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Jaguar bought for £180 sells 50 years down the road for £77k

Classic: The 1951 Jaguar XK120 was sold by the man who has owned it since he was 19 PIC: BNP

WHEN 19-year-old Malcolm Brock handed over £180 for this sleek Jaguar little did he know that he would sell it nearly 50 years later for £77,000.

That’s what the 1951 XK120 has just fetched at auction.

Retired mechanic Malcolm decided to sell as he was finding it more difficult to climb in and out of the low-slung roadster as he approached his 69th birthday.

Flaring to go: The car back in the 70s

But he retains many happy memories of the car, including driving daughter Tracey to her wedding 20 years ago. ‘That was just about the only time it’s ever had its hood up because she was worried about her hair,’ said Malcolm, of Torpoint, Cornwall. He also competed in hill climb events in the two-seater, which he bought in 1969, as well as using it as his daily runaround for several years.

Sporty: Malcolm at a hill climb event

Over the years, the XK120 has been painted a number of colours but is back to its original bronze. It sold at auction in Sherborne, Dorset, for a hammer price of £68,000. With fees added, the Somerset-based collector who bought it had to pay £77,000.

As for Malcolm, his love affair with Jags is not over. He plans to use the proceeds to buy a new Jaguar F-type.

Last lap: Malcolm has happy memories

He said: ‘When I first bought it you could buy old Jags and Aston Martins for next to nothing — it was my rich mates who had Minis at the time.

‘I’ve taken good care of it but it is amazing to think what it’s worth now.’

Family favourite: Tracey at the wheel

The 3.8litre car has clocked up 300,000 miles and came with a cherished Heritage motoring certificate

Matthew Whitney, head of the classic car department at Charterhouse auctions, said: ‘Rarely do you come across cars which have had nearly 50 years of continuous ownership.’

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