Out and about with CMC: City of London Concours

CMC restored and maintained cars were seen at the inaugural City of London Concours. Set in the gardens of the Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of London, the event provided a display of some of the world’s finest cars.

The two CMC gems were the 1961 Jaguar E-Type Chassis No 60 and the XKSS, certainly one of the most elegant cars seen at the show. 

Chassis 60 was the sixtieth E-Type to leave Jaguar’s production line in 1961; not only a very early 'flat floor' 3.8 litre model dating from the first few weeks of production, but also one of the earliest surviving right-hand drive E-Type roadsters, and had never been restored. Chris Anderson had bought it at auction in 2013 and sent it to CMC to bring it back to the condition that it would have left the factory in 1961. It took CMC 3,500 hours to restore and since then it has received many awards, including Best of Show at the 2015 RAC Midsummer Drive-In.

The XKSS, which left for the USA in 1957, was the very last to be made and enjoyed the most successful racing career of any XKSS, mainly in the hands of Tossie Alex. Thereafter, life became somewhat more sedate for nearly 20 years with Gerry Nell before its current owner brought it home in 2009. In 2010, together with eleven other examples, it went back to the States to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Jaguar at Pebble Beach. More recently, it was at the Concorso De Villa D’Este in May 2013 when it won its class.