For many years we’ve been big fans of the Jaguar MK11, our first example being bought in 1988, shortly after Jaguar’s Le Mans victory.
A succession of MK11’s subsequently followed, and we were often guilty of overlooking the MK1. However, as time passed, we grew to admire the MK1 for its charm and rarity and in 2015 we discovered 479ATA. The car was sold to us by its second owner and had fallen victim to poor storage and needed extensive restoration.
We thought long and hard about the direction to take and finally decided to create a very special car, a car that the late Mike Hawthorne would have loved to drive.
The body was extensively restored with various new panels, many handmade along with Coombs style rear arches crafted by our restoration team. Painted in British Racing Green and professionally retrimmed in Suede Green Leather and contrasting Wilton Carpets. The wood trim has been sympathetically re-veneered, and the headlining replaced. All gauges have been refurbished where necessary.
Mechanically, we completed the following:
A fully rebuilt 3.8 engine fitted, prepared to the highest standard
Full synchromesh gearbox, coupled to the original overdrive
MK11 rear axle – providing widened track and fitted with disc brakes
Brakes, suspension, and steering components upgraded and replaced
Full hand-made stainless steel exhaust system
Painted Wire Wheels, fitted with Goodyear Eagle NCT 215/65 /16 tyres
The Vintage Wireless Company commissioned the PYE radio as fitted to Mike Hawthorne’s MK1 with a 20W amplifier and input lead, compatible with iPhone/MP3.
We have created a truly outstanding car, retaining its original MK1 charm with an added sporting twist. Great fun to drive and with some added refinements that make light work of longer journeys. We’ve really enjoyed this project and the car has been driven to many events and always warmly received.
It’s time to let it go to a new home and adventure, to be driven and enjoyed by its next fortunate owner.