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Queensland Jaguar Drivers Club 

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          Originally Assembled
  By Max Parnell and Pat Davis

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       Mathew and Julie Bennetts
            1955 Mark 7 Jaguar.

Rockhampton Queensland, The engine for this car (the original) was found in a shed in Mt Morgan and is safely tucked away in Matthew's shed. The Mark 7 is presently running around with a Holden 202 motor installed, The original motor will return to it's rightful place one day.

The colour is Old English White.

Mark and Julie purchased this beauty in Dec 1996. And this vehicle is another one that is gradually being restored, although the major work the Bennets have done, (prior to Feb 1097).

1974 Daimler DS420 Limousine

Owner Ron Mcgrice

This is what the car looked like when purchased. Gun metal grey with a light blue / grey leather interior. Fortunately the leather is in very good condition, and the body has minimal rust.

       Series 3,  4.2 litre XJ6 Jaguar
            Roy Booty    Yepoon.
       Series 3  4.2 litre  XJ6   Jaguar
          Kevin McDonald     Yepoon
   Series 1  4.2 litre XJ6 Jaguar
      Ray Kimber    Gladstone


Laurie and Sue Pearce's

1965 Jaguar 3.8L 's' type

"Having friends with panel beating and spray painting skills helps too, although when you are not paying "top dollar" you learn to be patient"

All in all Laurie is very satisfied with his first attempt at restoring a car. He says "It proves that virtually anybody game enough to tackle this type of project - Just be in a car club and line up your

Friends and practice counting to ten a lot"

Top Photo

Installing the engine

The engine


  3.8  's' type

3.8 litre engine

Rebuilt by

Tony Wolzar of Mackay

Original "DG" Auto  Rebuilt by Vic Hyde of Rockhampton

Electric's changed to negative earth sometime before Laurie acquired vehicle

Painted in an 80s Jaguar colour Grenadier Red

1956 Daimler Century Saloon,     Andrew Jones

In November 1994 I bought my Daimler off a bloke who inherited it from his deceased "Uncle Roy'.

Uncle Roy was apparently a well known character around the

Daimler club in Victoria and was distinctive by the fact that he only had one arm, and his right arm at that.

The Daimler Conquest was an ideal car for a one armed bloke because it has a pre-select gearbox and the shifter is on the right hand side of the steering wheel. An ideal car for someone who only has a right arm.

'Uncle Roy' was just leaving a Mate's place after Sunday lunch. He hopped in the car, fired up the engine and sat with his foot on the brake and the car in first gear while the engine warmed up he said good bye to his friend. The door wasn't properly closed however and when Roy took his foot off the brake the car lurched forward, the door flew open and Roy fell out onto the tar.

The Daimler chugs along at about 5 kms an hour when its in first gear and there is no foot on the accelerator. So while Roy picked himself up off the ground the old girl headed off on her own.

She went in a straight line down a long hill, with Roy and his mate chasing her, over a roundabout, across a T-intersection, over a nature strip, through a picket fence where she came to rest up against a house. The back wheels were still slowly spinning and the front left guard was damaged from its run in with the fence.

I discovered that damage when I stripped the paint back to bare metal, got rid of the bog and had the panel straightened. I Suppose every restoration has its own peculiar challenges. Mine was getting my pre-select gearbox rebuilt. Apart from that the main difficulty was scraping together cash to pay for everything. I started with a bare metal re-spray and did most of the elbow work myself, while a professional panel beater did the body work and painting.

Getting the grill off was a long and tricky job, but I was keen to get this central aspect of the car's front re-chromed and back to its original glory. The front and back bumpers followed soon after. The interior wasn't hard - for me. The upholsterer who re-sprung and recovered my seats in beautiful Connolly leather swore black and blue about the Brits and their 'over-engineering'. He told me my Daimler would be his last. But he is a perfectionist and did a great job with the seats, headlining and door trims. An auto-electrician helped me pull the dash out and put it back in. A specialist in car wood paneling did a magnificent job on my woodwork which has prompted several of the Daimler club members to ask where I got it re-vamped.

