This beautifully presented Jaguar was first registered on the 17th April 1937 and according to the original brown ‘buff’ logbook was first registered to motor dealership Martin & Chillingworth Ltd in Hampshire. They supplied the Jaguar on the 29th April 1937 to a Mr Addis of Newbury and remarkably the car stayed in the same Berkshire town for 45 years. The original Martin and Chillingworth dealer plaque is still on the dashboard. In 1982 the Jaguar was sold and finally left Newbury, spending from 1982 to 2014 with one owner in Lincolnshire. The most recent owner purchased the Jaguar in 2014 and has carried out a comprehensive programme of work. AMO 77 has arrived with us in beautiful condition and retains a great deal of originality. We are pleased to confirm the car still retains its original 1937 registration mark, tool kit, original factory supplied engine, original Black leather upholstery, and is still in its factory exterior colour of Black.
In 1990/1991, whilst still in Lincolnshire the Jaguar was treated to a sympathetic restoration We have photographic evidence of the engine completely stripped down with crankshaft removed. The engine rebuilt and re-fitted to the car with the body completely off the chassis. The body and chassis were then completely restored, and the car built back up from the chassis up. The car was fully re-painted in its original colour and all brightwork was re-chromed and a new wiring loom used. Invoices also accompany the photos totalling over £6500 between 1990 and 1991. Very low mileage was covered after the restoration and it was then sold to the most recent owner in 2014. Since 2014, the Jaguar had the original seats and door cards professionally repaired, interior instruments restored and a new windscreen fitted. Some re-wiring was carried out and a new voltage regulator fitted, the Luvax dampers were re-furbished and the water pump rebuilt.
AMO 77 has arrived with us in beautiful condition. The paintwork still has a lovely gleam, the bodywork is in excellent order, as is the chassis. The chrome work is of a very good standard and the upholstery is beautiful with lovely, aged leather, a smart headlining, carpets, dashboard and door cards. Whilst after 80 years, the car has had to have restoration work, the Jaguar does have a very original feel to it. It presents superbly as an original car would, it still retains many of its original features and this really does make the car quite special. The Jaguar is mechanically strong and drives superbly. AMO 77 has a strong engine holding very good oil pressure, the engine sounds and performs very well, the gearbox is smooth with no crunching between gears and brakes, steering and suspension all feel correct. Road test on arrival was impressive, the Jaguar cruises nicely and is very enjoyable to drive with no major faults detected. This is a wonderful collectors piece that can also be enjoyed and driven with confidence.