and Nights’ car) and another two in 1952, chassis 669003 now owned by E-Type and XK guru, Mr. Philip Porter, of famed Porter Press and this car, number four. Officially the second only XK120, right hand drive, fixedhead coupé ever sold to the general public.

Complete with XK Club certification and a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate, it is safe to say that this is one of the rarest and most collectible XKs on the market today.

The following spare parts are also included with this lot;

• Original steering box and column

• Original steering arms, links and idler

• Original steering lock stops (cut from chassis)

• Original steel wheels

• Original aluminium and timber framed doors

• Original door and bonnet and boot hinges

• Miscellaneous catches and clips

• Body fittings (small e.g. wing stays etc.)

2021-03-02 01:28:19 | JeremyB writes:

One would have hoped that the ‘award-winning’ restorers with their ‘quality without compromise’ might have done the rear wing beading correctly. It is either the wrong colour, or missing.

2022-10-09 14:01:49 | pauls writes:

Car now offered at:

www.classic-trader.com/uk/cars/listing/jaguar/xk/xk-120-fhc/1952/272212

Seller's description:

Jaguar XK 120 Coupe, 1952, Cream with red leather interior and white wire wheels with chrome spinners. This is the fourth right hand drive XK ever built and it has an incredible story to tell, it was shipped to Rhodesia when completed in December 1952 and supplied new by Sagers of Bulawayo the Jaguar agent, to the first owner who is thought to have been John Love the six times SA formula one champion and 1962 British touring car champion who also owned the dealership in Bulawayo. The incredible story of this car continued when in 1998 it was discovered lying abandoned in a garden in a state of disrepair with three other Jaguars. The discovery was made by a passionate Jaguar collector who was filming on location at the time. He set about repatriating these cars to the UK by obtaining the relevant paperwork from the authorities and locating a forty foot container to load them all in, he was told repeatedly that they would not all fit , but after a few days of hard graft and with help from the locals, lengths of wood, some rope and the trusty old method called a Spanish windlass the cars were all safely loaded. He has created a short personal film to show the effort and thought that went into getting these cars back to the UK, aptly called Jaguars out of Africa. Once safely home he set about a stunning restoration of this car with the help of the following experts, Leaping Cats (bodywork) Brookfield (paintwork) Tom Hampton (interior) Merv James Ex Vicarage and CMC (assembly) Sympathetic upgrades included, rack and pinion steering , telescopic shock absorbers, and a louvered bonnet. The history file contains, a Heritage certificate along with, photos of the discovery and restoration process, bills and V5 etc.

Now today this car the fourth right hand drive XK 120 Coupe Produced and also the second one to be sold to a private owner is simply stunning throughout and has only covered sixty shakedown miles since it's comprehensive rebuild. A real touching story to see this important car brought back to it's former glory after being found half way across the world.

2023-08-16 06:11:00 | Matt K writes:

I have purchased this car in 2022

Had the suspension taken back to original ride height at CMC

Various other work at Guy Broad to improve start, go and stopping

Drives wonderful and will be used on European rallies as well as on the local roads

Credit to Tom who found the car and undertook a marvelous restoration

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