The only engine work the car has had done is in the top half of the engine. Valves and seats etc. The engine has presented no problems at all which has been nice. The fuel tank and line had to be removed and some 40 years of 'gunk' cleaned out and the system made clean once again.

Here is list of work done. I have put a date and name to each area. It is amazing to see what a variety of people are needed to make a restoration like this possible.

The car was bought from Warren Andrews on the 2nd of November 1994

1994 - I paid $3000 The mileage at the time of purchase was $49,985.

1995 - Engine Overhaul by Evans Brothers Motors. They discovered that I had transmission problems. The pre-select gear box would not select the reverse gear. I was quoted a rough approximation of $2000-$3000 to have this problem fixed. At this point I considered selling the car.

1995 - I met Eddy Fontana, a car upholsterer. Purchased 8 square metres of Jaguar Connolly leather. The re-upholstery and re-springing of the seats (front and back) Interior upholstery - door trims, headlining, carpets and underlay Nicholls stripped and re-lacquered the woodwork.

1996 - Grill re-chromed by Prahran Platers

1996 - repairs by Joe Burton of the Daimler club: Front end rebuild & replacement of miscellaneous parts, as well as some minor  body work.

1996 - Joe Burton - Replacement Fuel Gauge

1996 - Kevin Barnes "Daimler & Lancaster Spares." Assorted rubber  seals

1996 - Miscellaneous parts from Rare Spares

1997 - Eastern Auto Paints. Peter Redcliffe -

1997 - Paint Job,

1997 - Universal Bolt Bloke - Assorted Bolts  -

1998 - The Purple Pig - Radiator hose & Alternator belt

1998 - Horn Assembly  -

1998 - Hankook Tyres. Fitted, Balanced & Front End Aligned

1998 - Tuthill (Truck Parts) Custom made handbrake cable

1998 - The Roadworthy Shop - Roadworthy Cert.  

2000 - Bumper Bars - front & back - re-chromed Prahran                  

           Platers  -Daalder Exhausts - 

           Replace Central muffler    Wapshott -

           Auto Electrician - Re-wiring - loom and dash Jack Trathan 

          Gear box re-build Sim - Carby adjustments & re-wire  horn

2000 - Fix body damage after paint work

         TOTAL SPENT - $17,953.71 (Includes original purchase of the car)

Andrew Jones


Jaguar 3.8 Litre S Type Jaguar

Owned By Max Parnell

The S type Jaguar was built from 1963 until 1968 and this is one with highly desirable specifications .   

The 3.8 L twin overhead cam, six cylinder engine produces 220 bhp and is the same basic engines as used in the famous racing D type

This car has four speed full synchromesh gearbox built by Jaguar with an electronic overdrive.  Four wheel Dunlop power disk brakes, inboard at the rear were standard as is the front wheel independent suspension and limited slip diff, all borrowed from the E type.  The car has wire wheels and of course a wood and leather interior.  The car, purchased from a sheep property near longreach was restored over eight years ago. It was sold new in Malaysia and was brought to QLD in 1977 by an airman at the Australian Air Force Base. 

Jaguar Series 3v XJ6 Saloon
Owned by Franklin and Marie Smallcombe. Gladstone.
       1965 Jaguar Mark 10 Saloon.
Owned by Col Vern   Yepoon

    1969 Jaguar 4.21 E Type 2 plus 2

Owned By Chris and Della Kyte. Gladstone
          1997 Jaguar XK8 coupe..
 .Owned by Vic Hyde. Rockhampton
      1962  Mark 11 2.4 litre Jaguar

Owned by  - Les and Delma Clarke Nth Rockhampton

An original vehicle in Cotswold blue, Les tells me that the 2.4 was the smallest Mark 11 ever made, (125 BHP)

           1987 Jaguar XJ 40 Saloon
Owned by Steve and Pam Rigby. Gladstone.


Laurie and Sue managed to visit the Browns Plain Plant  while in the U.K in 1993. (The plant was only three weeks into production after Its major overhaul/refit)

     After  returning, Laurie decided he wold  like to take on a simple restoration   Project.  Simple was not the most apt word

     Laurie had originally been looking for a 3.8 Litre mark11 but settled for "STANLEY" 3.8 's     (Stanley S Type)

     The car was bought from Brisbane; But it had gone to Brisbane from Gladstone, and before that Biloela - So it would seem it's destined to stay in   Central Queensland.

