Monthly Archiv: February, 2017

BJ8 Restoration: Part 7: Completed Engine Bay

We have reached a critical point in the Healey restoration. It’s time to add the front body panels, but not without having a good look.

The factory clearly assembled the car in a similar manner, which makes tasks like the front ventilation tubes actually doable.

As mentioned in the video, the engine and anciliarys have the following upgrades and many more I forgot to mention:

Athena Multi-Layer Head Gasket
ARP Cylinder Head Stud Kit
WOSP Dynamotor
Denis Welsh OIL PUMPS
Denis Welsh Valves
Top Hat valve stem seals
Kenlowe Electronic Fan
Autosparks wiring harness.

The engine bay is still missing a few things, like the distributor vacuum line, and filters but is mostly complete.

XK-SS for Sale

Today Gooding and Company anounced this 1957 Jaguar XKSS, one of only 16 surviving examples.

The estimate is at $16,000,000 – $18,000,000USD which would make it one of the most expensive British cars in the world.

This car, chassis XKSS-716 was also originally delivered to Stanley C. McRobert of Montreal who raced it in Canada until 1961.

Gooding and Company describe the car: “This particular XKSS possesses a relatively long and successful competition history, with excellent results and no record of serious incident during its career. It has a continuous, well-documented provenance that counts respected collectors among its former owners. It has also proven reliable in numerous vintage races and long-distance tours, yet remains in fundamentally original order six decades after it was built. Its recent restoration was conducted by one of the leading marque specialists, whose expertise and experience has ensured that its performance is no less impressive than its appearance.”

The car will be offered by Gooding at their upcoming Amelia Island auction. More info availble here:

1957 Jaguar XK-SS 716

1957 Jaguar XK-SS 716 photo by Brian Henniker

1963 Lola Mk6 GT on Jay Leno’s Garage

Recently Jay went through the 1963 Lola Mk6 GT prototype owned by Alan Grant.

Alan’s story and the car itself are well worth the watch. He has owned it for 50 years!

I saw this same car in Monterey in 2016 and it was tiny. A mini GT40. Infact the video uses my image from Monterey.