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David Beckham gives electric XK 140 to his son

David Beckham has presented his son Brooklyn, and his daughter-in-law Nicola, with an all-electric Jaguar XK 140 OTS, restored and electrified by Lunaz, as a gift to mark his eldest child’s wedding in Palm Beach, FL, USA. David Beckham has been an investor in Lunaz since June 2021. The company electrifies classic vehicles and is among the UK’s fastest-growing companies. The XK 140 was fully restored, modernised and electrified in Silverstone, England. It was commissioned by Beckham and is the product of thousands of hours of work from the company’s 120 craftspeople, designers and Electric Vehicle technicians. It was prepared entirely in-house with new, modern technology that is discreetly hidden. Dials and switches faithfully reflect the original Jaguar design but with subtle updates to provide information on the battery level and to operate contemporary functions. Brooklyn will also benefit from the car’s uprated brakes, suspension and steering.

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Es (and XKs) in the News

Bonhams has announced that it will be offering a 1970 US-spec E-type Series II that was delivered new to the SOLAR Movie Productions set of the Le Mans film.

 

The car will be offered in the Bonhams Monaco Sale during the 2022 Monaco Historic Grand Prix, on 13 May. The now Swiss-registered 1970 4.2-litre roadster will be offered with its original period UK number plates, carrying an estimate of €250,000-350,000 at no reserve. The left-hand-drive unrestored US-specification car has also retained its original silver over black colour scheme. Owner Fredy Zurbrügg was a young chef when he was

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approached by the movie’s production manager, Hubert Fröhlich, to work on the sixth Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which was filmed partly in Switzerland. Fröhlich approached him to work on his next production, Le Mans, and there the crew established its own compound known as ‘Solar Village’. Fredy brought his own kitchen from St Gallen, which was soon catering for 800 cast and crew members, including the lead Steve McQueen, for whom he invented a special dish – the ‘Steve Steak’. According to Fredy’s account, this friendliness extended to a generous gift, when the actor asked him to ‘choose one’ of the famous petrolhead’s personal fleet: a Jaguar, a Porsche 911 and a Mercedes Pagoda SL. ‘I decided on the silver Jaguar.'

Es (and XKs) in the News

Bonhams has announced that it will be offering a 1970 US-spec E-type Series II that was delivered new to the SOLAR Movie Productions set of the Le Mans film.

 

The car will be offered in the Bonhams Monaco Sale during the 2022 Monaco Historic Grand Prix, on 13 May. The now Swiss-registered 1970 4.2-litre roadster will be offered with its original period UK number plates, carrying an estimate of €250,000-350,000 at no reserve. The left-hand-drive unrestored US-specification car has also retained its original silver over black colour scheme. Owner Fredy Zurbrügg was a young chef when he was

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approached by the movie’s production manager, Hubert Fröhlich, to work on the sixth Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which was filmed partly in Switzerland. Fröhlich approached him to work on his next production, Le Mans, and there the crew established its own compound known as ‘Solar Village’. Fredy brought his own kitchen from St Gallen, which was soon catering for 800 cast and crew members, including the lead Steve McQueen, for whom he invented a special dish – the ‘Steve Steak’. According to Fredy’s account, this friendliness extended to a generous gift, when the actor asked him to ‘choose one’ of the famous petrolhead’s personal fleet: a Jaguar, a Porsche 911 and a Mercedes Pagoda SL. ‘I decided on the silver Jaguar.'

XKs in the News

New concours for April 2022

The organisers of Salon Privé have announced a new international luxury car event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on 21-23 April 2022. This inaugural event is in addition to the existing Salon Privé, which will return to Blenheim Palace for its 17th edition on 31 August-4 September.
The focus at Blenheim Palace is the Concours d’Elégance, whereas at Salon Privé London, the basis will be that everything on display is for sale. The ‘Concours de Vente’ will feature 60 of the very best collector cars from the UK and Europe’s most prominent specialist dealers, with all of them available for sale. The exact opposite is true at the Blenheim Palace Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance, which is a traditional ICJAG event, open only to privately owned cars, and where it is forbidden to enter a car that is for sale. The event will occupy the main South Lawn at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London.

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Salon Privé founder, Andrew Bagley said: ‘This is a world exclusive – an opportunity for the global elite collector car dealers to take centre stage themselves and enter a car in the inaugural Salon Privé Concours de Vente with all the cars in the new concours for sale across the three days of the event. But there will be judging and silverware too, with the most prized
classic car being awarded the ultimate Prix d’Honneur in the Concours de Vente Gala Dinner on the Friday night in the
Great Hall of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.’

Pinin Farina XK 120 at Amelia Island auction

The unique 1954 Pinin Farina-bodied XK 120, chassis number S675360, has been announced as one of the first lots at Bonham’s Amelia Island sale on 3 March 2022. The car left Browns Lane on 5 April 1954 before making its way to Italian coachbuilder Pinin Farina, which gave it a full
body makeover. It made its debut at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show before being shipped to the United States for East Coast importer Max Hoffman. 672 UYW’s history is a bit of a mystery after that because there is not much information about its first owner or its whereabouts after 1955.


