"This striking example was manufactured in August 1950 and delivered to its first owner in September that year with the registration JKV 663. It is a genuine ‘home-market’ model although spending part of its early life in South Africa. It returned to the UK in July 1982 as a restoration project and was acquired by Mr. Stephen Padfield of Harlow with new registration, 99 RNM. It was then comprehensively restored by Swallow Engineering of Basildon. In 1998, it was sold, at auction, to Mr. Nigel Daws. Additional owners include Jeremy Wade, then Mr. B. Dignan of Stockport and finally to Mr. Michael Daws. Suffolk & Turley supplied new door lanyards as well as a dash strip and refit. In 2002, specialists, Guy Broad, replaced the front hub bearings, calipers, all five wire-wheels and tyres as well as a full carburettor rebuild. Back a little further, Derek Watson, Independent Jaguar Specialists, also spent much time on this car including a full re-paint in classic black as per factory specifications. CMC, Jaguar specialists, undertook an extensive service in 2004 including a carburettor overhaul, new batteries & leads, steering rack overhaul and geometry set-up as well as a new distributer cap and lead ends. All fully documented within the file, as you would expect.
The current owner bought RDV 102 over ten years ago and has thoroughly enjoyed the driving experience. With a house on the Côte D’Azure, the vendor has made a number of faultless trips back and forth and can attest to its reliability. At some point the front brakes have been upgraded to discs, a common modification to cope with modern driving conditions. The bodywork is good throughout although it does now require some tlc, it is not showroom ready and would benefit from a short spell in a bodyshop. In January 2017, the car underwent something of an overhaul with XK specialists K & N Classic Car in West Sussex, the distributer was removed and rebuilt with new points, condenser, spark plugs and HT leads. The rear carburettor float chamber needed attention and so was replaced with new seals and gaskets, the ignition timing was also reset and the choke running modified. Alongside a service with the usual oil change, grease level check etc, the master cylinder was stripped and cleaned, a servo kit was fitted to the offside outer/inner wing with new brake pipes and vacuum hoses installed with a total invoice of £2,990. Freshly serviced prior to the sale and supplied with a full 12 month MoT test certificate, this matching numbers example of William Lyon’s most exquisite design is not only well documented but has a well proven driving record."