Image below

shows the Jaguar as it turned up

1965 Jaguar 3.8L S Type Saloon,

owned by  Laurie and Sue Pearce. Middlemount.

Photo left

Wiring harness (looks simple)

A bit over three years saw it reshape to the general stage it's at presently and  Laurie is "Still mucking about with a coupla fiddly things" 

 It is basically complete.

   There has been a number of little glitches along the way and Laurie says "being in the Jag Club, with expert advice to call on, is a must" his undying Gratitude goes to Max Parnell of the Capricorn Register for his invaluable help and support.  Also to never  forget to have the family on-side

(Most importantly  " She who must be obeyed")  Sue, and Laurie's three sons who all put up with a lot and helped accomplish much.

Photo left

Laurie's Father  got "Stuck into the woodwork"   The woodwork needed a darker than original stain to try and hide damage done by the original owners


            1987 Jaguar XJ 40 Saloon
.Owned by Steve and Pam Rigby. Gladstone. 
          1962 Jaguar 3.8I E Type Coupe
Owned By John and Jan Nixon. Gladstone.
           3.8 litre S Type Jaguar
owned by Steve Williams Gladstone


                             V 12 Series I XJ Vanden Plas
There was absolutely no intention to purchase a rare V12 engined series 1 XJ model Vanden Plas, and I barely knew of the model since none were sold new in Australia.
After restoring a 3.8 litre S-Type a number of years ago and, as a result of becoming actively involved in the Queensland Jaguar Club via one of its Country Registers (Rockhampton), the bug hit me again and I was on the lookout for another project to dirty my hands on!
A V12 engined saloon had long been a dream I harboured, and it seemed that either a later HE sedan or even a very early Series 1 would be desirable.
A few cars came up over the next year, but one disadvantage of living in Australia six hundred kilometres from the capital city is that by the time you get a chance to look at a worthwhile car it is invariably sold! I missed out on a few likely vehicles through that problem, and still have not forgiven the owners…
However, a likely V12 saloon was eventually located 'only' a few hundred kilometres up the coast, and although not sounding in an overly good and long loved condition, it was a likely candidate for restoration despite not being a Jaguar- but a very tantalising ultra- luxurious, and rare Series 1 Daimler Vanden Plas

From The Australia Jaguar Magazine, Edition no 70,

By Gladstone V.C.C.C   &  Queensland Jaguar Drivers Club   Member,    Max Parnell

Van den Plas (the man) began coachbuilding in Belgium in 1853, and produced carriages with that 'little bit extra'. Vanden Plas (the company) as we know it was established in England as a specialist motor body builder and although no longer related to each other, both Van den Plas and Vanden Plas retained very close links with Jaguar after 1945.
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Breathtaking stuff. The size of the task is as obvious as the complexity behind the dash.

Image right
showing Body Rust In this instance the rear parcel shelf showing Body Rust In this instance the rear parcel shelf

Vanden Plas (the British one) continued to build specialised bodies and when the Belgian Government imposed heavy taxes on imported cars in 1946 the national distributor there Joska Bourgeois (and her Australian partner Nick Haynes), set up a business arrangement with William Lyons for Van den Plas to assemble 3.5 Litre (MkIV) Saloons in that country. That was the first time Jaguars were assembled outside Coventry, and a successful working arrangement continued for two until the taxes were lifted. In 1970 Jaguars were again assembled in Belgium - but now under British Leyland and with no relationship to Van den Plas!

