ONLY SURVIVING LEMANS-WINNING JAGUAR D-TYPES HEADLINE AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS SPECIAL CLASSES

 The 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will honour the immortal Jaguar D-type on the 60th anniversary of its third consecutive and final victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the race it was created to win.
 Jaguar Chairman Sir William Lyons considered the 24 Hours of Le Mans the most important race on the international calendar. From 1951 Jaguar won the 24 Hours five times in seven years. That competition record spurred Jaguar sales and invested the Coventry-based company with an international luster and a mystique it still enjoys.
Even after six decades, the D-Type Jaguar remains one of the most alluring automotive shapes of all time. Its sculptured aerodynamic silhouette employs modern aircraft design theory and construction. In four years (1954 through 1957) the D-Type won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times. It is a record that stands with the fabled Bentley Boys of the 1920s, Britain’s first Le Mans heroes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Jaguar D-Type was created to win Le Mans,” said Bill Warner, founder, and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concoursd’Elegance. “Yet the D-Type raced and won practically everywhere, especially America.” Twenty percent of D-Type production had long lives in America. No surprise. “The D-Type raced at Sebring, Daytona — beach course and the Speedway — at Bonneville, even on drag strips and airport circuits. Indy 500winner Bobby Unser raced a D-Type at Sebring: impressive such a specialized design,” said Warner.

The World Sports Car Championship was young in 1955 when Jaguar’s svelte D-Type became the first car to win the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the same year.
Jaguar’s D-type won Le Mans again in 1956, this time in the Scottish Blue livery of Edinburgh-based Ecurie Ecosse, making their Le Mans debut. It was the beginning of a heroic legend, the type that suits the legend and lore of the 24 Hours of Le Mans perfectly.
The 1957 24 Hours of Le Mans began like a Grand Prix sprint. The powerful Italians and their Formula 1 stars went at each other without quarter. The blue D-Types ran to a fast yet strict plan letting the red cars exhaust themselves. Before midnight the red cars had faded and Jaguars were well in the lead with three privately entered D-Types in their very rapid and regular wake. Jaguar D-Types finished first – second – third – fourth and sixth!
Across seven years Jaguar’s D-Type raced at the sharp end of the most famous, most romantic and very likely the most dangerous sports car race of all . . . the one race it was designed to win.
“The D-Type is a classic sports racing car that gets extra credit as the car that not only won Le Mans three times, but gave birth to two more Jaguar classics, the XKSS and the XKE,” said Warner. “We are honored to have both the 1956 and 1957 Le Mans winning D-Types anchor our 2017 Jaguar D-Type class.”

 

TV CHEF COOKS UP A CLASSIC MENU FOR PETROLHEADS

  • James Martin is the latest star to join Gala Evening celebrations
  • Ferrari-owning chef ready to celebrate special tribute to the Prancing Horse
  • Just two days to go before Thursday’s official opening
  • Advance tickets still available on the show website for extra savings

 

 

TV chef James Martin has discovered the perfect recipe for a weekend that’s guaranteed to thrill anyone with a hint of high-octane fuel running through his or her veins.

The ingredients include an amuse bouche of concept cars, an hors d’oeuvres featuring some of the cars that have starred in the career of the greatest all-rounder, Jacky Ickx, and a dessert that will score a Perfect Ten.

And the main course? A veritable feast of Ferraris, with 20 examples of the best from the Prancing Horse worth a combined £120 million.

The venue for this exclusive motoring banquet is the London Classic Car Show, which opens its doors on Thursday (23 February) at ExCeL, London and runs until Sunday (26 February). And Martin, a serial Ferrari owner himself, will be one of the star guests joining in the fun at the show’s opening night Gala Evening.

He will be joining racing legends Ickx, Derek Bell, Dario Franchitti, Emanuele Pirro and Jürgen Barth to mark 70 years of Ferrari road cars with a remarkable Ferrari Tribute Collection curated by the Show organisers and specialist dealer Joe Macari.

Among the cars on display will be a 250 GT SWB, a Daytona, F40, 250 Lusso and a 250 GTO, which alone is worth more than £35 million.

“I’m not sure what will be more exciting – seeing all those glorious Ferraris or rubbing shoulders with some of the most successful racing drivers of all time.

