JD Classics at Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance

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Clark Gable XK 120 Alloy RoadsterLeading classic car company, JD Classics, was honoured to receive an award at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on 14-18 August 2012, for its complete chassis-off concours restoration of arguably the most desirable XK 120 in existence. JD Classics made the remarkable discovery five years ago in Dallas where the XK 120 Alloy Roadster was residing in an unrestored state. Most telling of all was its significant chassis number (670003), which is noted in Jaguar folklore as being the first customer XK 120 to leave the Holbrook Lane production line in June 1949. JD Classics extensive research established that initial XK 120s were designated for competition use, but chassis number 670003 was built as a left-hand drive and exported to California in September 1949. It passed through the hands of distributor Charles Hornburg in Los Angeles before reaching Roger Barlow’s Hollywood dealership, International Motors. Its colour was not a factory option, this unique shade was actually mixed by Roger Barlow and the first owner, who was none other than Hollywood superstar Clark Gable. Known as ‘Gable Gray’, it was painstakingly recreated by JD Classics during the concours restoration phase. Clark Gable’s fondness of the car led to him writing an article for the March 1950 issue of US-based motoring magazine, Road & Track. An attempt was made to reach the XK 120’s official top speed of 132 mph on a dry lake in California – a world record at the time for standard production vehicles. Clark Gable’s efforts peaked at 124 mph. In 2010, JD Classics’ expert team embarked on a two-year concours chassis-off restoration in preparation for the world’s leading concours event, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Every aspect of the restoration was completed in-house at JD Classics. It was then flown to California for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which marked its return to the area for the first time since reverting to the original Clark Gable specification. Amid highly competitive entrants at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the car ranked Best-in-Class within the Postwar Sports Open category. An award at an event as prestigious as this endorses JD Classics’ superior workmanship, which has brought an incredibly important historic Jaguar back to its 1950s Hollywood prime. The car will remain in Los Angeles with its new owner Jeff Lotman, but its next event will be the ‘Uniques Special Ones’ Concours in Italy on 28-30 September 2012. Derek Hood, Managing Director, JD Classics commented: “It’s been an honour restoring such a significant Jaguar, and to win at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance among such strong opposition is a dream come true for the team. Onlookers commented how nice it was to see such a subtly restored, historically correct example of an XK 120.”Tags:,