This stunning XK120 roadster was, amazingly, owned by its late owner since 1959 and spent its whole life in the San Francisco area. Around 17 years ago he decided to undertake a painstaking restoration to the best concours standards and employed some of California's best Jaguar specialists to achieve this - all of the associated invoices are on file. Since completion of the work the car has only covered around 500 miles.
This wonderful, original Super specification 356 has spent its whole life in California and more recently Nevada. As confirmed by the Factory Certificate of Authenticity, it was delivered new in its current colour combination of black paintwork with black interior trim, a rare combination at the time. It was also fitted with the chrome wheel option from new. Correct Hella spotlights adorn the nose of the car whilst the interior boasts original headrests and a Nardi wodd-rimmed steering wheel The car is in beautiful condition throughout and retains its original floorpans which are in excellent order. The interior was re-trimmed several years ago by acknowledged specialists Autos International in California whilst the engine is a high performance unit assembled by renowned Porsche engine builder Alan Klingen of 'The Stable'. The car's original numbers matching crankcase is still present and the matching gearbox was recently rebuilt by Vic Skirmants. The original toolkit and driver's manual are included along with a small quantity of spares and original parts.
Delivered to its first owner, Mr. Clarke, in March 1947, this HRG 1100 was used extensively by its first two owners for hillclimb, sprint and trials competition in the UK. The original sales paperwork from Charles Follett remains in the history file along with numerous photographs of the car throughout its life. The car went to the USA in 1964 and remained in the hands of one family there until fairly recently. Following a restoration carried out not long after it arrived in California, the car was successful in concours events throughout the 1960's. HRG's are currently enjoying a period of recognition as people begin to appreciate the wide variety of events for which they are ideally suited and it is rare to find an example with such an interesting and well documented history.
One of only 600 T6 cabriolets built in 1961 for the ‘62 model year. The last owner is a well-known Californian Porsche enthusiast with a large collection, including many 4-cam models, and a museum of rare automobilia. The car is accompanied by a history file which documents the work carried out on the car for the last owner with a thick wad of invoices amounting to over £16,000 together with photographs of the restoration. Jobs included paintwork, all new trim and hood, and detail work on the underside. Finished in Signal Red with black leather trim, matching square-weave carpet and new black hood and hood bag. The car is fitted with the desirable options of chrome wheels, chrome ‘Leitz’ luggage rack and period Blaupunkt ‘Highway Hi-Fi’ radio plus a very rare and valuable Les Leston wood rimmed steering wheel. The car is UK registered and comes complete with owner’s handbook, original-style toolkit and jack.
Sold new to Lieut. Cmmdr. E.P.H. Pinckney serving on board HMS Berwick, who was sadly killed during WWII. Cecil Andrew then owned the car until 1948 when he emigrated to Bermuda. In the history file there is a photograph of his son with the car circa 1945. The car went to the USA in the mid 1960's when Paul Wilde was trying to find a suitable car to tempt Raymond Suerth to part with a disassembled Mercedes 500K. The plan obviously worked as Mr. Suerth kept the Alvis for the next 25 years! During this period a restoration was started but the the restoration company went out of business and he kept the car in pieces for several years before trading it with Jerry Bradley in 1990. Mr. Bradley worked steadily on the car until his untimely death and the last owner, an Alvis enthusiast and active CCCA member, acquired it from his widow in 1992, completing the restoration over the next two years. Shown regularly over the ensuing years the car remains in excellent condition throughout. Only 39 Speed 25's were bodied by Cross & Ellis in this elegant style with the very low hood line, folding screen and the convenience of 4 doors.
Coachwork by Reutter. This rare Super-90 spec. car has a lovely history, having been collected direct from the factory by its first owner. He was a Dutch chemical engineer working in California and having picked up his new car with his wife they toured Europe before shipping it back home. 30 years later the car passed to his nephew before being sold to the second owner in 1992. The third and last owner bought the car in 1999 so 3 owners from new. Obviously matching numbers and still in the original colours of silver with beautiful red leather trim and carpets, the car also has its original factory hardtop plus other original accessories as noted on the CofA. The history file also contains copies of great period photo’s of the car in Europe and the U.S.
The factory Kardex which accompanies this fabulous 356 coupe confirms that is a genuine SC model which retains its original engine and is still finished in its original colour scheme of Dolphin Grey with blue trim, including headrests. The letter from Porsche that accompanies the Kardex, dated 1988, mentions that the then owner, a USAF Major from Ohio, was in the process of restoring the car to original condition. For the last few years the car has resided in California and remains in immaculate condition throughout, driving superbly as one would expect from the ultimate incarnation of the non-Carrera 356's, fitted as it is with the 95bhp engine option and disc brakes front and rear.
In 1961 Karmann developed a new variant of the 356; the Hardtop, more commonly referred to today as the 'Notchback'. Early cars featured a cabriolet body with the hardtop simply welded in to place but the later T6 cars were a properly engineered design with a fully integrated body shell. This is one such T6, one of only 699 built in 1961 and 1962. It spent its life in the dry states of the USA before coming to the UK where it is now MoT'd and registered. Beautifully finished in the period colour of Aetna Blue with contrasting dark blue roof and matching interior trim.