“Did you know that between them, they have 17 wins at Le Mans, four Daytona 24 Hours victories and three wins at the Indy 500?” said an admiring Martin, who has owned a number of Ferraris in his petrolhead career including a new 360, bought when he was just 24, plus a Daytona and a 275.

This will be Martin’s second visit to the London Classic Car Show. He was a curator of the inaugural show and displayed a number of cars from his own collection including a brace of Minis, a Mustang and a Ferrari, as well as establishing the James Martin Classic Café dispensing ‘good, honest grub’ to visitors. “It’s great to be going back,” he said.

Another star guest at the Gala Evening with a Ferrari connection is the TV classic car guru Quentin Willson. Quentin will be at the show on all four days, advising visitors how to spot one of his ‘Smart Buys’, a classic that’s set to jump in value in the near future. One of his tips is the Ferrari Daytona.

Now in its third year, the London Classic Car Show is packed to the rafters with hundreds of classic cars, some rare, some hugely valuable, some for sale and some starter classic cherished by their owners.

As well as the tributes to Ferrari and Jacky Ickx, stunning displays include the show’s Perfect Ten – 60 rare and iconic classics representing ten types of car including saloon, coupé, woodie, single-seater and convertible – all of which will be run along The Grand Avenue, a highway that runs through the centre of the show and allows visitors to see and hear the favourites in action. EVO and Octane magazines, meanwhile, are presenting a display of four rarely seen concept cars from Aston Martin, Jaguar, Vauxhall and Peugeot.

Other highlights include Car Club Square, with displays from leading one-make clubs, the Beaulieu Pop-Up Autojumble, and the Open Paddock allowing visitors to get up close and personal with the Perfect Ten and other stunning classics.

Although the show opens in just a couple of days, saving scan still be made by booking advance tickets from the show website – thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk. Advance prices start at £24 for single adult entry (£27 on the door on the day). Tickets for Thursday’s star-studded Gala Evening cost £42 with access to the Grand Avenue Club, where the interviews take place, priced at £70.

 

All London Classic Car Show tickets provide free entry to Historic Motorsport International, the new sister show dedicated to historic racing and rallying.

HMI will open its doors at 12 noon on Thursday, 23 February while the London Classic Car Show will burst into life at 3pm that afternoon. The LCCS closes at 9.30pm on the opening Thursday, runs from 10am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

95 CARS FOR AUCTION AT THE RACE RETRO CLASSIC CAR SALE

  • 95 best of breed classic and sports cars will be offered by Silverstone Auctions at Race Retro on 25th and 26th February.
  • The auction house has compiled its best ever Race Retro catalogue.
  • A1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT will headline the sale with an estimate of £300,000 to £350,000.

 

Silverstone Auctions returns to Race Retro to host a two-day Classic Car Sale on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February, in addition to its Competition Car Sale on 24th February, at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

With an incredibly varied catalogue, it’s best ever at Race Retro, Silverstone Auctions has brought together the finest classic cars with plenty of rare and low mileage examples, high performance sports cars and collectible modern classics to choose from, as well as a selection of luxury watches and automobilia.

“This is our sixth auction at Race Retro and we have another exceptional line-up of cars this year, perhaps our best ever at the event,” comments Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions. “We’re delighted to be part of the show again and, as always, we have some really unique opportunities for buyers and collectors and some really special cars on offer that rarely come to market.”

Headlining the sale is a UK, right-hand drive 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT featuring the incredibly rare and desirable factory fitted flared wheel arches and Campagnolo wheels. It will be offered for sale for the first time in 22 years at an estimate of £300,000 to £350,000.

Another highlight of the sale is a 1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S with an impressive 12 British Outright Speed records. The rare, right-hand drive, UK delivered Countach LP500S is one of only 25 examples made and was first owned by racing driver and Lamborghini aficionado Barry Robinson. Presenting a unique opportunity to collectors, it will be offered at a sale estimate of £325,000 to £350,000.

For buyers seeking a younger model, a right-hand drive 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SV finished in the striking combination of Arancio Leonis with an Alcantara interior, is offered at an estimate of £240,000 to £280,000.

Also in the sale, a 1956 BMW 502 V8 saloon, one of just 12 right-hand drive examples produced, offers collectorsa rare and stylish road car with lots of provenance. A regular in the St. Mary’s Trophy at the Goodwood Revival meeting over the years, it has been driven by many famous racing drivers including Marc Surer and Alan Jones, 1980 F1 World Champion, and will be offered with a sale estimate of £30,000 to £35,000.

