Big Cats and Small Chickens
JAGUAR XK120 COUPE
In August 1952 a new Jaguar XK120 Coupe was taken from the Coventry factory to the Montlhery circuit near Paris. Over the course of 7 days and 7 nights the car, which had only minor modifications, ran at an average of over 100 miles per hour, covering 16851 miles. LWK 707 broke 4 world records and 5 international class records. Under the leadership of manager Mortimer Morris-Goodhall, a team of 4 drove the car, Sir Stirling Moss, Jack Fairman, Leslie Johnson and Bert Hadley. The event captured the imagination of the world’s press and helped cement the realisation that Jaguar was beginning a new chapter.
I have been producing casting patterns for neighbouring foundry Black Isle Bronze for many years and a symbiotic relationship has developed between the two workshops. The Jaguar is a natural coming-together of our skills and draws on my passion for the British motor industry. A limited run of 15 Jaguar sculptures will be produced, each cast using the lost-wax process before being hand finished and patinated. The techniques of pattern-making and casting have changed little for hundreds of years and the “Seven Days and Seven Nights” study is an opportunity to own a rare piece of Scottish craftsmanship.
You can chose between plinths veneered in the finest bird’s eye maple or burr walnut and each model is carefully packed in a custom-made box. They are numbered and supplied with a certificate of authenticity.
Size: 10″ x 5″ (22cm x 12cm) for the plinth; 7″ x 3″ (18cm x 6.5cm) for the bronze
Prices coming soon.
AMERICAN AUSTIN BANTAM
Members of the American Austin Bantam Club made me so welcome when I joined their club some years ago that I decided to explore the market for a model Austin. When I began pattern-making for the first American Austin Coupe they enthusiastically provided all the measurements I needed and helped with marketing the first production run.
After 10 years I had built over three hundred 1:43 scale models in 5 different types of Bantam and Austin. They found buyers in America, France, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Austria and the UK, many of whom became personal friends.
Production ceased several years ago and the casting patterns are now for sale – a great business opportunity for someone wanting to resume production of the Bantams under a different name. Do let me know if you are interested.