A 1958 Jaguar XK150 ‘S’ Roadster is the latest addition to the Silverstone Auctions at its Classic Sale come Saturday, July 27. This is one of the most unique and bewildering offerings in any auction, the car has only 500 miles on it!
The reason for this low mileage is that when its first owner- a Mr JJ Dolce of Salt Lake City, Utah bought it, he rolled it at the Bonneville Speed Trial in 1959. The wreckage was taken and stored for the next 40 years. In 2000, UK classic car restorer Mike Ball of Beacon Garage and bodywork specialist Ray Miles, of DMR repair centre started restoring it. It took them 9 whole years, completing it in 2009.
Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said:
This is the most amazing XK150 that Silverstone Auctions has ever seen. Not only is it in a superb condition thanks to a painstaking restoration project, but it also has a fantastic and fascinating story to tell.
Also, with just 500 miles on the clock, this has surely got to be one of the lowest mileage cars of its type in existence, and we’re delighted to offer it at the Silverstone Classic Sale.
Nine years of hard work and meticulous attention to detail has been spent on this XK, but what time well spent that was. The end result is what you see today….a concours standard car which in turn has become a magnificent piece of Jaguar history.
The car is estimated to auction between £175,000 and £195,000, keeping in mind that this was the fastest production car in 1958. There are also other Jaguars that will be offered in the auctions including a 1969 E-Type Fixedhead Coupé Series II, estimated at between £30,000 and £35,000, a 1970 E-Type Series II Roadster, estimated at between £50,000 and £60,000, and a 1973 E-Type V12 Roadster, estimated at between £40,000 and £45,000.