Other luxury classics on offer include a 1962 Rolls-Royce SCT100, one of just 17 long-wheelbase variants in right-hand drive without a division, and the first ever such Cloud III LWB coach built by James Young. It will be offered at £65,000 to £75,000 presented in Velvet Green with a Champagne leather interior, with original luxury walnut features.

A very special 2006 Bentley Azure 6.7 Convertible in Dark Sapphire Blue Azure presents an ultra-rare opportunity to own an ‘almost as new’ condition, incredibly low mileage, modern classic Bentley. With just one registered keeper from new, it is offered at £135,000 to £155,000.

For collectors looking for something a little more unusual, a 1939 4 1/4 Ltr Blown Derby Bentley “Rusty Turner” Special will be offered with an estimate of £110,000 to £140,000. One of three built by the talented Tony Fabian and converted to a sports racer by ‘Rusty’ Turner in 1968, it emotes pre-war Bentley with a long and interesting history.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors at Race Retro to our special sale and we hope to help show-goers leave with their dream classic,” concludes Nick Whale.

To find out more about Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Classic Car Sale and view the full lot list please visit https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/race-retro-classic-car-sale-2017/view_lots/pn/all.

ABARTH SHOWCASES 124 SPIDER HERITAGE AT LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW

Abarth UK is preparing to turn the rallying clock back more than five decades, while bringing the Scorpion brand right up-to-date with its most recent addition, at this year’s London Classic Car Show.

The performance car brand’s exhibition stand (E70) is this year dedicated to the Abarth 124 spider, and will have a display of new and old with a stand featuring the recently-launched Abarth 124 spider and the classic 1973 Fiat Abarth 124 Rally.

Alongside them will be their two rallying counterparts  illustrating the performance brand’s incredible motorsport heritage: the New Abarth 124 rally and the 1974 Fiat Abarth 124 Rally Gr.4.

 

The classic cars are displayed under the banner Abarth Classiche, the official, Turin-based programme launched last year to support the repair, restoration and certification of classic Abarth models for customers lucky enough to own one.

With new models such as the 124 spider and New 595 recently launched, more and more drivers are experiencing Abarth for the first time: 2016 was the performance brand’s best year ever in the UK with total sales of 3966 – a rise of 44.5 per cent over the 2743 of the previous year.

The London Classic Car Show, held at the capital’s ExCel exhibition hall, 23-26 February, provides Abarth with an excellent opportunity to demonstrate what’s new from the company in 2017 while offering a reminder of the scorpion brand’s glorious past.

“There’s no better place to display classic cars than the London Classic Car Show, and we are delighted to have some superb machinery on our stand,” says Gerry Southerington, brand manager, Abarth UK.

“The blend of new and old, road car and sporting legend, gives us an interesting and exciting exhibition which, I am sure, will be enjoyed by thousands of show-goers.”

The Abarth 124 spider comes equipped with a 170hp engine generating 250Nm of torque at 2500 rpm to provide a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 144mph. Prices start at £29,565 OTR.

Further Information: www.abarthcars.co.uk/124_spider

2000 F1 Arrows A21 – complete and race ready for sale

Arrows F1 A21 Chassis 06 was the last produced and was driven by Jos Verstappen, Johnny Herbert and Mark Webber. Arrows A21 chassis 06 was used at the end of the 2000 season and start of the 2001 season. This is an original, fully-working F1, with 6-speed semi-automatic carbon gearbox and paddle change.

The engine is the Hart 3.0 V10 air-valve engine, with a rev limit set at 17,000 rpm and nearly 900bhp available (that is a power-to-weight ratio of nearly 1,800bhp per ton).

The car is in concours condition, with all major components (engine, gearbox, etc), having had just 50km use since a major overhaul. The owner last tested the car with a 14,000 rpm rev limit and it has now been set it to the original limit.

It is eligible for the European Boss series and many paying display events; also the American series, where it will be a front runner and a winner in the right hands. The car comes with all the pit equipment to start and run the car in a professional way, right down to team clothing and race suit.

The spares package with this car includes all the remaining factory spares, including the moulds; there is enough to nearly build another car less engine. All help, advice and training to the new owner and their mechanics is available, plus at-track help.

