Richard Hammond has restored his classic Jaguar ‘in the wrong order’

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During the first lockdown, Richard Hammond released regular videos showing off his in-depth rebuild of a historic Jaguar XK150. A new video from DriveTribe has revealed the car’s bodywork and interior has now been completed with a “spectacular” new design.

However, the fun was relatively short-lived after Mr Hammond discovered a new gremlin being discovered while driving the car in France.

He said: “Thing is with lockdown, unlocked I could finally visit the car in person and the news was good and then it got bad.

“The bodywork is now spectacular, the shut lines, the panel gaps, they are pin-sharp, far better than when it was new.

“I don’t think you‘ll find a more shapely and perfect XK150 than this one.

“I love the colour, its grey, its original paint. The same colour it wore when it came to the start line of the Tulip Rally in 1959.

“The interior too is in its original colour, it’s beautiful.

“A few modern touches, kick-ass stereo, mounting point for my telephone, it is all good. Then it becomes less good.”

He added: “I may have got a bit giddy at the start of the project and made everybody do things in the wrong order.”

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Much of the restoration work was done by Neil and Anthony Greenhouse, based in Herefordshire. 

Speaking to DriveTribe, Neil Greenhouse has confirmed the car will need to “come back to pieces again” to fix a problem with the differential.

He said Hammond was warned not to take the car out until all the work had finished but revealed he “never listens” and was too excited about his new project.

N.A Greenhouse said the car was back on the ramps in the garage and totally stripped down.

They have confirmed the car will take at least a few weeks to fix before it can be used again.

Mr Greenhouse said: “Richard decided he wanted to take it to France on holiday.

“The problem is as you know he gets excited, wants it all now, wants to drive it.

“I did say you’re putting the cart before the horse but no customer is always right, never listens, there we go.

Mr Greenhouse added: “He drove it, decided he didn’t want to take the risk, ‘oh the diffs widening. oh it’s a little rattle’. It’s a 70-year-old car.

“When you make a cake you don’t do the icing first do you, you get the ingredients you start from scratch and make it nice.

“Anyway, we’ve got to the stage now where its all got to come back to pieces again.

“We’ve got to take the engine out but on this car that could be quite tricky because it’s a very narrow engine bay.

“Thinking about it, it will be a lot easier to take the body off the chassis.

“This is what we should have done first time around, do the chassis first, get it painted, get it rebuilt, engine gearbox upgrade and then it should be a really nice car.”

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