£5k re­ward for XK150

Jaguar restora­tion spe­cial­ist:‘We want it back’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

A dis­tinc­tive Jaguar XK150 that was reg­u­larly raced in Aus­tralia and New Zealand has been stolen from a Bed­ford­shire clas­sic car deal­er­ship.

It was taken be­tween the evening of 22 June and the morn­ing of 23 June from Jaguar spe­cial­ist The Car­riage Com­pany’s premises in Sil­soe, Bed­ford­shire.

The com­pe­ti­tion car is said to be worth £65,000 and was be­ing re­stored by the garage. It’s one of 59 orig­i­nal right-hand drive 3.8-litre drop­head coupés. Com­pany pro­pri­etor Colin Tar­ren, who says he has footage of hooded thieves on CCTV film, is of­fer­ing a £5000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion that leads to its re­cov­ery. He remains hope­ful of find­ing the car be­cause it is so recog­nis­able, but adds: ‘It could be shipped abroad in no time. The car it­self is re­ally at­trac­tive and has plenty of dis­tin­guish­ing fea­tures, in­clud­ing faded stick­er­ing on the side and a roll cage. We hadn’t had it long. We just want it back.’

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft. For­mer Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Stolen Ve­hi­cle Squad boss Dr Ken Ger­man adds: ‘Un­for­tu­nately, deal­ers whose premises are not oc­cu­pied at night are easy tar­gets. I’d sug­gest that who­ever stole the car are pro­fes­sional thieves – they would have known ex­actly what they were do­ing.’ Mur­ray Scul­lion The Car­riage Com­pany 01525 861474/ Po­lice on 101

Unique parts on the Jaguar XK150 in­clude dis­tinctly fad­ing stick­er­ing bear­ing the num­ber 150, a roll cage, and a towrope on the front grille.

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