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Welcome to the International Jaguar XK Club
Welcome to the International Jaguar XK Club
The only International Club dedicated
to classic XK120s, 140s and 150s
We have another Representative vacancy in the UK, this time for West Sussex. Steve Jackman, who has ably looked after both the XK and E-type Club members in the region, is stepping down. If you would be interested in taking on the role, please let Sarah know.
We have been receiving some lovely images from members over the past few months, and I just wanted to say a word about image size. Please send any images at full size, even if that means sending them over multiple emails or via WeTransfer. As a rule of thumb, if the file size is smaller than 250kb, it’s likely to be too small for us to use. Over 500kb should be OK. The example here is a lovely one from last summer’s Dorset day out...
Jaguar Heritage Certificates
Since 1931, details of every SS and Jaguar vehicle that has been produced have been recorded. Initially in a bound ledger which was completed as a vehicle made its way down the production line; from the 1980s a computerised system to recording the same details.
Our XK adventures this month take us to some less-travelled Spanish roads and into the realms of strange coincidence – or could it be destiny??
All this and some technical tips on expansion tanks and catalytic converters.
Coincidence or destiny?
Bob Knijnenburg tells the remarkable story of his XK 120, which was first owned by an American with a wartime link to his hometown
When I bought my 1954 Jaguar XK 120 OTS SE as a restoration project, I thought this was ‘just another’ XK 120 from the States brought (back) to Europe. The seller had been so kind to arrange a Jaguar Heritage Certificate, and next to all the usual information, the name of the first owner was mentioned, meaning this car had been built on an explicit customer request. The first owner was Dr AW Skoog-Smith, but unfortunately no city or state was mentioned. This was the moment my search started, to learn more about the car and its first owner, which would lead to a rather surprising result that made me choose the above title for this story.
The car in question was built at Browns Lane on 8 April 1954, as a LHD XK 120 Special Equipment version. It was dispatched by boat on 30 April 1954 to West Coast importer Charles Hornburg, responsible for all Jaguar dealers west of the Mississippi. No ‘original dealer’ was mentioned on the Heritage Certificate, unfortunately.
As we learned later, Dr Skoog-Smith’s Jaguar received a number of dealer-fitted extras, such as two Lucas 406-type wing mirrors, an unknown radio with retractable aerial, and an American period rear bumper protection. It would have been interesting to know in which US harbour this car had been unloaded...
XKs in the News
XK 150 Drophead Coupé at Artcurial’s Rétromobile 2024 sale
This 1958 XK 150 Drophead Coupé will be offered for sale at
Artcurial’s Rétromobile auction in Paris on 2 February with no
reserve. It was delivered new on 3 December 1958 to New York, in its current colour combination of Cream with red interior.
Bought in 1989 by the current owner’s father, it has remained in the same Austrian family ever since. Chassis number S837837BW is equipped with its original engine (‘matching numbers’) and a Borg Warner automatic gearbox. The car is the subject of an older restoration, and the catalogue
listing states that ‘it has been little used since and the bodywork still looks...
The website, which is actively managed and often updated daily, has a 'Members’ Only' section with a library of technical articles and is ever-expanding.
The Club’s emphasis is very much on using our cars – the XK was designed to be driven!
Thus we have a wide range of events from runs to international tours, from lunches to weekends, from track days to technical seminars. Many are free of charge or the cost is modest. Above all, we aim to give value for money. Some are organised by HQ, and some by our splendid volunteer Representatives around the UK, Europe, the USA, Australia and many other countries.
You may recall that I wrote a few months ago that we are planning an XK Media Event. We are very concerned that the classic car world is in danger of forgetting XKs, and when I say ‘we’ I refer to everyone associated with XKs, whether that be owners or members of the trade whose businesses depend on the popularity of these cars.
Value is a crude measure but there is no denying that values have plateaued and, in some cases, even dropped. So, rather than just sitting back and letting things slide, we are working on various initiatives. The main one is an XK Media Event. Basically, we want to educate appropriate media as to how good XKs are, how practical and usable they are, how they are a passport to a very special lifestyle, to say nothing of the pleasure of driving and admiring them.
When I say ‘appropriate media’, we are not talking of simply the classic car press; they ‘should’ be aware of how good XKs are, though a reminder would not hurt. We want to invite the wider press, such as lifestyle journalists who will know nothing about old cars but will hopefully see an opportunity...
Why Buy an XK?
Apart from the emotional aspects, there are a number of hard-headed reasons to buy a classic XK.
Reliability – there is no point in owning a classic car unless you can use and enjoy it, and do so with confidence it is not going to let you down. We have members who have clocked up 100,000 miles in 10 years, in some of the world’s toughest terrain, with no problems. All the XK mechanical components were used in the higher volume saloon cars (sedans) and many were proved at Le Mans. This makes the XKs different...
Why Join the XK Club?
The opportunity to participate in a wide range of International events, including tours, track days, dinners, factory tours, motoring weekends, hillclimbs and lunches
Monthly 68+ page magazine —The XK Gazette
Expert technical advice
Free Classified advertisements
Discounts on parts, services & more
Porter Press International
Porter Press publishes the finest selection of top quality Jaguar books in the world, bar none and these are just some of the titles in their portfolio...
Check with Club HQ for your member discount code (valid on most Porter Press titles).
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