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265 RMV was first registered on the 21st May 1958 and was supplied new in Cornish Grey to Neil Tool Co Ltd, Tottenham, North London. The XK spent it's early life in London, Surrey and Essex but was off the road for around 30 years, discovered in a collapsed garage in 2002. From 2002 to 2005 the XK was subject of a £138,000 rebuild and transformation, creating a first class driving car that would perform, handle and offer the ultimate XK driving experience in comfort and style, more than capable of dealing with modern road conditions.
A full body off restoration began and in order to achieve the very best results, a brand new powder coated chassis was purchased. All of the panel work was replaced and repaired where necessary and an early decision was made to remove the front wing side lights from the top of the wings as this was an area that encouraged corrosion. A spare wheel was carefully fitted and is accessible from outside under the boot floor. On completion the coachwork was refinished in the original Jaguar colour of Cornish Grey.
Mechanically, the original 3.4 litre engine was replaced with a rebuilt series three XJ6 4.2 unit and fuelled by throttle bodied fuel injection with PECO fuel injectors. Submersible fuel pumps deliver the fuel, whilst power is fed through a Jaguar five speed gearbox with S-type selector and 3:31 Power Lock differential at the rear. An engine management system controls fuel, ignition and cooling fans and Gaz coil over shock absorbers and springs have been fitted. Brakes are highly upgraded with a twin circuit hydraulic system with adjustable bias at the front and rear. Four pot callipers with vented and cross drilled discs are at the front and Series III XJ6 callipers at the rear. To accommodate the taller driver, a collapsible and adjustable steering column has been introduced and finished with a wood rimmed Mota-Lita steering wheel. New wire wheels and a set of 215/65/16 Pirelli P6000 tyres fitted.
A bespoke wiring harness incorporates a twelve volt negative earth system with electric rev counter and odometer that was zeroed at completion of the build. The front headlamps are modified original J type units now with halogen bulbs and side lights. An electric power steering system eases driving as does the two speed wiper motor system for clear vision in all conditions; air conditioning has also been added for comfort making the car ideal for some summer Continental touring, electric windows are another modification present.
The interior has been trimmed using the finest quality materials. The seats are early XJS trimmed in red leather and incorporate headrests for safety. A digital radio and electric aerial provide the entertainment and two lockable compartments can be found behind the seats and the back panel folds down revealing the boot compartment. For additional convenience and security, the XK is secured by remote central locking and has the additional benefit of a Tracker.
265 RMV is absolutely outstanding to drive and offers a relaxed and comfortable experience with the car staying in a straight line without having to make constant inputs to the steering. All gauges record correct temperatures and pressures and performance is something quite special. The engine is perfect, it sounds wonderful and under acceleration is quick offering impressive performance and is a car that keeps up with modern traffic. The five speed gearbox is a delight up and down the gears and the car handles perfectly. Since completion of the rebuild, 10,000 miles have been covered since completion of the rebuild proving this is a car ideal for regular or even everyday use. This impressive rebuild has been carried out by a well respected XK specialist and some exceptional engineering and workmanship has gone into this car. Include the purchase of an XK150 FHC needed restoration, a project like this today would cost in the region of £200,000 and as a result this car offers exceptional value. The fact that is has been competed 12 years and has covered 10,000 miles should give real confidence that this is now a well used, proven car that really offers an incredible driving experience. If looking for a classic Jaguar with modern performance, comforts and modifications, this should be the car to buy.