Any inspection or test is welcomed and delivery to any country by air freight or sea freight can be arranged along with all customs paperwork.

To arrange a viewing, please contactl Mike Walters
Tel +44 (0) 7970 736644
Email: mike@racecarsdirect.com.

COYS HAMMER TO COME DOWN ON TWENTY STAR LOTS AT HMI

  • Lots include sought-after Aston Martins, Ferraris and Jaguars
  • Notable competition prepared cars ready for the season ahead
  • Free viewing of all auction lots, but auction attendance by catalogue

Renowned auctioneers Coys have confirmed the 20 prized lots coming under the hammer at this week’s eagerly-anticipated Historic Motorsport International (23-26 February at London ExCeL).

Reflecting HMI’s position alongside the popular London Classic Car Show, the auction includes a number of notable classics for the open road as well as some ready-to-race competition cars.

With The London Classic Car Show putting the spotlight on Ferrari – and former Ferrari F1 and sportscar driver Jacky Ickx opening the new HMI show at noon on Thursday – it is fitting that a scarlet Ferrari tops the Coys bill. Dating back to 1968, the Pininfarina penned 330 GTC is one of Ferrari’s finest GT road cars – the example coming under the hammer has just 28,287 miles on the clock and is expected to sell for more than £500,000.

Other stand-out street machines include a rare right-hand-drive Mercedes-Benz 190SL from 1959 (estimate £120,00 to £150,000), a low mileage 1995 Porsche 993 Turbo (estimate £95,000 to £115,000), a 1966 Jaguar E-type Series 1 (estimate £90,000 to £120,000) and a 2007 Aston Martin DB9 with just delivery mileage on the clock (estimate £50,000 to £70,000).

Projected prices among the competition cars being auctioned will not require quite such deep pockets. An original 1965 Lotus Elan S1 roadster with an FIA Technical Passport, plus some notable racing history, is expected to sell for around £70,000 while a TVR Grantura Mk III of a similar vintage is likely to be a slightly more affordable way to go racing in 2017.

Those hoping to compete at Goodwood will be interested in the 1962 Fiat Abarth 1500S Evocation – a regular racer at the Sussex venue – which could sell for as little as £15,000.

 

The assorted Coys grid also features a number of V8 muscle cars including a pair of Chevrolet Holden ‘Supercars’ (estimate £25,000 to £29,000) and a 573bhp Ford Mustang GT (estimate £25,000 to £35,000) – a supercharged beast that has collected several class wins in circuit, sprint and hillclimb events.

“For this high-octane auction at Historic Motorsport International we have lined up a selection of sporting and competition cars ready to be raced in the upcoming season,” said Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys. “We’ve long had a deep association with historic motorsport since the earliest days of the Coys Historic Festival at Silverstone and to be a founding partner of Historic Motorsport International in our capital city is a very exciting opportunity.”

The full collection of all 20 Coys lots will be displayed on the show floor throughout the four days, adding yet another exciting dimension to the all-new show.

Viewing is open from noon on Thursday and all day Friday (23 and 24 February) but access to the auction itself – which is due to start at 3pm on Saturday, 25 February – will be restricted to registered attendees who have purchased the official auction catalogue, either in advance or at Historic Motorsport International. Free access to the lots will be reinstated after the auction on Saturday and all day Sunday.

Although in only its first year, the levels of interest in HMI have greatly exceeded the organiser’s expectations. Stand space at the packed show has been taken by the major historic motorsport event and championship organisers in the UK and Europe, as well as by leading engineering and preparation companies and specialist competition car dealers, and teams.

Special displays will celebrate 50 years of both Formula Ford and the all-conquering Ford DFV F1 engine and there’s a thrilling showcase underlining the breadth of historic machinery that will be taking part in the Silverstone Classic festival in July.

Another major attraction will be the first Historic Motorsport Conference Programme. It will be hosted in the show’s Supagard Theatre by motorsport broadcaster Henry Hope-Frost and will include engaging interviews with many of the sport’s top names including legendary Le Mans winners Jürgen Barth, Derek Bell, Jacky Ickx, Jackie Oliver and Emanuele Pirro.

HMI will be officially opened by Ickx – the man who is regarded by many to be the world’s greatest all-round racing driver – at 12 noon on Thursday, 23 February and runsalongside The London Classic Car Show, now in its third year and looking to build on the record 33,000 visitors who visited the 2016 event.

