Brucie – Current Mileage: 172,279
At the end of May we headed off to Shetland in the Triumph TR6 for the Shetland Classic Motor Show. As this warrants a feature all of its own, you will find it here: Shetland 2018
While we were away enjoying ourselves on our bienniel trip to Shetland, Classic Car Auctions held their June sale in Warwickshire. One of the cars in their auction list was an early Jaguar XJ40 that had been purchased by Tony O’keeffe for the Jaguar Heritage Collection back in the millenium year! It was a very fine example, and known to us for a number of years. Originally supplied by Chris Sturgess of Sturgess Jaguar of Leicester, and serviced by them, when it was traded back in he was able to verify that the 23,000 recorded miles were genuine. He offered it to JDHT as they did not have an early XJ40 in the collection at the time.
In a recent shake up and clear out, Jaguar Heritage decided to part with the car, which will once again leave them without an early XJ40.
I am very happy to say that the car now belongs to Xclusively Jaguar and is currently at David Marks Garage being serviced and treated with Waxoyl as it had been left untouched in storage for many years before being put in the Collections Centre at Gaydon. One of its rare outings was with Jonathan Partridge (Jaguar Heritage Marketing and Communications Manager) to the XJ40 30th Anniversary Celebration at Dunkeld which is recorded in its comprehensive history file.
If you have any pictures of this car while it was in the ownership of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust I would be very pleased to see them.
A more detailed report on this car will appear in next month’s newsletter, but meanwhile here is an introduction 15th April 1988
We arrived back from Shetland in time to attend The XK Club’s celebration of 70 years of the XK engine and sportscar at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb on the weekend of 9th and 10th June 2018. The weather was glorious and the event was very well attended. This also deserves a report in its own right, which you will find here: XK70 Event Report