MYSTERY MACHINE: Rare Jaguar will be worth around $600,000 when fully restored, but WA owner wants to know who dug the abandoned car out at Glass House Mountains in about 1985.
MYSTERY MACHINE: Rare Jaguar will be worth around $600,000 when fully restored, but WA owner wants to know who dug the abandoned car out at Glass House Mountains in about 1985.

Does anyone recognise this Sunshine Coast Jaguar bush find?

WE'VE all heard of "barn find" cars, but how about a good old Aussie "bush find"?

Here's the sort of car you wouldn't mind chancing upon while scouring the undergrowth - a very early Jaguar XK120 that could be worth in the region of $600,000 when fully restored.

ORIGINAL: How Jaguar XK120s look when fully restored. The stolen rarity found in bush on the Sunshine Coast could be worth around $600,000 when restored to this level.
ORIGINAL: How Jaguar XK120s look when fully restored. The stolen rarity found in bush on the Sunshine Coast could be worth around $600,000 when restored to this level. Felix (Paul) Rieniets

This weekend, when the Sunshine Coast hosts the 2016 Jaguar National Rally, a Perth-based Jaguar XK120 expert, Terry McGrath, is in the region to enjoy proceedings and source whatever information he can on the bush-find Jag currently owned and being restored by a close friend in WA.

What's known about the car so far is fascinating. It's a 1950 XK120 that was stolen in Melbourne in 1952. At some point it was dumped or hidden somewhere in the Glass House Mountains, and ultimately discovered in 1984 or 1985, but it's unclear exactly where. Terry has a photo (lead photo above) of two men with the car where it was discovered, and he'd love to track them down.

1950 Jaguar XK120 pictured in the backyard of a property on the road from Caboolture to Bribie Island, circa 1985. Photo: Contributed
1950 Jaguar XK120 pictured in the backyard of a property on the road from Caboolture to Bribie Island, circa 1985. Photo: Contributed

There's also a photo of the Jaguar shell stored on what is believed to be a yard on the road from Caboolture to Bribie Island, where it sat for about a year before being sold to a restorer in Brisbane. Does anyone remember the old wreck parked there in the mid-1980s?

The XK120 in question is a particularly rare aluminium-bodied example, being one of the first 200 built (believed to be chassis #16).



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