Historic Motorsport International tickets are now available from the show website – historicmotorsportinternational.co.uk – and start at £24 for single adult entry (£27 on the door on the day). Access to The London Classic Car Show is included in the entry price.

The full Coys auction catalogue is available online at http://www.coys.co.uk/historic-motorsport-international-2017

Thrilled to announce that this 1957 Jaguar XKSS will headline The Gooding Company, Amelia Island Auction!

In 1953, Jaguar began to develop a replacement for its C-Type, the car that had established the Coventry firm’s international reputation with wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1951 and 1953.

Under the direction of company founder Sir William Lyons and chief engineer William Heynes, a state-of-the-art sports racing car began to take shape, the likes of which had never been seen. When it made its official competition debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 1954, the Jaguar D-Type took the racing world by storm.

Inspired by the latest advances in aircraft technology, the D-Type featured a high-strength alloy monocoque chassis, with load-bearing external panels and tubular subframes fore and aft. This new approach represented a radical departure from conventional automotive design; more traditional manufacturers did not implement similar technology until decades later. In addition to its revolutionary chassis, the D-Type benefited from numerous aviation-inspired features, including four-wheel Dunlop disc brakes, a deformable fuel bladder, and dry-sump lubrication.

Malcolm Sayer, who had left the Bristol Aeroplane Company to work for Jaguar, was given a free hand to create the shape of the D-Type. An expert aerodynamicist, Sayer described his design brief as “functional efficiency at all costs.” Nevertheless, the car’s highly effective bodywork, rendered in lightweight aluminum and perfected in the wind tunnel, was undeniably beautiful, with compound curves and ideal proportions.

While so much of the D-Type’s design broke new ground, the new Jaguar was powered by a development of the proven XK twin-cam, straight-six engine that debuted in 1948. Equipped with three Weber 45 DCO3 carburetors, high-compression pistons, high-lift camshafts, and an asymmetrical wide-angle cylinder head, the D-Type’s engine produced at least 250 bhp and allowed for a top speed in excess of 170 mph.

Campaigned by the Jaguar factory team and well-heeled privateers, including Ecurie Ecosse and Briggs Cunningham, the D-Type achieved tremendous success during its racing career. Notable highlights include three overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1955, 1956, and 1957), two wins at the 12 Hours of Reims (1954 and 1956), and outright victories at the 1955 12 Hours of Sebring and the 1956 Grand Prix of Spa. D-Types won countless other sports car races around the globe.

In October 1956, at the height of the D-Type’s career, Jaguar announced that it was temporarily retiring from motor racing to focus on production cars. By this time, most of the D-Types had already been delivered to customers; however, 25 cars were unsold.

With these D-Types, Sir William Lyons saw an opportunity to recoup some of the substantial investment made into the factory’s racing program and, at the same time, take advantage of the booming US market for European sports cars. With this in mind, Lyons decided to have the 25 remaining D-Types modified and presented for sale to the public as a limited-production, road-going version of his Le Mans-winning race car.

On January 21, 1957, Jaguar Cars Ltd. issued the following statement: “Jaguar are to produce a new 2-seater sports-racing car as a result of the increasing demand from America for a type of vehicle equally suitable for normal road use and sports car racing. The new model which, initially, will be for export only, will be based on the already famous Le Mans type Jaguars and will be known as the Jaguar XK ‘SS’ type.

“The new model will depart from the somewhat spartan simplicity of the ‘D’ type by the incorporation of a full-width orthodox windscreen, folding hood, completely equipped touring type instrument panel, well-upholstered seating, luggage grid, bumpers and other refinements appropriate to a car intended for fast touring as well as for sports car racing. The car will be fitted with Dunlop disc brakes and the general construction and mechanical specification will follow closely that of the outstandingly successful ‘D’ type. The new model will be an addition to the Jaguar range and will not supplant any existing models. First deliveries to America are planned to commence in February. Price in USA $6,900.”

Jaguar had constructed only 16 examples of the XKSS when, on the evening of February 12, 1957, a fire engulfed the Browns Lane plant, destroying the nine unfinished chassis. As Lyons had anticipated, the US was the single largest market for his latest sports car, and 12 of the 16 examples were delivered stateside. Of the remaining supply, two were delivered to Canada, one was sold to Hong Kong, and a sole example remained in Britain.

