JD Classics celebrated its best ever showing at Pebble Beach Concours of Elegance and The Quail returning to the UK with three Best in Class trophies and a Special Award.
– Best in Class with the 1951 Geneva Show Prototype Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe in the Post-War Touring category
– JD Classics-restored Jaguar XK120 Jabbeke land speed record car won Best in Class in the Post-War Sports Racing category
– At The Quail, JD Classics won Best in Class in the Post-War Sports category with the Jaguar XKSS, newly restored by JD Classics
– Jaguar legend and chief test and development driver in period Norman Dewis received the awards for the Jabbeke car and the XKSS on behalf of JD Classics
– JD Classics also had a magnificent Alloy Body Ferrari 275 on the lawn at Pebble, post a full nut-and-bolt JD Classics Restoration
At the Pebble Beach Concours of Elegance, on Sunday 17th August, JD Classics was awarded Best in Class in the Post-War Touring category for the 1951 Geneva Motor show Prototype Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe. This very significant Jaguar, which is the first left hand drive FHC and was the original Jaguar press car, has been the subject of the most comprehensive restoration imaginable by JD Classics and was finished less than a week before the start of the event.
The second Best in Class trophy for JD was awarded to the Jaguar XK120 Jabbeke speed record car in the Post-War Sports Racing Category. This unique XK120 featuring the “bubble” canopy also picked up the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy special award, which is presented to the most significant car at the event of British origin, prevailing over some extraordinary Aston Marin, Bentley, Jaguar and Rolls Royce cars.
Jaguar legend Norman Dewis and the man who set the World Speed Record for a production car at 172.412 mph in 1953, in this very car, was at the wheel to receive the trophy on the Concours Stage, to warm applause from the massed crowds on the lawns.
The week started well at the prestigious Quail event where JD Classics won Best In Class in the Post-War Sports Category with the Jaguar XKSS. One of only 16 produced and being effectively a road going D-type making it arguably the world’s first supercar, the XKSS had been newly restored by JD Classics and returned to its original factory colours of Mist Grey with red leather.
JD Classics was also represented by the 1937 SS100 owned by Jeff Lotman. This famous Pruett Brooklands racing car has been the subject of a complete body off restoration by JD Classics. Also on the Pebble Beach lawn was JD Classics’ own Ferrari 275 GTB/4 alloy, which had been prepared at Maldon to full concours standards.
JD Classics is one of the world’s leading classic car companies and is based in Essex, England. Formed in the late 1980s, JD Classics now uses a team of 60 specialists who restore, race and sell classic cars to clients worldwide. Although most famous for its work with Jaguar and Jaguar Heritage Racing, JD Classics is developing a growing reputation for expert restoration, preparation and sales of high quality Ferrari, Aston Martin and Lamborghini models. See the company’s profile: www.jdclassics.co.uk