'Nearly new' 51 year old Jaguar XK150 up for sale

A 1959 Jaguar XK150 convertible with just 574 miles on the clock has gone on sale.

It was bought new in the US by American John Dolce, who took the car to Utah's Bonneville salt flats to find out how fast it would go. But Dolce rolled the car, turning too hard and too fast after his first run, and though he escaped unhurt the car suffered damage to the windscreen frame and some of the body panels.

Rather than get the car repaired he sold it in 1960, the XK passing through three more owners, none of them repairing it, until the widow of the last, figuring that it was something special, put it up for sale.

It was bought by Briton Ray Miles and his stepson Mike Hill, who have restored it with the help of ex-Jaguar engineers to as-new condition from the boxes and crates that it came in.

Although the engine had covered very few miles the pair stripped it down to check that it was ok, not least because Dolce had clearly not been overly concerned with running it in. It turned out to be fine, as did the XK's gearbox, which had proved troublesome for Jaguar at the time, with plenty of warranty claims from unhappy customers.

The Jag's interior has also been lightly refurbished, not least because the horsehair stuffing in its seats does not age well, but apart from this the car is staggeringly original, and must easily be the best-preserved XK150 of the 836 examples of this series Jaguar built.

The Jag is expected to go on sale for upwards of £280,000 and at that price is unlikely to see many more miles recorded on its barely used odometer, its value lying in its pristine originality.
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