In August 1957, Road & Track reported on the XKSS and concluded: “The latest SS Jaguar is advertised as a genuine dual-purpose car, and certainly as a ‘thinly-disguised road racing machine’ it will delight the enthusiast.” The magazine also subjected the new Jaguar to a full road test and recorded the following remarkable figures: 0–60 mph in 5.2 seconds, 0–100 mph in 13.6 seconds, standing quarter mile in 13.9 seconds, and 149 mph top speed.

Given their pedigree and performance, most were immediately put to use on the racetrack. However, a few of the cars did fulfill their intended purpose and were instead used as thrilling daily transportation. Among those who enjoyed the Jaguar on the road was famed actor and racing driver Steve McQueen, who purchased his car secondhand in 1958 and kept it for almost a decade. Despite its thoroughbred bloodline and exclusivity, it was the XKSS’s long-term association with “The King of Cool” that forever defined the car’s image and reputation. Even today, the Jaguar XKSS remains an undisputed automotive icon.

The history of this XKSS can be traced to November 21, 1956, when XKD 575 was counted among the stock of Jaguar’s unsold D-Types.

In early 1957, Jaguar converted XKD 575 into XKSS 716 and finished it in the definitive color scheme of British Racing Green with tan leather upholstery. In May 1957, the completed car was dispatched to Jaguar of Eastern Canada, an official distributor based in Montreal. On June 12, it was sold to its first private owner, Stanley C. McRobert.

Mr. McRobert, who sold his XK120 Drophead Coupe to buy the XKSS, entered the new Jaguar in a dozen races and hill climbs throughout 1957 and 1958, winning all but one race at Harewood Acres, where he finished second. In mid-1958, Mr. McRobert sold XKSS 716, after he bought the other Canadian-delivered XKSS, chassis 760, which had been converted back to D-Type specification by Briggs Cunningham’s team manager, Alfred Momo.

The next owner of XKSS 716, Don Stewart, continued to race the car in Canada, participating in races at Green Acres and Harewood Acres. In 1958, Mr. Stewart sold the Jaguar to popular Ontario-based racer Ray Carter.

In May 1959, the Canadian Racing Drivers Association (CRDA) organized its first professional race, a 500-kilometer enduro held at Harewood Acres. It was there, in front of an estimated 10,000 spectators, that local hero Ray Carter and his co-driver Craig Hill drove the XKSS to an overall win, defeating rival John Cook in his Maserati 300S.

Late in 1960, Ray Carter found himself in financial trouble and fellow Canadian racer Nat Adams purchased the XKSS from a finance company. Adams then repainted the car red and entered it in several races at Mosport, including the Canadian Grand Prix, where he finished 12th overall.

In January 1962, Nat Adams sold XKSS 716 to a dentist in Ohio, and the car relocated to the US. By 1968, the Jaguar had been bought by Peter Kalikow, the well-known New York car enthusiast and collector. In a recent interview, Mr. Kalikow recalled the “fine XKSS,” which he sold in the early 1970s. “I regretted it and then tried to find the car and buy it back with no success,” Mr. Kalikow said. “Since then I have never sold a car.”

In or around 1980, the XKSS was sold to John Harper, a UK-based Jaguar enthusiast and racer, who actively participated in the popular Modsports racing series during the 1970s. During his ownership, Mr. Harper had Lynx convert the car into D-Type specification, though he thoughtfully retained all the rare original XKSS components. In this form he raced the car in vintage events throughout 1981 and 1982.

XKSS 716 was then sold to John Pearson, founder of Pearsons Engineering, among the world’s leading specialists in Jaguar-powered sports racing cars. Mr. Pearson continued to race the car in historic events during 1983 and 1984. In 1993, the Jaguar was sold, through famed racing driver Brian Redman, to Don Marsh, a collector based in Columbus, Ohio. The XKSS remained in Mr. Marsh’s collection until 2000, when it was sold to the current owner, a collector with an impressive stable of significant sports and racing cars.

The consignor has continued to enjoy the Jaguar on both road and track, having participated in vintage races and long-distance tours. About 10 years ago, he decided to return the car to its original XKSS specification and enlisted Gary Pearson, the son of former owner John Pearson and the current principal of Pearsons Engineering, to undertake a complete, show-quality restoration.

