£5k reward for XK150
Jaguar restoration specialist:‘We want it back’
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.