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Original Jaguar XK - The Restorer's Guide.  De Luxe edition

Original Jaguar XK - The Restorer's Guide, by Philip Porter

A new third edition of this perennial best seller with nearly three times as many pages and four times as many photographs. With over 25,000 sold and five reprints, this book has established itself as the XK bible. And now it is even better with new information and 1000 photographs.


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

“Everyone I have showed it to is champing at the bit to get a copy, It will certainly be the major reference work for years to come.” Terry McGrath, Jaguar author and world-renowned originality expert


“I received my copy of the newest edition last week and can’t put it down.  It is an incredible achievement and certainly the new bible for those of us who have or expect to undertake a XK restoration.  Congratulations and thank you.  I now know what I’ll be giving for Christmas presents to all my XK friends this year


My only complaint is that it arrived within a week of the successful completion of my year long XK150 FHC restoration.  She is now prepped and ready for judging at The Quail in Monterery next month.”  Philip Monego, XK Club Member



Key content


  • 1000 photographs
  • The guide to 100% originality
  • Over 50 cars specially photographed
  • Details of the rarest XKs
  • 384 pages packed with fascinating facts
  • Incredibly low-mileage unrestored cars
  • Bodywork, Interior and Mechanical Details
  • New chapters on Tools & Literature by Roger Payne
  • Barn-find cars as they were found
  • Comprehensively indexed for ease of finding information
  • Input from the world’s leading XK experts
  • David Bentley on the XK Survivors
  • Photographs of brand-new old parts & items never seen before
  • From the earliest alloy 120s to the last 3.8 150 ‘S’ models
  • By Philip Porter, multi award-winning author of Jaguar books

(3rd edition)

Purchase This Book

Standard (signed) edition - This book is packed  full of material to fascinate and inform XK owners, restorers and enthusiasts, and is lavishly and comprehensively illustrated.


(copies signed by Philip Porter)



(3rd edition)

Very special de Luxe (signed) edition – leather-bound in finest goatskin by Trevor Lloyd of Ludlow, master book-binder and restorer, with cloth slip-case. Limited to only 100 numbered and signed copies and only available direct from Porter Press International.


(copies signed by Philip Porter)


Only 8 copies remaining in stock!


de Luxe edition of Original Jaguar XK by Philip Porter
Original Jaguar XK book cover image
Original Jaguar XK, by Philip Porter.  A fine-bound de Luxe book with leather slip-case

Book Reviews


New Zealand Classic Car


Review by Mark Holman


Original Jaguar XK“This is the revised third edition of a book originally written by Jaguar enthusiast and expert Philip Porter in 1988.  The level of detail and amount of research that has gone into this book is remarkable.  Porter, together with Individual XK owners and specialists such as J.D Classics, has gone to great lengths to supplement the informative text with excellent and detailed photographs of restored and barn-find XKs that show how they would have left the factory in terms of interior fittings, hoods, exhaust systems, suspension, etc.


After a quick explanation of the different XK models – from XK120 to XK150 – the book is neatly divided by model and even includes sections on factory documentation and optional extras such as Continental Touring Kits and fitted suitcases.


If you are an XK owner, or a restorer or potential purchaser, this superb book will provide an absolute treasure trove of information and encouragement.”


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