Restoration - XK140 OTS SE Roadster - Completed Sept 02 (multiple concours winner)

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These photos show the new fabricated dash facia, the assemble instrument panel and the beginnings of the trimming.

Six months of research went into firstly determining the correct trim materials to use and then obtaining them. We were lucky enough to secure the last correct tan hides from Connolly before that companies demise and we are extremely happy to have been able to secure the correct moquette, leathercloth, hardura, mohair and carpets.

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We decided to purchase a hood from the UK, but after firstly receiving one with an incorrect plastic rear window and then secondly one made from Everflex instead of Mohair, we decided to entrust Gary to make one. The correct Everflex tonneau cover was purchased out of the UK, but we made our own sidecurtains.

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Gary making hood 2S3_8

Gary making hood 3S3_9

With the car now finally completed, it attended its Concour D'Elegance debut at a local event and finished with "Car of the Show" honours.

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The owner, Ken White, having his first brief drive, "Car of the Show", the Concours Sportscar Restoration team responsible for the restoration.

The second event was a much more significant event; the Jaguar Drivers Club of Australia's annual Concour D'Elegance held at Fox Studios in Sydney. With serious competition coming from a MKII Jaguar that we restored 7 years ago and an E Type fresh out of restoration, the task of winning outright was not going to be easy.

To win our class would not be a walk in the park either. In our class was an XK150 roadster that had previously won the 1992 National Concour D'Elegance title and an XK150S roadster that we had finished runner up at the 1995 National Concour D'Elegance (we restored the body and painted this car in 1994).

But the many hours of cleaning and preparation were worth it. We were awarded with a gold trophy, class win and 1st place outright.

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As found in a barn, XK140 roadster chassis number 800040 was complete (except for the grille) and all numbers match.

This actual car being raced by Alan Gray when almost new.

In 1991 the owner for the previous 10 years decided a restoration was due and the car was completely dismantled and some restoration work undertaken. But, as so often happens, the restoration was abandoned and the car was stored in a barn in rural Victoria until found by the current owner. The car was transported to Concours Sportscar Restoration in May 2000 and restoration began.

The first task was to remove all of the old primer and surface rust from the body, which was achieved by immersing the body in an alkaline solution. The result is a bare steel / aluminium body ready to prepare properly and primed ready for restoration. The chassis was checked and was in excellent condition, requiring no work at all. The body required extensive restoration and had suffered some accident damage to the left side, which damaged the guard and the bulkhead. The front guards were removed and the bulkhead dismantled. Whilst the top of the scuttle / bulkhead was restored, an entire new firewall and side bulkhead sections were fabricated. New sills and floors were made, as usual, and then the bulkhead was reunited with the chassis. The rear end was in better shape, needing only a new sparewheel floor, rear bever panel and the remainder was repaired.