During this process, a painstaking effort was made to restore and refit the original XKSS components to the Jaguar, which had otherwise been carefully preserved and maintained over the previous decades. Significantly, XKSS 716 has not suffered from a major accident and retains its original chassis, data tag, body, engine block, and cylinder head, something that precious few examples of the D-Type and XKSS can claim.

Beautifully restored and refinished in an attractive deep, dark green, XKSS 716 made its concours debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® in August 2010, where Jaguar was featured in recognition of its 75th anniversary. To honor the company’s most famous and beloved creation, the show’s organizers arranged a special XKSS class, reuniting 12 of the 16 original cars. Since this outing, the XKSS has been shown at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and driven on several exclusive tours in Europe and North America. Today, it remains in superb cosmetic and mechanical condition and performed admirably on a recent outing, with impressive power, light yet precise controls, confidence-inspiring handling, and a glorious, hair-raising soundtrack.

This particular XKSS possesses a relatively long and successful competition history, with excellent results and no record of serious incident during its career. It has a continuous, well-documented provenance that counts respected collectors among its former owners. It has also proven reliable in numerous vintage races and long-distance tours, yet remains in fundamentally original order six decades after it was built. Its recent restoration was conducted by one of the leading marque specialists, whose expertise and experience has ensured that its performance is no less impressive than its appearance.

Without question, this car is among the very best examples of the original XKSS, the limited-production, road-going version of the D-Type – one of the most successful and important models in the history of endurance racing. These Jaguars were the finest, most technically advanced sports cars of their day, and, in the years since, they have assumed an iconic, almost mythical status.

A decade has passed since an XKSS was last offered for sale at public auction, with most examples now jealously guarded in private collections. When the next example might become available is anyone’s guess, but it will almost certainly pale in comparison to XKSS 716.

PROVENANCE

Stanley C. McRobert, Montreal, Canada (acquired new in 1957 via Jaguar of Eastern Canada)

Don Stewart, Canada (acquired from the above in 1958)

Ray Carter, Ontario, Canada (acquired from the above by September 1958)

Nat Adams, Ontario, Canada (acquired from the above in 1960)

Peter Kalikow, New York, New York (acquired by 1968)

John Harper, England (acquired circa 1980)

John Pearson, Northamptonshire, England (acquired from the above in 1983)

Don Marsh, Columbus, Ohio (acquired from the above in 1993 via Brian Redman)

Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2000)

RACE HISTORY

St. Eugene, June 29, 1957, McRobert (1st Place)

Harewood Acres, Race 1, August 17, 1957, McRobert, No. 101 (1st Place)

Harewood Acres, Race 2, August 17, 1957, McRobert, No. 101 (2nd Place)

St. Eugene, Race 1, September 2, 1957, McRobert (1st Place)

St. Eugene, Race 5, September 2, 1957, McRobert (1st Place)

St. Eugene, Race 7, September 2, 1957, McRobert (1st Place)

Harewood Acres 1-Hour, September 28, 1957, McRobert (1st Place)

Harewood Acres Formula Libre, September 28, 1957, McRobert (1st Place)

Mount Gabriel Hill Climb, October 5, 1957, McRobert, No. 1 (1st Place, Course Record)

St. Eugene, June 29, 1958, McRobert (1st Place)

St. Eugene Formula Libre, June 29, 1958, McRobert (1st Place)

Green Acres, July 5, 1958, Stewart, No. 27 (4th Place)

Harewood Acres 1-Hour, July 19, 1958, Stewart (3rd Place)

Harewood Acres, August 10, 1958, Stewart (1st Place)

Harewood Acres 1-Hour, September 13, 1958, Carter

Harewood Acres CRDA 500 Km Race, May 9, 1959, Carter/Hill (1st Place)

Harewood Acres 6-Hours, July 25, 1959, Carter/Hill (4th Place)

Harewood Acres, September 19, 1959, Carter

Harewood Acres, May 28, 1960, Carter, No. 27

Mosport, June 10, 1961, Adams (3rd Place)

Mosport Player’s 200, June 24, 1961, Adams, No. 169

Mosport, August 5, 1961, Adams (4th Place)

Mosport Canadian Grand Prix, September 30, 1961, Adams, No. 169 (12th Place)

EXHIBITED

Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Laguna Seca, August 2007

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Pebble Beach, California, August 2010

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Cernobbio, Italy, May 2011