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The first idea to start with the restoration of a classic was born in 2002.
I was particular interested in cars from the post war period.
Some nice specimens are;
– Jaguar XK120 (1949-1954)
– Jaguar XK140 (1954-1957)
– Forst Mustang (1964-1967)
– Chevrolet C1 or C2 (1953-1967)
– Mercedes 190SL (1955-1963)
– BMW 507 (1956-1959)
– MGA (1955-1962)
– Triumph TR2 or Tr3 (1953-1957)
– Porsche 356 (1948-1965)

From 2002 on I started with searching the internet for one of the above types, within my budget 🙂
I have seen several very rotten ones so it was not an easy job.

A friend of mine bought his car from Jan Arets in Budel and decided to pay him a visit. I was lucky because that day he received two very nice Jaguar XK’s (XK120 FHC and a XK120 DHC). I asked him the price and was shocked by the asking price off about 19k euro. After struggling a couple of days about this in my eyes huge amount I decided to make the call, but the FHC was already sold and he was negotiating about the other XK(DHC). (so this was a dead end…)

In the upcoming time period I found a lot of cars from the above list on www.marktplaats.nl but never found a good restoration object. During the searching process my preference for the Jaguar XK kept increasing and decided to narrow my search criteria.

On 9 September 2008 I found a good restoration object on marktplaats from a guy called Cees van Ouwerkerk (car broker)
The only big dis-advance with this car, it was almost completely disassembled. After checking all photo material I decided to take the chance and bought the car.

This is how the car looked before it was disassembled by the previous owner

This is how the car looked before it was disassembled by the previous owner

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