Monthly Archiv: September, 2013

Monterey E-Type Report

Today we take a look at many of the great E-Types from Monterey. This year the record for a street 4.2 Roadster was broken twice at public auction and the secret weapon seems to be the factory-fitted hardtop on a Series I Roadster.

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster 1E11363 – sold for $269,500 at Gooding & Company. A Wonderfully Original Series 1 E-Type. 40,000-Mile, Matching-Numbers. Example. Cherished by One Owner for 30 Years. Classic Opalescent Dark Green over Beige Color Scheme. Beautifully Preserved Factory Finishes. Equipped with Accessory Hardtop and Period Motorola Radio.

1967 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2 Roadster 1E15099 – sold for $253,000 at RM Auctions. Rare factory triple black color scheme. A well-maintained original California “black plate” car. Accompanied by JDHT Certificate. First in Class at the 2013 Dana Point Concours.

1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 850476 – sold for $170,500 at RM Auctions. One of just 2,203 Roadsters produced for 1963. Former JCNA National three-time First Prize winner. Numbers-matching example. During 1963, Jaguar produced only 2,023 open two-seat roadsters, including this Old English White over red leather beauty. A canvas black top and black boot with red piping complete the handsome ensemble. While having been acquired over 10 years ago by its current owner, it has recently been looked over mechanically, with a thorough rejuvenation of its brakes, carburetors, wheel cylinders, gas tank, and other mechanicals performed by Radical Motorsports, of Ramsey, New Jersey. According to the consigner, the no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration was completed over 10 years ago, but it continues to appear fresh, as if it was more recently completed. He adds that the interior appears as brand new, and the chrome and trim remain in excellent condition.

1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Liter Roadster 1E14491 – sold for $187,000 at Bonhams. Matching numbers example. Beautifully restored. Complete with books and tools. Finished in its original colors. Offered with history file and Heritage Trust Certificate.

1963 Jaguar XKE Low Drag Coupe Conversion 880400 raced at the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in the Group 5A – 1963-1966 GT Cars over 2500cc against the Corvettes and Shelby Mustangs. This is an exacting conversion by RS Panels to convert this car into the famous Linder Nocker low-drag coupe configuration.

1964 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster at the 2013 The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering owned by Pamela & Patrick Simone, Recently restored by Ray Nierlich.

1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster – sold for $47,500 at Mecum. 1970 Jaguar XKE 4.2L Roadster. Open two seater. One family owned California car since 1982. 4.2L inline six cylinder engine. 5-speed manual transmission. Ribbed cam cover. Believed to be 66,000 miles. Carefully maintained for over 42 years. Custom wire wheels. Recently repainted. Blue with Black interior and Blue soft top. Wood rimmed steering wheel.

1969 Jaguar E-type Series II Roadster – sold for $39,000 at Mecum. California car. Never any rust. New interior. Numbers matching. Original color in Primrose Yellow. Never in serious accident, only 1 scrape on bonnet. Same mechanic for the last 30 years British Car Service of Sacramento, California.

2013 English Car Affair in the Park


Today was the English Car Affair in the Park hosted by the South Island Branch of the Old English Car Club  at the Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. This year was a central tribute to Morris which included many variants of the Morris Minor and other rarities.


This 1947 HRG from Duane Davis won it’s first race at Gransden Lodge Airfield in July of 1947. Davis has owned the car since 1971 and he says it is used regularly.

The human imagination had no bounds. This is a Chevrolet S10 chassis outfitted with an XK engine and every vintage aircraft gauge that could fit in.


This very rare Aston Martin V8 is what they call a cosmetic Vantage. That is it has the kicked up rear tail and other Vantage features but was not originally fitted with a Vantage-Spec engine. David Keen says it has since been fitted with one of the fastest V8s available.




1973 TR6: Nearly Done

Back from Monterey, and that means more regular progress on our TR6.

While I was gone the Vredestein Sprint Classic tires arrived directly from the manufacturer which saved a considerable amount. These are some of the very best tires available on the market and we recommend these over almost anything else available.

This week the doors were realigned and completed outfitted with new rubber. This means the the door hinges, catch, striker and seal all need to work in concert to get the best possible fit. Once the door could open and close properly, the next step was to line the inside of the doors with cavity protection grease then seal the inner access with plastic to protect the door panels from water.

In our case we were able to save the original door panels which have an absolutely correct appearance. The same is true for the seats which were rebuilt with new inner foam, but retained the original upholstery.

Monterey Healey Report

This year Austin Healeys were very well represented in Monterey and RM Auctions broke the record for the MKIII at auction with a Sandy Beige car. As usual, the factory 100Ms proved to be the most desirable model, but the 1964 Sebring 12 Hours Works car with lightweight aluminum fenders and numerous original competition features fetched $352,000 which is surely the record for the BJ7 at public auction.

1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII Lightweight HBJ7-64H-57-2 – sold for $352,000. 1964 Sebring 12 Hours Works entry driven by Paddy Hopkirk. 1966 and 1968 Targa Florio entrant. Ex-Ted Worswick. Five owners from new. In remarkably original condition.




1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1 BN1-L/157169 – sold for $101,200 Exceptional restoration by Richard Jenkins. Finished in its factory delivered livery of Spruce Green over Green. Matching numbers example, eligible for the finest Concours or rallies. Factory delivered with larger 1 ¾” SU Carburetors. Offered with Heritage Trust Certificate.



1965 Austin-Healey BJ8 MK III HBJ8L/29759 – sold for $143,000. Completely restored by Tom and Randee Rocke of Healey Lane. Striking and unique color scheme. Engine, gearbox, and overdrive rebuilt to original factory specifications. Accompanied by photo-documentation and a BMIHT Certificate.



1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 ‘Factory’ Le Mans BN2-L/231849 – sold for $198,000. A genuine factory-built 100M Le Mans Competition Roadster. Verified as matching numbers, with 100M Le Mans Registry and BMIHT certificates. Freshly restored by Tom and Randee Rocke of Healey Lane.



Sold for $93,500. his handsome Mk III, delivered to San Francisco in May 1964, is one of only 1,390 Series I examples produced during the two-year run of the model, which is considered by many to be the most comfortable, versatile, and best performing of the Big Healeys. This dashing car received lavish attention by a previous owner, who conducted a comprehensive body-off restoration that he thoroughly documented with a wealth of photographs.



This 1956 Austin-Healey Factory 100M Le Mans was displayed at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering by Hudson G. Vitaich of California, USA.



This 1959 Austin Healey 3000 HBN7/5639 was driven by Kevin Adair at the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. He calls this a “3000 S” because it was modified for the Canadian Driver’s Championship.



Kevin Adair also showed this completed original and unrestored BJ7 which his brother bought new. Yes, this is an original paint, California black plate survivor.



1957 Austin Healey 100-6 BN4L/05797 was raced by Doug Escriva in the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in the Group 3A – 1955-1962 GT Cars.



1956 Austin-Healey BN2 100/4 Coupe – sold for $50,000. One of one. One owner since new. 37,609 original miles. This unique steel body was built to owners specs by California Metalworks, the same company that built Shelby’s Coupe’s bodywork, soon after purchase. This unique car has been featured on the cover of the Healey Magazine and also in 1966 Road and Track Magazine.