1 WORK THAT BODY
There’s a long list of bodywork checks on these cars, and a ramp really needs to be at hand. Floors, footwells, bulkheads, sills and transmission tunnels can all harbour rot. Make time for a long, methodical search and watch out for dubious-looking and poorly-applied underseal.
2 YOU’RE NOT DONE YET
There’s more bodywork to check, including the leading edges of the front wings above the headlights, wheelarch lips, lower bottom halves of the rear wings, door bottoms and valances. Rear wings often need attention, too.
3 PANEL GAME WIN?
Don’t forget the area where the sills meets the rear wheelarches. Many repair panels are available for these cars but quality can be patchy. Go to a recommended supplier. Good secondhand panels are often available through specialists and clubs.
4 THE INSIDE JOBS
Interior trim can be difficult to source, so think twice about buying a car with a bad interior – cracked wood veneers, torn seats, etc – that could cost a fortune to restore or replace.
5 MECHANICAL INVESTIGATION
A car with a complete service history is extremely desirable – XK engines do not like to be neglected, and can suffer from noisy timing chains and corrosion of cylinder head waterways. Minor oil leaks are the norm rather than the exception.