Monthly Archiv: March, 2016

Pastel Blue XK120 to be Auctioned

Pastel Blue 1950 Jaguar XK 120 Alloy Roadster 670123

The XK120 roadster was Jaguar’s first XK-engined sports cars and the first versions are particularly coveted as they have all-aluminum bodies.

RMSotheby’s will be offering such a car at their Monaco sale on May 14th.

They describe it as:

“According to its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate, this particular alloy-bodied example was produced on 6 February 1950, finished in Pastel Blue with a “Duo-Blue” interior and a Fawn soft top. It was destined for California and imported through Charles Hornburg’s Los Angeles-based distributorship, dispatched from the factory on 22 February 1950. The car was purchased that same year by John Edgar, a noted racer living in Los Angeles at the time. It is believed that in June of 1950, the XK 120 was driven by Bill Pollack, who often drove cars entered by Edgar, in the Santa Ana Road Race, and it may have competed in other events around the same time in California.

Unfortunately, the car’s early history remains unknown, at least until it was purchased by the late Jaguar collector Walter Hill. Hill purchased the car from George Boyd in 1976 (along with a C-Type and D-Type) and proceeded to keep the car in his ownership for the next 33 years. Looking to make it one of the finest examples at the time, Hill had the car fully restored to its original specifications in the early 1990s. Following the completion, he showed the car at Jaguar Club of America concours events, and it was consistently rewarded with scores of over 99 points—even attaining a score of 99.98 in June of 2005. The car remained well preserved and maintained until his passing. The XK 120 was then purchased by the renowned enthusiast Arturo Keller, who kept the car until 2013, when it was acquired by the current German collector.

Despite the car’s older restoration, it still presents very well today in its original and eye-catching shade of Pastel Blue. Eligible for a variety of historic events and considered by many to be one of the finest Jaguars ever built, owning an XK 120 is a goal of many enthusiasts. Sitting firmly at the top of the pecking order, the early aluminium-bodied XK 120s are undoubtedly the most desirable iteration of the model and as such, an opportunity to purchase a well-restored and regularly maintained example should not be overlooked. “

Images by the talented Tom Gidden ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

Classic Cars and the Shadow Flip


Shadow flipping classic cars is crappy.

That is the process of reselling a car before a transaction is registered with ICBC. For classic cars it appears there is no loophole like with the housing market, so it is simply tax evasion.

A Shadow Flip is unfair to the seller and it can ruin the connection between buyer and seller which can be meaningful for tracking history and provenance.

To avoid being the target of a Shadow Flip, it is neccessary to understand how the process works:

Buyer #1 (the “dealer”) “purchases” the car from the original owner, but the ICBC transfer APV9T papers are left incomplete, specifically the selling price area that is supposed to be filled out and completed and signed by the seller(s). Buyer #1 (the “dealer”) then searches for Buyer #2, another incedental victim who might have been able to pay less for their car. The second deal is reached and the selling price from Buyer #1 to Buyer #2 is put on the original seller’s ICBC transfer paper APV9T. The transaction is complete and as far as the goverment is concerned, the seller sold directly to buyer #2, leaving buyer #1 with unregistered profit.

To avoid being the victim of a Shadow Flip in BC:

As a seller, always competely fill out the seller’s portion of the ICBC transfer APV9T papers with the correct selling price.

As a buyer, always inspect the APV250L portion of the registration documents and only release funds to person(s) listed, after they sign them.

Pink Healey from Amelia Island


At the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegace Martin and Dottie Stickley displayed their 100 showcar complete with pink paint and interior.

They described the car as:

This car was selected by Donald Healey to introduce the new 100M model to the public at the Earl’s Court Motor Show in London in October of 1955.

To attract attention it was painted black with pink coves and pink interior.

This being the only Austin Healey to ever be completed by the factory in these colors.

It was raced by Donald Healey and Roy Jackson-Moore in Nassau, Bahamas in December of 1955 and by Jackson-Moore at Santa Barbara and Palm Springs, California in 1956.

As an old race car, it was lost for 20 years, when Alan Alfano purchased it, installed a correct 100m motor and proceeded to restore it.

It was not until 1985 that the British Motor Inudustry Heritage Trust informed him it was the Earl’s Court 100m show car.

He completed his restored in 1991. The current owner aquired the car in 2013.

Garden-Find XKE


“instead of getting it fixed he (the owner) put the car into storage in a lock up until the 1980s, he then moved it to his garden where is remained under a tarpaulin until the present vendor rescued it in 2015”

Leaving collector cars out to rot usually never ends in a good story.

That is unless it’s an early 3.8 FHC Jaguar and the value has recently skyrocketed.

Coys and the owner of this E-Type stand to profit from this storage misadventure by offering chassis number 861107 at their 2016 Spring Classics event.

Coy’s says the car’s fourth owner Frank Riches “raced both the E-Type and his MGTF at Oulton Park, Brands Hatch and Blackbushe between 1967 and 1969. Frank would drive the E-type to the circuit with the MG behind and would then race both cars and drive home! “

They also describe the condition “This wonderful “Barn Find” car is in original condition, with matching numbers and has never been restored. It retains all the features it carried in 1969 and is possibly one of the most original examples remaining today. The interior could be restored given it has all the original switches, gauges and tooled aluminium panels along with the original steering wheel etc. The seats have a lovely patina and should be saved. Obviously the car needs a total restoration but it has all the ingredients to make a superb example – this is a true rarity!”

It will be offered at Monday 7th March at the Coys Spring Classic Sale.

*** Update: sold for £62,000***

*** Update: fully restored and offered by

Garden-find images:

Sold: 1980 Triumph TR8


-Complete ground-up restoration by Custom Car Color in Carnelian Red (2011)
-Rebuilt engine (STD bearings) and transmission
-New interior including Aley roll bar from Rimmer Bros and Robbins soft top
-New stainless exhaust, headers, rebuilt suspension, driveshaft & ujoints, cooling system, heater core, tires, electrical harness.
-Driven 2600 miles since restoration and stored inside.
-USA import car with certificate of title for Sante Fe, New Mexico.
-Comes with car cover
-Selling to make room for a MD TD restoration.
-Sold as-is with no warranties.

Call Richard Owen 2508917475 or e-mail