Monthly Archiv: December, 2015

Jaguar Return to Racing.

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Today Jaguar is anouncing their return to motorsport and will contend the FIA Formula E Championship in 2016.

They will enter the third season of the all-electric championship which uses a common car designed by Dallara with the team’s choice of engine supplier.

Jaguar will use Williams Advanced Engineering for their powertrain who partnered with Jaguar on the development of the Jaguar C-X75 plug-in hybrid concept car.

1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato for sale

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**UPDATE: Sold for $14,300,000 USD**

Tomorrow Rm Auctions will present this 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato chassis DB4GT/0186/R for sale at their Driven By Disruption auction in New York.

This car belongs to a select few racing DB4s that were send to Zagato in Italy for a lightweight and attractive body. It is 14th of just 19 DB4GTs tailor-made by Zagato.

The Zagato’s first owner was Laurie O’Neill of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia who raced it in the South Pacific GT Championship. It subsequently stayed in Australia for over 30 years.

In recent time Peter Read commisioned a top level restoration by RS Williams Ltd with assistance from Carrozzeria Zagato’s own facilities in Italy. The result was shown at the 2002 Louis Vuitton Concours, Villa d’Este, and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

RM Auctions expect $15,000,000 – $17,000,000 for this car and desribe the oppurtunity in their own words: “With only 19 DB4 GTs graced with coachwork by Zagato, just having the opportunity to see a DB4GT Zagato is a dream few realize. So treasured by their owners, not a single example has traded hands for the greater part of a decade. While its direct competitor from Italy would be the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, it would be more appropriate to compare the car to the vaunted 250 GTO, though both were produced in greater numbers. Both Aston Martin and Ferrari pushed the envelope of performance when these models were new, both boast wins on the world’s most competitive stage, and both boast handcrafted aluminum bodywork with designs worthy of inclusion in any major art museum. However, in terms of rarity, nearly half as many DB4 GT Zagatos were built compared to the 250 GTO.”

E-Type 1E32915 Found

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This week we secured ownership of a very interesting 1967 Jaguar E-Type Coupe, serial 1E32915.

It had toured Victoria in the 1970s or early 1980s fitted with a Shelby Cobra engine. Fortunately the install was uninvasive, leaving the engine frames and picture frame intact. Futhermore, by some miracle, the original jaguar bits were saved for the XK engine including the harness rolled up near the firewall.

From what we can tell the car was painted from Primrose Yellow to bright red in the 1980s and the car was never put completely back together. So it sat for 35 odd years until just recently.

Upon close inspection this appears to be a Black on Black car from the factory which was somewhat rare. The mileage of 45XXX could be accurate aswell.

Plan is to use our MkX engine for this car and get it on the road. More to come.

Donald Healey’s 100 Coupe for Auction

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***UPDATE*** Sold for £639,900 (CDN$ 1,310,246) inc. premium

This weekend Bonhams will offer arguably the most desirable Austin-Healey ever produced: Donald Healey’s personal 1953 Austin-Healey 100/’100S’ Coupé at their The Bond Street Motor Car Sale in London.

The car was built as a styling exercise executed by Gerry Coker who designed the Austin-Healey 100 and Sprite. In his own words he added “lift the rear deck to make the hard top more proportionate”. Futhermore he also chose the original color scheme of Carmine Red with a black roof.

Inside the car recieved a bespoke interior with a central Becker radio and speaker built into the dashboard. Futher interesting details include rotary A55 heater switches, lockable sliding windows and a locking mechanism for the doors.

Donald Healey took particular interest in the Coupe. He registered it ‘ONX 113’ and used it as a support vehicle at events like the Mille Miglia. Throughout its life it was upgraded by the factory to 100S specification.

Having being owned by the Arthur Carter collection since 1972, ‘ONX 113’ is in remarkably original condition and totally unsymettric like many of the Healeys we see in the shop.

Bonhams will offer ‘ONX 113’ at their upcoming The Bond Street Motor Car Sale on 6 Dec 2015 in London alongside a remarkable collection of British sports cars.

Moss Motors tackles Electrics

Today Moss Motors released a set of videos called Identifying And Finding A Short Circuit. It’s a good primer for the novice before attempting any electrical work on an old car:

To lighten the mood let’s throw some Lucas bashing in the mix:

Lucas – Inventor of the first intermittent wiper.

Lucas – Inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.

The three position Lucas switch – Dim, Flicker and Off.

Why do the English drink warm beer? Lucas refrigerators.

What is the motto at Lucas Electric? A good day’s work and Home Before Dark

The Original Anti-Theft Device – Lucas Electrics.

Back in the 70′s, Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only product they offered which did not suck.

“I have had a Lucas pacemaker for years and have never had any trou…”