Back to lots

1959 Jaguar Mk1 3.8 Saloon - fast road/rally

Lot Number: 438

1959 Jaguar Mk1 3.8 Saloon - fast road/rally

A unique 1959 Jaguar Mk1 fully rebuilt for ‘fast road’ use with a number of upgrades.



LIVE AUCTION: This lot was auctioned on Saturday 27th August, 2022 at 10.30am BST at The Wing, Silverstone Circuit, NN12 8TN

  • Body Colour


  • Drive


  • Registration Number

    OJD 639


A unique 1959 Jaguar Mk1 fully rebuilt for ‘fast road’ use with a number of upgrades.



The car presented here is a very special 1959 Jaguar Mk1 distributed new by Frank Leurs & Co. to R. P. Powell (Motors) Ltd. in Forest Gate - very well-known for race preparation and racing Mk1 Saloons - and originally painted Cornish Grey, the car was purchased by Lady Cheetham’s brother Humphrey, who promptly had it painted British Racing Green, his preferred colour. He only used the car sparingly when on home-leave from army duties. Upon leaving the army and returning home, Humphrey only used the car for a short period of time before, sadly, falling ill and dying. Lady Cheetham retained the car for its sentimental attachment. Fortunately, she was the neighbour of Duncan Hamilton, the racing driver, who used to look after the car on her behalf, giving it the occasional spirited drive-out, reputedly even doing a hill-climb event in it. This fascinating story was passed on from Mr Shaun Baker, who worked on a casual basis for Hamilton. Following Lady Cheetham’s ownership, the car was purchased by Baker and later subsequently bought by Mike Wilkinson of renowned M&C Wilkinson Ltd., who have over 40 years’ experience of Jaguar restorations, servicing, parts supply, and historic race preparation. Mike owned the car for several years before selling it, in 2018, to a Jaguar-enthusiast customer. With the intention of doing HERO-type classic rally events, the car was then meticulously prepared by the M&C Wilkinson workshops.

The car was stripped back to its bare metal and repainted (obviously now completely free of any rust), whilst the interior was refitted to the factory-specified colour of Suede Green, fitted out with a genuine 1950s map-light and a Mk2 dashboard shelf. The engine has been replaced with a fully Wilkinson-rebuilt 3.8-litre unit, similarly, the gearbox has been uprated to an all-synchromesh manual overdrive Mk2 type, whilst the prop-shaft has been replaced, the rear axle rebuilt (using a gripper power lock differential), and an all-new braking system with an upgraded master cylinder and servo installed. The suspension has been completely overhauled (now with KONI adjustable shock absorbers and uprated Coombs front springs), new wire wheels fitted (with appropriate Pirelli tyres) whilst all the ancillary items under the bonnet have been renewed. There is a new stainless-steel exhaust and fuel tank, an all-new fuel system and pipework, a new wiring harness, battery, and alternator. The steering has been upgraded to a power rack with a pressure-sensitive electronic pump, thus hopefully making the car hugely capable for many years to come. The current owner has installed a Brantz International 2 Pro (BR6) Rallymeter, along with Schroth Racing Profi 3x2 harnesses to comply as a rally entrant, plus new period-style bucket seats.

A change in personal circumstances meant the current owner (our vendor) only managed a single rally outing in the car, where it performed faultlessly. This great car provides a special opportunity to own and use a fully restored ‘fast road’ Jaguar Mk1, with many costly upgrades – all done by one of the best Jaguar specialists in the UK - get your HERO rally entry booked!


Lot Number
Registration Number
OJD 639
Chassis Number
Engine Number
Body Colour



For further information regarding this lot please contact Joseph.





Vehicles can be collected from The Wing, Silverstone Circuit, NN12 8TN, on Monday 29th August between 9am and 2pm.

Our transport partners, EM Rogers, can assist with collection and delivery. Please contact them on 01604 755511 or for a quote.

Any vehicles not collected by 2pm on Monday 29th August will be taken to EM Rogers storage facility in Northampton for a fee of £175 plus VAT. Storage will be charged at £10 plus VAT per day from Monday 29th onwards.

Automobilia can be collected from the Wing on the day of the auction or Monday morning between 9am and midday by prior appointment. After this time it can be collected from our offices in Warwickshire or shipped to you at your expense.

Enjoy the excitement of bidding, knowing your budget has been approved and confirmed by your dedicated Account Manager at Oracle Car Finance. For further information simply click HERE for your free quote or call 03308 387 7491.

Oracle Finance

Buying anything at an auction is an exhilarating experience and it is easy to get caught up in the moment of seeing these fantastic cars, from roaring supercars to our much-loved classics, parading up and down the runway.

With our car auction finance experts, alongside our growing panel of specialist lenders, we may be able to get you pre-approved for your bespoke car finance package before you start the excitement of bidding at the event. Just one of the benefits of speaking to a member of our award-winning team here at Oracle Car Finance, is that we could help get you approved at the top end of your budget with an agreement in principle on any UK auction vehicle, so that you’re ready to bid confidently should your dream car sell at a higher price than expected. This agreement in principle tends to be valid between 30 and 90 days.

Get a free quote

Our Official Car Finance Provider, Oracle Finance, is the UK’s No.1 funder for prestige, sports and classic cars and can provide funding options for any vehicle, from £25,000 to multi-million pound classics and supercars.

A classic car or motorcycle is a source of great pride and enjoyment but, whether your car or motorcycle is in storage or on the road, you’ll need a specialist insurance policy. We have partnered with Howden Insurance a leading insurance brokers with a team dedicated to classic cars and motorcycles. They cover a vast array of classic and vintage models and only work with insurers who provide a great service and share our passion for the classic motor industry.

For a personal classic car or classic motorcycle quote, visit:

Newsletter Sign Up

Keyword Alerts