Driven: XK 120 C-type Jaguar

Larry Crane in the Jaguar C-type at the 16th Monterey Historics | Larry Crane archives photo
Larry Crane in the Jaguar C-type at the 16th Monterey Historics | Larry Crane archives photo

Phil Reilly’s big restoration shop in Corte Madera, California, was as bright as a hospital emergency room when my wife, Tracy, and I arrived at about 10 o’clock one Wednesday evening. Ross Cummings was waiting to release the last automotive patient before the four-day car guy’s bacchanalia affectionately known as the “Monterey Weekend.” Continue reading

Granddaughters go to auction to reclaim a family heirloom

This 1948 Jaguar was owned by Jaguar's deputy chairman | Historics at Brooklands photos
This 1948 Jaguar was owned by Jaguar’s deputy chairman | Historics at Brooklands photos

After discovering that their grandfather’s 1948 Jaguar was going to auction earlier this month at the Historics at Brookland sale, Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte outbid all others to claim the car. Well, actually to reclaim the car.

You see, this wasn’t just any 1948 Jaguar Mk. IV saloon. The girls’ grandfather was Arthur Whittaker, deputy chairman of the British automaker, and this had been his car, which they were bringing home 67 years after he’d last driven it. Continue reading

Yet another decrepit barn-find E-type to be auctioned

Despite its deteriorated condition, the early Jaguar E-Type is expected to sell for serious money | Classic Car Auctions photos
Despite its deteriorated condition, the early Jaguar E-Type is expected to sell for serious money | Classic Car Auctions photos

It seems that the world must be filled with abandoned Jaguars waiting to be discovered in barns and garages and then pulled out and sold at auction. Another desirable E-type coupe, an early 1962 model, has been unearthed in the UK and is being offered by Classic Car Auctions at its April 2 sale in Birmingham, England.

The Series 1 coupe has a known history of two British owners, the original one driving the car for 35 years before selling to the subsequent owner in November 1997, according to a news release from the auction house. Repainted white somewhere along the line, the car was originally painted Dark Opalescent Blue with Black trim. Continue reading

Coveted 1963 Jaguar E-type ‘lightweight’ racer set for auction

The Jaguar E-type Competition Lightweight racing in period | Bonhams archive
The Jaguar E-type Competition Lightweight racing in period | Bonhams archive

In 1963, Jaguar built just 12 of its celebrated “lightweight” E-type race cars, and today they are considered something of a Holy Grail of British competition cars.

One of those original factory lightweight cars will be auctioned at Bonhams’ Scottsdale sale in January, the 10th one produced. The auction house describes the car as an “exceedingly well-preserved and documented championship-winning example.” Continue reading

Jaguar’s legendary Norman Dewis, XJ13 race car in London show

Norman Dewis is known for his storytelling charm |  Classic & Sports Car Show photos
Norman Dewis is known for his storytelling charm | Classic & Sports Car Show photos

Legendary Jaguar test engineer Norman Dewis OBE will be honored at the Classic & Sports Car Show in London, where he will appear with one of the greatest Jaguar race cars that never raced, the mid-engine XJ13. Continue reading

Barn-find recovery of Jaguar E-type recorded in photos

The Jaguar XK-E coupe sits in the barn where it has been parked for more-than 40 years | H&H Classics photos
The Jaguar XK-E coupe sits in the barn where it has been parked for more-than 40 years | H&H Classics photos

The extraction of an early Jaguar E-type 3.8-liter coupe from a sodden wooden barn in the English countryside, where it had languished for four decades, was captured beautifully in photographs taken by H&H Classics, which will auction the car next month in England. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Jaguar XK-E Series II

The Jaguar E-type finds itself in a lush yard of tall grass
The Jaguar E-type finds itself in a lush yard of tall grass

OK, I admit it. The only reason I chose this Pick of the Day is so I could run this exceeding weird picture. It shows a Jaguar XK-E convertible awash in tall grass looking like a stricken ship at sea, stuck behind some old buildings where it’s apparently been for some time, barely visible because of the foliage.

The vibrant graffiti art on the brick walls only adds to the eerie strangeness of this shot. Continue reading

My Classic Car: John’s Dad’s 1954 Jaguar XK120

Dad and the Jag and car-show awards | Verhoek family archives
Dad and the Jag and car-show awards | Verhoek family archives

In 1959, my Father came to America from Europe in at the age of 23 with his Mother and Father and nine brothers and sisters. After acclimating to California for a few years, he purchased a 1954 Jaguar XK120 from the original owner in the San Francisco Bay area.

Within a couple of years he met my Mother and they drove to Reno in the Jag with some friends following and got married. A year later, in 1963, I was born. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Jaguar D-type replica

The Jaguar D-Type looks like the real thing
The Jaguar D-Type looks like the real thing

Many of us are still shell-shocked by the monumental prices fetched by the top cars at the Monterey Car Week auctions, with seven selling for more than $10 million. These include the top sale of the week, that of the historic 1955 Jaguar D-type roadster that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1956 and went to a new owner at RM Sotheby’s auction for a stunning $21,780,000 (including fees).

Now that’s a chunk of change, which 99.9 percent of us would be hard-pressed to pony up. The Pick of the Day offers another, more-affordable route for those who would like to celebrate the majesty of Jaguar’s fabulous endurance racer, just not with an eight-figure price tag. Continue reading

‘Time warp’ Jaguar XJ220 at Russo and Steele auction in Monterey

The mid-engine Jaguar XJ220 was once the world's fastest production car | Russo and Steele photos
The mid-engine Jaguar XJ220 was once the world’s fastest production car | Russo and Steele photos

Rarely seen but well-known among supercar enthusiasts, a 1993 Jaguar XJ220 in “time warp” condition will be offered in August at Russo and Steele’s auction during classic car week in Monterey, California. Continue reading