1958' Jaguar Mk1
This car left the factory in Old English White, the first owner being a Tech/ Sgt Getlin. It was privately exported, possibly to the US. What’s clear is that it spent it’s time in a dry climate - the bodywork remained generally sound and original.
The present owner acquired this car in 2011 and placed it in the hands of Paul Roach Jaguar who specialise in classic Jaguars (and specifically the MK1). Braking (Dunlop discs), steering, suspension & damping, cooling, fuel, ignition systems were all rebuilt/ replaced. Wire wheels were fitted. The rears are competition versions offset to provide a wider track. This was a popular period modification to improve the handling; the factory cars featured a rear track which was narrower than the front. Replacement rear springs include an extra leaf; this stiffened set-up ensures that the car handles very well. It’s very enjoyable to drive.
A full bare metal body rebuild was undertaken in 2018 by Vintage Voitures in France…outer sills, lower door and boot panels were the major items addressed along with other local repairs. New carpets and headlining from Aldridge Trimming Ltd of Wolverhampton were fitted following the completion of the bodywork. The car benefits from a Trico folding sun-roof.
CKL Developments completed work on the original Moss gearbox in early 2020. Further work includes re-chroming of radiator grill and other items by Doug Taylor in Somerset and maintenance & sundry repairs by the Weald Service Station in Goudhurst Kent where the car is stored.
The car had acquired a coat of non-Jaguar red at some point, and the body restoration was finished in “Carmen Red” which is a true Jaguar colour.
The MK1 had also been allocated an age-related registration TFO 470. The current owner obtained documentary evidence of the original registration including a facsimile of the relevant page of the registration ledger, and so UWK 260 was returned to the car after almost sixty years. This is a Coventry registration, something which Jaguar owners prize.
When Jaguar introduced the MK2 in 1959 these earlier cars became retrospectively known as MK1’s. They had first become available in 1955 with 2. 4 litre engine capacity, but it was with the launch of the 3. 4 version in 1957 that these cars really gained the power which the chassis deserved. They still regularly beat the opposition on the track in historic racing, as they did in period in the hands of Roy Salvadori, Stirling Moss, Tommy Sopwith and, of course, Mike Hawthorn.
On the road their performance sparkled too…after all this was the first 120 MPH Jaguar saloon. All in all, a 3. 4 litre MK1 with manual transmission and overdrive still provides practicality and excitement in equal measure. UWK 260 combines these attributes.
The car is accompanied by a portfolio of documentation which include invoices for works, the Jaguar Heritage Certificate and a Certificate of Vehicle Authenticity from the Coventry Transport Museum together with the DVLA confirmation of restoration of the registration number & V5C. The mileage quoted is only as indicated by the odometer.
It can be viewed at the Weald Service Station in Goudhurst, Kent. Call Donald Sargeant on the details below or email using the button below
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- 5 August 2022