✨ “Take it easy driving – the life you save may be mine.”
― James Dean


Sunday, 18 June 2017

1964 Jaguar 3.8 MKII

An up-date on the 1964 3.8 MKII Browns Lane Jaguar I acquired in 2015 (see the arrival and progress pics here). Oxford Blue, assembled in Coventry, England, it is one of the few original Browns Lane cars with matching numbers in South Africa. It has taken one and a half years to restore and six months to get it registered on the Natis system.

 Off to get loaded on the truck to take for police clearance
Jaguar 3.8 MKII, manual OD, 64 000 miles, Oxford Blue, navy blue leather, factory fitted power steering and 72-spoke Chrome wire wheels. Great patina.

On the truck and ready to go for police clearance

Waiting to be polished

The interior cleaned up nicely

Side-by-side with another acquisition, a 1966 Jaguar 3.8 S -type

1966 Jaguar 3.8 S -type

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

1958 Austin Healey BN4 100-6

Taken in my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa) ©Maree Clarkson
Dedicated to all classic car-lovers!

The Austin Healey 100-6 (with over-drive – in my husband’s collection of classic cars) is a two-seat roadster produced by British Motor Corporation from 1956 to 1959. A replacement for the Austin Healey 100, it was followed by the Austin Healey 3000; together, the three models have become known as the Big Healey's.

Engine type: spark-ignition 4-stroke
Fuel type: petrol (gasoline)
Cylinders alignment: Line 6
Displacement: 2639 cm3 / 161.1 cui
Top speed: 175 km/h (109 mph) (declared by factory)

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

1966 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series I

Near-original 1966 Jaguar E-type coupe, manual, 2-seater, Primrose Yellow with Tan interior, chrome wire spoke wheels in my collection. Painted in a bright yellow, it is the same colour as the E described by British comedian Charlie Drake as "my custard torpedo". This car brought definition to the word "patina" -- its un-restored, original interior is just as it was 50 years ago.

The Jaguar E-type was an instant classic, an exercise in cool aerodynamic theory and unashamed showmanship, producing probably the most beautiful sports car of the 60s. It had the ability to live up to the looks, too. The 150mph (241kph) that Jaguar claimed for the E-type was devastatingly quick in 1961 (in reality only the tweaked-up press cars could achieve it, and 140 (225kph) was nearer the truth), making the new Jaguar Britain's fastest production car. Better still, it was probably Britain's greatest bargain price-wise, undercutting its nearest rival, the Aston Martin DB4, by a third.

JAGUAR E-TYPE (1961-75) 
Engine: Straight six/V-twelve
Capacity: 3781/4235/5343cc
Power: 265bhp
Transmission: 4-speed manual - 3-speed auto
Top Speed : Up to 150mph (241kph)
No. Built : All models - 72,507

A photograph of my E-type digitally enhanced.


Sunday, 25 September 2016

1981 Jaguar Lister

Standard Jaguar XJ-S that was taken off the production line by Lister, taken to the Lister factory in England and fitted with a 5.3 V12 engine, modified to 7-litre with a 6-speed manual gearbox and wider wheels, embossed leather interior and it developed 600BHP at the flywheel, giving a top speed of 302kph.

Lister Cars is a British sports car manufacturer founded by Brian Lister in 1954 in Cambridge, England, which became known for its involvement in motorsport. Sold in 1986, Laurence Pearce produced variants of the Jaguar XJS before producing a bespoke sports car, the Lister Storm. In 2013, Lister Cars was acquired by Lawrence Whittaker's company Warrantywise. Production of the original sports car restarted in 2014 and ten continuation Lister Jaguar Knobblys were built to celebrate Lister’s 60th Anniversary. In 2016 The Lister Motor Company announced the build and sale of The Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Latest news

A father is someone who is proud to see you get your first car…
but secretly wishes it had no keys!
Thank you for everything, you are the best dad anybody could ask for!

Father's Day is coming up soon (19th June 2016), so if you're looking for that special card, head on over to my portfolio on RedBubble to get a card to wish your Dad Happy Father's Day!

New arrival - 1964 Jaguar 3.8 MK.II - now the work starts!

1964 Jaguar 3.8 MK.II

 Serious discussions!

The interior of the 1964 Jaguar 3.8 MK.II - started, but lots of work here!


3.8 Engine

Another recent aquisition - 1974 MGB-GT, an honest little car, goes like a bomb! 

Just arrived - 1965 MGB Roadster, Red, Pull-handle, black interior


Thursday, 7 January 2016

Plain and simple and uncomplicated

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things more quickly and efficiently. But too often it seems to make things harder, leaving us with fifty-button remote controls, digital cameras with hundreds of mysterious features and book-length manuals, and cars with dashboard systems worthy of the space shuttle.

Give me the plain and simple and uncomplicated dashboard of a vintage car any time. No manual to read, just a couple of switches that need flicking and you’re on your way!

1953 Austin Healey BN1

1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Manual

1959 Triumph TR3A

1966 Jaguar 3.8 MK.II

1964 Mustang 289 V8 Manual

1955 Triumph TR2 - in progress

1968 Jaguar E-type 4.2 Series 1½ Manual

And those thin, sometimes big, steering wheels, some made of lovely wood, that you can really get a grip on! Man, that's the way to go! 

The elegant dashboard of a 1954 Morgan car is technological simplicity.

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