When in 1972 the V12 powered Daimler was produced on the XJ body, and Lofty England was the chairman of Jaguar cars, he revived the charismatic 1930s V12 Daimler model name 'double six', with which he had been associated as a Daimler apprentice, and it presented an ideal opportunity to work again with Vanden Plas in Kingsbury, London on an exceptionally high quality carriage.
The Vanden Plas XJs were also the very first of the range to be sold with the long wheelbase body, but the extra 4" into the rear passenger compartment proved to be such a success that it was soon announced as an optional extra on the series 1 XJ12, and in several years would be standard on all XJs with the exception of the two door XJ-C

Vanden Plas is now owned by Jaguar, and operated out of its Browns Lane headquarters where the famed Daimler DS420 limousine was built by Vanden Plas craftsmen
However , back in the early 1970s Vanden Plas was still independent and mainly employed fitting out the Austin Princess. In order to produce the finished series 1 Daimler Vanden Plas a standard V12 (but with a long wheelbase body) was sent down the production line only to emerge prematurely with one basic coat of paint, and no interior

Photo left

The sheer size of the Motor and gearbox are well illustrated


The incomplete car was transported by truck to London where Vanden Plas craftsmen would flatten the single coat of paint before applying a further three from its unique colour range.

Brisbane co-owner of Heritage Trimmers Michael Elms was a select upholsterer with a Vanden Plas apprenticeship then, and recalls trimming these and other Daimlers for Jaguar cars. According to Michael, Vanden Plas were assigned a myriad of specially ordered vehicles including DS420 limousines with individual fittings for business or royalty, plus the-off Vanden Plas V12 XJ-C and , of course, these four door series 1 saloons.
The Queen Mother, whilst visiting Vanden Plas in 1972 when her latest DS-420 limousine was being prepared, inquired as to the origins of a car parked near-by. It was as you might have guessed a Series 1 Vanden Plas, and a version was duly supplied for her use.
The Series 1 Vanden Plas (it has no Jaguar or Daimler badge) has many features not included on a Jaguar until the Series 3 sovereign nearly ten years later, and the very low build of only 337 in RHD and a mere 5 LHD examples, means it remains highly prized . With the vast majority of series 1 Vanden Plas having been sold and driven in the UK, the rust general wear and tear makes it not difficult to imagine just how few examples survive! Perhaps half a dozen may be in Australia, all personal imports, and even that few may be a worthwhile percentage of all surviving examples.  We estimate that perhaps as few as 50 of these beauties are still in existence

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With the characteristic 'beaver tail' removed the extent of the rust necessitated the removal of rear guards and tanks.

The particular vehicle which I saw being advertised in the distant (from Coventry at least!) Queensland tropics was #243, and proclaimed by the owner as needing only a re-spray, and supposedly, the engine had recently been rebuilt (why are so many Jaguars advertised like this?).
The coating of oil underneath, however, and the rust showing in the A pillar and boot indicated a complete rebuild was the way to go despite the car's driving remarkably well. This, and its rarity and heritage made it well worth saving, I believe.
I said I wanted a challenge, so the first task undertaken was to strip the body and see just what effort would be needed to repair the shell. As always the further the task progressed, the worse the news.
The little bit of rust in the pillars was nothing! The rear window had been leaking for a long time, and water had entered the rear parcel shelf, run down the back of the seat, into the rear wheel arch and along the sill. The beaver panel had been 'bogged' and riveted to what was left of the spare wheel well,

But the most serious rust was ion the rear of the car, with those panels surrounding the fuel tanks requiring complete replacement. continues


 1955 Mark 7 Jaguar. 

owned by Mathew and Julie Bennets

Rockhampton Queensland, The engine for this car (the original) was found in a shed in Mt Morgan and is safely tucked away in Matthew's shed. The Mark 7 is presently running around with a Holden 202 motor installed, The original motor will return to it's rightful place one day.

The colour is Old English White.

Mark and Julie purchased this beauty in Dec 1996. And this vehicle is another one that is gradually being restored, although the major work the Bennets have done, (prior to Feb 97).

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