Anthony Camilleri’s 1952 Jaguar XK120 fixed head coupe may be one slick cat, but the road to owning and restoring this vehicle was far from smooth. At nearly 20 minutes, this video is the longest in the first season of Car Stories and tells the story of a complicated web of international trade, diplomatic intrigue, and amateur online sleuthing. It also shows the lengths which enthusiasts are willing to go to unite with the classic car they bought.

The car in question was initially exported to the US from the UK and belonged to a limited run of 200 right-hand drive models built for the British market. After touching down on US soil, the car was abandoned for 30 years and eventually ended up in the yard of an auto dealer in San Francisco, where it was waiting for someone to restore it.

Anthony bought the Jaguar in 2016 after responding to a website listing, but various issues with the seller delayed its shipping by a year. The first few months in Malta were equally eventful for Anthony and thanks to his meticulous documentation of the entire process, we get to re-trace each step of the way with him and follow carefully the work that went into restoring the car to its former glory.

Mark

Mark

Mark runs a digital marketing agency, which is as far as you can get from nerding out on cars. That hasn’t stopped him from spending afternoons underneath cars pretending to know what he’s doing, before calling a knowledgeable friend. He doesn’t understand SUVs, and will try convince you, unsuccessfully, that you’re better off with a fast wagon.