New Zealand Classic Car - - Feature -

Neil has a cer­tifi­cate that the car’s pre­vi­ous owner Bob Peters or­ga­nized with the Jaguar Her­itage Trust in the UK: num­ber 9012 for his car. This ver­i­fies that it is in­deed as it came from the fac­tory, just as Neil wanted. All num­bers for the engine, gear­box, and body are as the car was built. The pe­riod- cor­rect push-but­ton ra­dio has been fit­ted, but, as Neil at­tests, who needs it with that amaz­ing au­ral back­ground?! The Jaguar cir­cle is small. I last drove Pe­ter Dick’s XK150 coupé in Dunedin in 1996, and com­pleted a story for

New Zealand Clas­sic Car. That same car turned up at the Jaguar Na­tional Rally in In­ver­cargill, and is now in the hands of lo­cal club pres­i­dent Brett Flintoff. Re­stored in the early 1990s by Lex Em­slie at Lake Hayes, the car is still in pris­tine or­der and should serve Brett well for many years. Judges Mark Paterson of Coven­try Clas­sics and for­mer Jaguar de­vel­op­ment en­gi­neer John But­ter­worth had an un­en­vi­able task on Easter Satur­day at the pub­lic dis­play in Queens Park, In­ver­cargill, but Neil and Cyn­thia are very happy with their de­ci­sion.

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