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The story of how one man completely restored his XK 120 roadster

Jaguar XK DIY Restoration & Maintenance, by Bob Exelby

The story of how one man completely restored his XK 120 roadster

Jaguar XK DIY Restoration & Maintenance, by Bob Exelby

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An absolute sensation when first seen in 1948, in the midst of post-war austerity, the Jaguar XK 120 was both a stunningly beautiful car sold to all the top film stars, and a ruthlessly successful rally machine – and it remains just as effective on both counts today. A perfect XK 120, 140 or 150 could easily cost six figures in pounds, dollars or euros today – so how practical is it to buy a neglected example and restore it at home?

 

This is the story of how one man completely restored his XK 120 roadster, transforming it from dereliction into a thoroughly beautiful example of this iconic sports car. He also took the time to investigate and incorporate numerous detail improvements, making the car even more usable and practical for today’s roads, some 65 years after it was built.

 

Cable TV engineer Bob Exelby has a lifetime of home classic car rebuilds behind him and shares all the nuggets of information, advice and tips gleaned through his own blood (literally), sweat and tears over 50 years of ‘playing with old cars’. Even the most experienced make mistakes, and he freely shares his so that others can avoid them. This book is invaluable if you want to know what makes an XK ‘tick’, and if it’s the classic car for you – and vital if you own or are restoring one.

The story of how one man completely restored his XK 120 roadster

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Key points:

 

  • Complete DIY restoration of an early XK Jaguar
  • Perfect for those who carry out home servicing and repairs
  • Packed with advice and tips from an experienced home restorer
  • Copiously illustrated in colour throughout
  • Gain the specific knowledge vital to work on a Jaguar XK
  • Anecdotes and mishaps: informative, amusing and encouraging
  • Meticulously detailed, over 300 pages, over 400 photos

For one month only, buy a copy of Jaguar XK DIY – Restoration & Maintenance (£35) and receive a copy of the 124-page XK60 Souvenir programme absolutely free.

Book Reviews & Testimonials

'Many of you will know Bob and his two XKs (120 and 140) both of which he has restored himself. This book obviously covers the three years that Bob took to bring KRU 600, his XK120 OTS, from a garage find wreck to superb concours condition, but the title seriously under sells the breadth and depth of the content of the book. I personally am extremely unlikely ever to either carry out a "nut and bolt‟ restoration or indeed own a 120, yet I found the book genuinely absorbing and entertaining. Bob‟s deft and self-deprecating writing style cleverly inter-twines clearly explained technical aspects with all manner of useful asides such as the expected and unexpected choices that need to be made during restoration, the history of KRU600, and events that have brought him to this point in his car owning career. Much, if not most of the clearly described technical content (including the detailed appendices) is applicable to any XK engined Jaguar and indeed, any classic car of the post war to 1980s era, and give the book a relevance far outside the title making it a valuable reference for anyone considering tackling working on such cars.' Local Car Club

'Ordering process was very straight forward over the phone. Person I spoke to knew exactly what books I wanted and they were sent out next day.  Email confirmation was prompt.

 

'Books arrived well packaged and DHL sensibly left them with our neighbour as I was out on the day it was delivered.

 

'All in all very satisfactory.'  Tim Smith

Jaguar Portfolio

The story of how one man completely restored his XK 120 roadster

Jaguar XK DIY Restoration & Maintenance, by Bob Exelby

This is the story of how one man completely restored his XK 120 roadster, transforming it from dereliction into a thoroughly beautiful example of this iconic sports car. He also took the time to investigate and incorporate numerous detail improvements, making the car even more usable and practical for today’s roads, some 65 years after it was built.

£35

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Jaguar Lightweight E-type -  The Autobiography of 4 WPD

by Philip Porter

In this first of the Great Cars series, Philip Porter covers this famous E-type's active life in every detail. With authoritative text, accompanied by a superb array of period photographs, this is a magnificent record of a most significant racing car.

 

Standard (signed) Edition

£60

 

de Luxe (signed) Edition

£250

 

Collectors' (signed) Edition

£1,200

First book in the Great Cars Series - Jaguar Lightweight E-type - The Autobiography of 4 WPD, by Philip Porter

Jaguar Design - A Story of Style

People * Process * Projects

by Nick Hull

Foreword by Ian Callum

One ingredient is common to every Jaguar – style.

 

Arguably a greater proportion of people have more passion for Jaguar than for any other car manufacturer. And the reason for this passion is style. Being more than merely functional motor cars, Jaguars stir the blood.

 

People like their Mercedes, BMW, Audi or Lexus, but they love their Jaguar!

(signed by Nick Hull)

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Jaguar D-type - The Autobiography of XKD 504

by Philip Porter & Chas Parker

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£250

This superb book tells the story of one of the most historically interesting of all Jaguar
D-types – a car that has raced more than any other D-type.

Standard (signed) Edition

£60

A fascinating account of how he and his colleagues turned a doomed and desperate company into a great success story.  The challenges were almost overwhelming and yet they were gradually overcome. Compelling reading.

 

£24.95

Jaguar E-type

(2nd Edition)

The Definitive History

by Philip Porter

Stunning book by Montagu Trophy winning Jaguar author, Philip Porter.

 

£95

 

Signed by Philip Porter

Ultimate E-type – The Competition Cars

by Philip Porter

This is a heavyweight book on the rare Lightweight Es and early racers. It took a year to write and over 200 people were interviewed. Packed with illustrations from wonderful period photos to stunning studio shots.

 

Standard Edition

£95

 

de Luxe (signed) Edition

£290

 

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(£1,000 per copy to the Henry Surtees Foundation)

Ultimate E-type - The Competition Cars, by Philip Porter

Original Jaguar XK - The

Restorer’s Guide

by Philip Porter

This book is packed full of material to fascinate and inform XK owners, restorers and enthusiasts, and is lavishly and comprehensively illustrated.

 

Standard (signed) Edition

£59

 

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de Luxe (signed) Edition

£275

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E-type Jaguar DIY - Restoration & Maintenance A Kind of Loving

by Chris Rooke

Experts start with knowledge and experience, and so inevitably make assumptions and gloss over important details. Chris Rooke had played with classic cars before but had never fully restored one, and knew nothing about E-types.

 

£29.99

Jaguar Scrapbook

by Philip Porter

Stunning book by Montagu Trophy winning Jaguar author, Philip Porter.

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£59.95

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