The Grand Tour host Richard Hammond has revealed his new car restoration project in the form of a Jaguar XK 120 – though it isn’t the only Jaguar he has work being done on.
As a part of the iconic Top Gear – now The Grand Tour – trio, Richard Hammond has been able to get behind the wheel of some of the world’s fastest, rarest, and most unique cars.
Aside from his on-screen work, the British TV presenter has amassed a pretty nice collection of vehicles for himself as well – though his ownership of a Tesla might be a bit touch-and-go after his almost disastrous charging blunder. Yet, while plenty of the UK is working from home, Hammond is diving into an all-new restoration project.
The Birmingham-born host revealed that he, as well as a few mechanics, are working on restoring a Jaguar XK 120 back to its former glory, although it isn’t going to be an instant rebuild.
“We’re going for a total restore on this, ground-up,” the DriveTribe member said, showcasing what parts he has for the classic Jaguar. “There are bits missing. The chassis, the engine we have, all the running gear, but this is the key bit – the body.”
Though, Hammond did allow himself to jump ahead a few steps and talk about the potential paint job for the car once it’s finished – but the trio couldn’t quite settle on what it should look like at the end.
Aside from that, the car reviewer also revealed that he has another Jaguar XK in the works with the same mechanics – but that one is an XK 150 and it is ready to be painted and fitted with a few other parts.
As for when he’ll be able to take the pair for a spin and have them back on the roads, that remains to be seen as there is still plenty of work to be done. But, he said he was hoping it was “soonish” and would be keeping fans up-to-date with a few other videos.