A Thriller in more than one sense

At one stage owned by thriller writer James Leasor, the story of this Italian-market XK150 would be enough to occupy at least one entire chapter!!

She was sold new in Italy and came back to the UK in 1970, when it was bought by Mr Leasor. It then changed hands twice before heading West to the USA, although its history from there remains sketchy at the very least. Whilst in Italy the car mysteriously disappeared and eventually was recovred and repatriated to the UK from Germany

What is known, however, is that it was properly, correctly and legally re-registered in the UK in 2009, and subsequently restored by Peter Hannen, while XK guru the late Tim Waddington handled the re-building the engine and gearbox, which is still running strongly.

Externally the bodywork is good and while an older restoration it presents well, but there is some attnetion to paint needed if this car is to move onto the next level. The interior has been completely re-trimmed with the seats, dashboard, door cards and carpet in excellent order

The current owner, another Jaguar collector bought the car from Bonhams and has added to the expenditure and MOT’d the vehicle.


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