1958 Jaguar Custom
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Classic Car Overview
In 1957 Gordon Parker, a wealthy Englishman commissioned Herbert Kingsbury (HK), an engineer to create the HK Special Jaguar. The final product included a XK-120 3.5L, inline-6 motor, parallel twin Arnott superchargers, and a fiberglass body. Weighing under 1,900 lbs and producing over 410 Horsepower, this was one of the best power to weight ratios of it’s time.
Gordon's vision was to set the fastest time at The Brighton National Speed Trials, which he completed in 1961-62 season. The HK Special ran a 24.63 second Kilometer from a standing start. After achieving his goal, Gordon raced the HK in numerous hill climb events, which are a staple to British sports car history.
We found out from a man who worked at the Jaguar factory, that Sir William Lyons commissioned Brian Lister to create two frames for engine test bed services. One was the specially-prepared Ecurie Ecosse Lister Jaguar in 1958. The second frame was unused at the factory, Gordon Parker bought the second frame to make the HK Special-Jaguar
The third owner was a french collector by the name of Anthony Charnock. He raced the HK Special in the LeMans Speed Trials in 1971. The vehicle was then retired and displayed in the LeMans Museum.
It was removed from the museum and the car had not seen the light of day until 2001. The car was last purchased in 2001, and went through a 5 year restoration. Upon completion, the HK Special was displayed at the Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.
XK-120 - 3.5 Liter Jaguar Engine
6 - Cylinder
Twin Arnott Superchargers - 10 lbs. PSI
2 - SU Carburettors
4-Speed Wilson - Pre-selector gearbox
Independent front suspension, Dion independent rear suspension
Alfin Rear Drum Brakes
Disc Front Brakes
Very early fiberglass body
Chassis # 151235
Engine # W2953-8
Body # BHL 126
Gearbox # 3466
Build Date: 6-14-1958
Hill Climb Events:
Wins: Prescott Hill, Shelsey-Walsch, Harewood, Wiscombe, Loton Park, Gt. Auclum
Other: Debden, Gosport, Boreham, Oulton Park, and Brands Hatch
Showings & Awards:
Displayed @ LeMans Museum
Displayed @ Lime Rock Race Park - 2006
Amelia Island - 2007 Concours d’Elegance
Greenwich - 2007 Concours d’Elegance
Best in Class
Best Race Car
- Classic Car ID101121953
- Stock NumberN/A
- CategoryImport Classics
- Body StyleOther
- Engine6 Cylinder
- SuspensionIndependent front suspension, Dion independent rear suspension
- Transmission4 Speed Manual
- Exterior ColorBlue
- Interior ColorBlack
- Seat ColorBlack
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