The 13th anniversary Jaguars on the Island was held by the Jaguar Club of Victoria which and also sanctioned by the Jaguar Club of North America.
Front and center was a Jaguar XJ220 finished in Monza Red with only 860km on the odometer. This chassis SAJJEAEX8AX220625 was delivered new to Switzerland and is among the last 10 cars made in the 270 car production.
Following Ford’s win at Le Mans earlier this year many great GT40s are surfacing.
One of them is chassis P/1028, the first GT40 shipped to America and used by Ford Motor Co. to promote the brand.
It was completed in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England as a show car and has unique features such as a full leather interior, luggage boxes and air conditioning.
Ford fitted the plates ‘GT40PR’ and started a promotion campaign with P/1028 that began at the 1966 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida. It then toured throughout the USA and it even did a tour through Canada with the Comstock Racing team. Magazine features included stories in Playboy, Mechanix Illustrated and Sports Car Graphic.
Currently, P/1028 presents well in its original hue of metallichrome silver paint. This is the result of a complete restoration by Legendary Motorcars with input from Ronnie Spain, Mark Allen, Jay Cushman and Graham Endeacott. In this condition, ‘GT40PR’ will be presented in Monterey by Mecum Auctions for inclusion into their Monterey 2016 Sale.
Mecum Monterey Images:
P1028 production in Slough, England (P1028 is on the left)
At Dearborn Michigan following 1000 miles of testing.
Today RMSotheby’s are anouncing the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning D-Type chassis XKD501 for their upcoming Auction in Monterey.
They call this “Unequivocally one of the most important and valuable Jaguars in the world”
XKD501 was the first customer D-Type delivered to Ecurie Ecosse, the Scotland stable founded by David Murray and known for their Scottish Flag Metallic Blue Jaguars.
Against three long-nose D-Types entered by the Jaguar factory, Ecurie Ecosse used XKD501 with factory support at the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Driver’s Ninian Sanderson and Ron Flockhart took overall honors at the 1956 Le Mans race ahead of the chasing Aston Martin DB3S.
RM describe the car: “Now offered from only its third private owner, XKD 501 checks all the proverbial boxes. It has won the most grueling contest in sports car racing, the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, and is a centrifugal component of Jaguar’s three consecutive wins at Sarthe. The Jaguar has been fastidiously maintained and serviced by just four caretakers, including a restoration by some of the world’s most knowledgeable experts. Almost unique among a run of automobiles that inevitably led hard lives, its history is refreshingly clean, concise, and incredibly well-known.”
UPDATE: Sold for $21,780,000 – the highest price ever achieved for a British automobile at auction.