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Jaguar XK DIY Restoration & Maintenance

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Complete DIY restoration of an early Jaguar XK 120

An absolute sensation when first seen in 1948, in the midst of post-war austerity, the Jaguar XK 120 was both a stunningly beautiful car sold to all the top film stars, and a ruthlessly successful rally machine – and it remains just as effective on both counts today. A perfect 120, 140 or 150 could easily cost six figures in pounds, dollars or euros today – so how practical is it to buy a neglected example and restore it at home?

This is the story of how one man completely restored his 120 roadster, transforming it from dereliction into a thoroughly beautiful example of this iconic sports car. He also took the time to investigate and incorporate numerous detail improvements, making the car even more usable and practical for today’s roads, some 65 years after it was built.

Cable TV engineer Bob Exelby has a lifetime of home classic car rebuilds behind him and shares all the nuggets of information, advice and tips gleaned through his own blood (literally), sweat and tears over 50 years of ‘playing with old cars’. Even the most experienced make mistakes, and he freely shares his so that others can avoid them. This book is invaluable if you want to know what makes it ‘tick’, and if it’s the classic car for you – and vital if you own or are restoring one. 

  • A complete DIY restoration of an early example
  • Perfect for those who carry out home servicing and repairs
  • Packed with advice and tips from an experienced home restorer
  • Copiously illustrated in colour throughout
  • Gain the specific knowledge vital to work on a Jaguar XK
  • Anecdotes and mishaps: informative, amusing and encouraging
  • Meticulously detailed, over 300 pages, over 400 photos

 By Bob Exelby 

ISBN 978-1-907085-35-2

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Ian T.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Not Just for XK Owners!

I’ll probably never be in a position to restore an XK120, but I bought the book because I’ve restored a couple of Series One Land-rovers in the past, but I like Jaguars and I love all the engineering and oily bits. Can be read as a story, full of historical snippets and contains tips and tricks (and frustrations) relevant to any form of mechanical restoration. Great book. Thank you.

Graham E.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
A most interesting and well written book.

Sadly I don’t have an XK120, but have rebuilt an MGA and TR3 and reading the progress, and the trials and tribulation the author has dealt with over the course is both interesting and enlightening. There are many problems and difficulties to resolve during a rebuild and I found it fascinating how he dealt with them. We all have our own constraints and restrictions be they financial or space but the processes are much the same. We all have the same end result in mind, a car you can enjoy and be proud of, and the overcoming of the challenges. A very enjoyable read, many thanks.