A preview shot taken for us by the owner of all these cars (and dozens more), David Bowden.It shows his now completed ex-Ron Hodgson racing Mk2 in David’s workshop with the famed works-built ‘Grey Pussy’ ‘Mk1’ which founded touring car racing as Australia’s favourite.
On top of the hoist is the replica Mk2 Ron Hodgson built and sold as the genuine car to an unsuspecting buyer! Below it is one of the works JPS BMWs which raced against the TWR XJ-Ss at Bathurst in 1985.
The Hoddo Mk2 finished third in TWO Australian Championships but has been in thousands of pieces for over 50 years!
Long time owner Paul Cotter began to restore his car, but sadly died before completing the project. David Bowden bought it from his widow. His team, including former mechanic and legendary racer Kevin Bartlett, took several more years to complete the car.
It will be our cover star in the coming edition and we will photograph it for the magazine – on the track!
For you are still in doubt about the fact the 1948 London Motor Show XK120 was LHD chassis #1, here is more proof from other impeccable sources.The important shot here showing the interior of the 1948 Show car on display comes from the definitive XK120 book ‘Jaguar XK120 In Detail’ published by the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust and written by its head curator Anders Detlev Clausager. Importantly, it shows clearly the first XK120 had a light coloured dash.
The other shot is from Paul Skilleter’s 1976 trail-blazing book ‘Jaguar Sports Cars’. It shows that #660001 had a darker dash. Paul’s caption for this image reads ‘XK120 Roadster interior (HKV455) showing the simple instrumentation.’It has always been acknowledged and is written in the official Jaguar Build Books HKV455 was RHD chassis 660001, and HKV500 LHD chassis 670001.
In edition #204 we told the story that the first XK120 ever was NOT the first RHD chassis number (#660001), but is the first LHD chassis number #670001 or HKV500. It still exists and has survived in good original shape since being sent to the US in December 1949. It remains there.We want everyone to read it, so here it is free of charge for you to study and enjoy.Incidentally, since Richard Hassan and I researched and published it, having sent if pre-printing to former JDHC Head Archivist Anders Ditlev Clausager to check, not one authority has disagreed with the conclusion we came to.Fundamental Jaguar XK120 history is re-written.
New R-Dynamic Black models further heighten the purity and presence that set Jaguar’s definitive sports car apart. Developed from the 300PS four-cylinder and 450PS V8 R-Dynamic Coupé and Convertible*, these exclusive additions to the line-up offer an enhanced specification and an even more luxurious, crafted interior.
F-TYPE’s pure, sculpted form is accentuated by the Black Pack and 20-inch, five split-spoke wheels with gloss black finish. Known as ‘Style 5039’, these wheels are not available on any other model in the range. Complementing these perfectly is the choice of three metallic paints: Santorini Black, Eiger Grey or Firenze Red.
The driver-focused ‘1+1’ cabin surrounds the occupants with rich, luxurious materials. The slimline Performance Seats feature 12-way adjustment and are trimmed in Windsor leather with a choice of Ebony with Light Oyster contrast stitching or – for a more sporting theme – Mars with Flame Red stitch. Details such as the beautifully crafted monogram stitch pattern, repeated in the door trim, are among the subtle refinements which make F-TYPE feel special.
The driver-focussed interior, like the exterior, has evolved into a purer expression of the car’s elegance and performance. By concentrating on further refining the traditionally British Jaguar craftsmanship and adding discreet, beautiful details, the sense of luxury and sportiness has been heightened.
The same monogram design is used to emboss the suedecloth wrap for the 12.3-inch reconfigurable Interactive Driver Display, while other refinements include satin-finish aluminium gearshift paddles, an Ebony suedecloth headliner and illuminated treadplates featuring the Jaguar script.
The F-TYPE R-Dynamic Black’s powerful, refined and responsive engines are matched to eight-speed Quickshift transmissions with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the gearshift paddles.
Exclusively rear-wheel drive, the 300PS, 2.0-litre turbocharged Ingenium four-cylinder engine generates maximum torque from just 1,500rpm, delivering exceptional throttle response throughout the rev range. It also provides the performance expected from F-TYPE and enables acceleration from 0-60mph in only 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.
The 450PS, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 has been developed to offer exploitable, useable and rewarding performance – maximum torque of 580Nm is generated from 2,500rpm. It is offered with a choice of all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics or – for purists – rear-wheel drive. Both 450PS powertrains feature an electronic active rear differential to optimise traction, and both enable 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds and a maximum speed of 177mph.
The 300PS and 450PS units are also available in other F-TYPE models, but for truly exceptional performance in all weathers and on any kind of road there is the F-TYPE R. Offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, its supercharged V8 delivers 575PS and 700Nm: the benchmark sprint to 60mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while maximum speed is an electronically-limited 186mph.
The F-TYPE R and P450 models are equipped as standard with Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system with Configurable Dynamics. Using electronically-controlled, continuously-variable dampers, Adaptive Dynamics optimises both low speed comfort and high speed control, while Configurable Dynamics enables the driver to tailor the settings for suspension stiffness, steering weight, throttle response and gearshifts. All 300PS four-cylinder F-TYPEs use meticulously tuned passive monotube dampers to deliver the ride and handling attributes which give these models their unique character.
Customers who choose the any of the V8 F-TYPEs benefit from the Quiet Start function: the electrically actuated bypass valves in the rear silencer remain closed until they automatically open up under load. If desired, Quiet Start can be over-ridden by selecting Dynamic Mode or by pressing the switchable exhaust button before starting the engine.
Smiling Jaguar Magazine reader Tiff Needell needs little introduction, and aside from many other things, he drove Bob McKay’s XJ13 Brisbane-based replica on the famous UK Fifth Gear television show. He is a presenter of Lovecars, and formerly served as co-presenter of Top Gear and Fifth Gear.
He then drove the Lister Storm for five years, reaching third overall at Daytona in 1997 before gearbox problems dropped them to nineteenth. In 1998 he finished fifth in the British GT Championship and won the Silverstone Golden Jubilee Trophy race. That same year, he was to be part of Lister’s assault on Le Mans, but the car failed scrutineering and thus didn’t qualify.
In 2000, he again drove for Lister, this time in three races of the British GT Championship, winning all of them. He won at Donington Park in the main Lister entry and then competed in two further rounds in the CSi privately entered Lister. Due to the late entry, this car wasn’t registered for championship points, but Tiff won both races at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone Circuit. He also took part in the 2000 FIA GT Championship for one round at Zolder.