- Les Hughes
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Eleven years ago I sold a 1973 XJ-C V12 which I bought in 1984 with the intention of restoring – factory converted LHD 3. It is unique because it was painted in Champagne Pink, and had gold trimming in various parts of the engine bay and the interior.
In the meanwhile I also found the 1969 handbuilt prototype Series 1 XJ-C and had it shipped to my home in Brisbane.
It was the car which got all the attention, was restored and first seen in public in mid-1996.
I had researched chassis #3 (named around the factory as the Pink Panther) heavily though, and learned all of its life first hand from those who lived with it when it was owned and used by Jaguar Cars post the 1973 London, Paris and Frankfurt Motor Shows.
It’s history is fascinating, and will be explained fully in edition #209.
I sold the car to serious enthusiast Tery Hurst who lives remotely, and has too many projects on the go at the same time. It is okay though, he agrees with that!
Now he has almost completed a stunning and totally faithful restoration using all of the original parts he could including much of the trim.
He has also built a fabulous replica of the 1977 Broadspeed XJ-C racers from a shell he purchased years ago. What he has achieved with it too is staggeringly good.
The pink car (which was repainted black when I bought it) is almost finished, and the Broadspeed IS finished.
With XJ-Cs finally being correctly appreciated, I am excited to present this special feature in the coming magazine and delve into those important prototype cars.
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