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Sandown Park's Jaguar Heritage Auction, April 14th 2013

By raccars Published

The Barons' Jaguar Heritage Auction this month sees Jaguars for all levels of collector available, starting with a 1995 XJ6 and going up to a spectacular 1954 XK120 Drophead Coupe.

Recently restored by Wales' Old School Engineering, the aim was to retain authenticity, avoiding modern upgrades – although an up-to-date FM radio with iPod jack is disguised behind a retro looking fascia.

The second in a trio of 1950s examples is a 1955 XK140 FHC, with coachwork and leather upholstery in red. This model shared the concours prize for best-presented vehicle in the 2009 Rally of the Tests and is kitted out for classic road rallying with a Brantz rally meter and clock.

A 1957 XK150 Drophead Coupe completes the triumvirate, this one also in red and benefiting from a conversion to 3.8S specification for E-Type performance.

Speaking of which, you will also find a classic E-Type in the catalogue, in the form of a 1966 S1 Roadster. This example has undergone extensive restoration and upgrading, such as conversion to a monocoque to make a roadster from the original FHC, with the later addition of a period hardtop. The driver's seat has also undergone modification, to allow more room for taller occupants.

The oldest Jaguar on display on the 14th April will be a particularly special1939 Freestone & Webb E4 Straight 8 Daimler Limousine, one of only five built and allegedly, the only remaining example in existence.

MkII fans will be pleased to find a 1960 3.4 litre model that has been under the same ownership for almost half a century. In this time, it has undergone two bare metal repaints and a 1997 VSE engine rebuild. In classic Racing Green on body-coloured wire wheels, as originally specified, it boasts a 3-speed Borg-Warner automatic transmission.

Enthusiasts will also be charmed by a 1947 MkIV Saloon in Royal Blue, with French blue leather interior and white livery, plus a 1983 Daimler Double Six. The latter is fitted with the ultimate version of Jaguar's V12 six litre engine by a V12 production line engineer. The engine's block, internals and ancillaries were brand new when fitted, while the suspension, transmission, steering and brakes were all upgraded, with Brembo discs on all four feet.

Along with the cars themselves, a particularly fun lot for sale at this auction is a 'JGR 1' registration plate, extremely desirable for an Jag owner. The auction is a great day out not only for serious buyers and collectors but also for Jaguar or car enthusiasts, with some stunning vehicles to be seen.

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