The car languished in a poor state for 40 years in Germany before being found in 2015 and restored by Bridgnorth-based Classic Motor Cars. Its restoration, which took 6,725 hours over a period of two years, won the Restoration of the Year award at the Octane Awards 2017.

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Lynx D-type at H&H Classics Duxford Auction

This 1977 Lynx D-type was offered for sale at H&H Classics’ Imperial War Museum Duxford auction on 17 November with no reserve. A similar one was recently bid to $280,000 in the US on the ‘Bring a Trailer’ website, and this one sold for £213,750. The fourth chassis number
allocated and the third Lynx D-type to be completed, it was supplied new to Blair Hamilton of Classic & Thoroughbred Motors Ltd in Vancouver, who was a personal friend of company founder Guy Black. It was initially built to long-nose, high-tail 1955 specification with single screen and an aluminium body crafted by Williams and Pritchard, and raced at club level.

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OKV 421 was the subject of an article in the Vancouver Sun newspaper on 25 January 1978 and was repatriated two years later. It reportedly passed through the hands of Victor Gauntlett, Casper McDonald Hall and John Baynes thereafter; the latter had a slight off at Brands Hatch, which saw the two-seater returned to Lynx for minor repairs.


Bought by Barry Eastick during 1983, OKV 421 resumed its competition career the following decade at the Nürburgring, Silverstone and Spa- Francorchamps (having been the first Lynx D-type converted to dry-sump lubrication). Lynx converted it to ‘works 1956’ specification for the vendor, adding a passenger door and wraparound windscreen.

RM Sotheby’s is offering C-type chassis number XKC014 at its London sale, held in partnership with the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, on 5 November, with an estimate of £4,000,000-£4,500,000. The C-type left the Browns Lane works in Coventry on 7 October 1952 and was immediately dispatched to its first, Florida-based, owner – Commander John ‘Jack’ Rutherford finished in cream with a green suede interior. It was fitted with engine number E1014-8 and body number K-1014, and retains its matching-numbers status – although the current cylinder head is thought to be from a late XK 120.

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Rutherford competed in the car extensively between 1952 and 1960, achieving a timed run of 134.07mph at the 1953 NASCAR Speed Week at Daytona Beach. With its second owner, David S Burtner the car competed in several SCCA races in 1961 and 1962 and achieved several class victories, as well participating in the 1962 Road America 500 Miles.


The third US-based owner retained XKC014 for 24 years and eventually sold the Jaguar in 1988 to a German collector, who commissioned a restoration by Peter Jaye Engineering. During that work, the car was repainted British Racing Green. Later owners have included Skip Barber, Joel Loeb and Bill Jacobs. See rmsothebys.com

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A short-nose D-type sold for £799,000 at Bonham’s Goodwood Revival sale on 18 September. Chassis number XKD 570 was assembled in 1956 but then dismantled for parts by Jaguar. Beyond that brief initial period as a completely assembled and finished car, it has no further 1950s history. Andrew Whyte, in his book Jaguar – Sports-Racing & Competition Cars from
1954, records that XKD 570 went into the Jaguar Service Department ‘in bare metal state, 18 July 1956, with instructions to remove engine and gearbox and pass them to Bob Smart, the man in charge of Service Dept engine

and gearbox administration.’ Whyte noted that the timing of work on XKD 570 coincided with repairs on the badly damaged XKD 403, which led him to suggest that XKD 570 (or XKD 548) may have been used for part of that work.

 

The D-type now known as XKD 570 was rebuilt in the 1980s from assorted Jaguar and reproduction parts and was acquired by Italian artist Francesco Scianna, who asked Lynx Engineering to fit a more period-correct D-type rear subframe and live rear axle.
 

In 2009, XKD 570 (by then FIA accredited) was acquired by Valentine Lindsay, who competed in events such as the Mille Miglia, Goodwood Revival and the Silverstone Classic. Cared for by the likes of Pearson Engineering and CKL Developments over the years, the car sold for £799,000.

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A new trade association, the Historic and Classic Vehicles Alliance (HCVA), was launched on 25 May with a mission to protect and promote the classic car sector and secure its long-term future. It says that more than 100,000 jobs are in peril as a combination of bureaucracy and poorly focused environmental legislation threatens Britain’s world-leading classic vehicle industry.

 

With economic revival a top priority as the UK strives to recover from the COVID pandemic, the worry is that highly skilled engineers, restorers, craftsmen and parts suppliers face uncertainty over their livelihoods.

Leading figures in the classic vehicle industry fear complex new rules around exporting and importing cars and parts to and from the EU and widespread misunderstanding of the environmental impact of classic motoring, are damaging owners’ confidence and enthusiasm. The ‘not for profit’ organisation intends to campaign on behalf of individuals and companies in the classic vehicle world, including specialist restorers, dealers, parts suppliers and a broad cross-section of the industry.


HCVA director Henry Pearman said: ‘The time has come for us in the industry, owners and enthusiasts to all to join together to correct a host of myths and misconceptions and to protect and celebrate the world we love.’


Membership is open to businesses and individuals. For more details, see hcva.co.uk.