Visitors to this year’s Classic & Sports Car Show will be treated to an amazing sight this autumn: the live restoration of a one-of-a-kind ‘lost’ Jaguar by a team of specialists from Classic Motor Cars (CMC). In its first public appearance for 40 years, the 1954 XK120, which features bodywork by Pininfarina, will be restored at the event from 28th – 30th October, giving show goers unprecedented access to the techniques and skill that goes into bringing a classic car back to its full glory.
And what a car. The unique Jaguar is believed to have been created for US importer, Max Hoffman, and was displayed at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show. It will be the key focal point in a special restoration hall at the Alexandra Palace show.
Also featured in the hall will be a classic oil station from leading international oil and gas company, Total. Experts will be on hand to discuss the importance of oil technology in the restoration of classic cars, in addition to recommending the most suitable lubricants for different vehicles.
Tim Leese, managing director, CMC, said: “As the only XK120 by Pininfarina ever produced this is one of the rarest Jaguars in existence. We are looking forward to bringing this special project to The Classic & Sports Car Show and giving visitors the opportunity to not only watch CMC’s mechanics and technicians at work but also ask any questions, to really gain a full understanding of the painstaking work that goes into restorations like this.”
Marc Smith, general manager, Total UK Lubricants Division, added: “We have always been committed to providing specialist oils for a wide variety of engines and are keen to bring this expertise to The Classic & Sports Car Show. Our specialists will be on hand to advise classic car owners and talk about lubricant problems that owners may have.”
James Elliott, Classic & Sports Car Group, editor, continued: “We often get to see the before and after images of these incredible restorations, but don’t get to see or fully appreciate the skill that goes into each element, from the body and trim to the engine. We are sure that this, combined with the expertise provided by Total, will make the restoration hall a fascinating and even educational feature for enthusiasts at our event in October.”
The Classic & Sports Car Show in 2016 will feature the world’s most prestigious classic cars from world-famous collectors and world-renowned classic car retailers. The event will also feature an auction from Coys and a Live Interview Stage in partnership with Goodwood Road & Racing.
Following a hotly contested public vote, the greatest supercar ever will be unveiled at the show as part of the ‘A Century of Supercars’ feature. The second stage of the vote, which will see the winners from each category pitted against each other, will open soon, with this shortlist forming the spectacular, multi-million pound display.