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Jags lead the way at Dorset sale

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A SUPERB 1959 Jaguar XK150SE fixed-head coupe is the star attraction at Dorset Vintage & Classic Auctions’ sale at Athelhampton House, near Dorchester, Dorset, next Wednesday (November 23).

The right-hand drive indigo blue Jag was the subject of a thorough restoration completed in 2011; it then passed into the ownership of the late Paul Channon, a highly successful motor sport competitor.

It is estimated at between £50,000 and £60,000.

The car has a 3.4 engine and twin carburettors. The body assembly was lifted and the chassis checked and rustproofed. The body assembly was then refitted to the chassis with new packing shims and to this day, the panel gaps are excellent and the doors close nicely.

All body panels are original, apart from replacement sill panel assemblies, door pillars and hinge boxes. The original colour remains in good order after a respray in 2010 and the rustproofing has clearly paid off as the chassis and underside also remain good.

A full retrim (including the fitting of new headlining) was carried out at the time of restoration and importantly, a new wiring loom was fitted, together with a master switch, electronic ignition and a Kenlowe fan. A ‘spin-on’ oil filter system was also installed, as well as a new radiator and hoses, and a stainless steel exhaust system.

DVCA sold the car to the late Paul Channon in June 2011. Paul was an enthusiastic driver throughout his motoring career; in the 1950s, he successfully competed in the Monte Carlo Rally, driving Sunbeam Talbots and Rileys. He rallied and road raced a variety of cars after that time, but is best known for competing in his AC Cobra for several decades.

The XK150 was to be Paul’s final ‘toy’ and was used for the occasional gentle road rally. Ownership of the Jaguar has now passed to his daughter.

The extensive history file accompanying the car contains a Jaguar factory service manual (covering all XK models), a Jaguar DVD of parts and service manuals from 1948-61, a handbook (with maintenance chart), wiring diagrams, correspondence, numerous invoices from the aforesaid professional restoration, the V5C registration certificate and a ‘Jaguar World’ restoration manual.

Wednesday’s sale also features two other Jaguars: a 1966 Jaguar Mk II 3.8 Saloon, guided at £18-20k; and a 1967 Jaguar S-Type 3.4 Saloon (£14-16k). There is also a 1968 Daimler V8 250 Saloon (£9-12k); and a 1999 Daimler V8 Auto Saloon (£1,750 to £2k).

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