Jaguar racing from the 1970s put up for sale for the second time in a yearMay 8, 2020
The car twice won the Trans-Am series
The Canepa website announced the sale of the Jaguar XJS racing car built in the late 1970s for the Trans-Am series by the Group 44 team. The car won the 1977/1978 seasons, was rebuilt in the early 2010s, and was sold at Sotheby’s this year. , and now again looking for a new owner.
In 1976, Jaguar vice president of sales Michael Dale contacted Bob Tullius, the owner of the Group 44 team and a Trans-Am member, asking him to race for the XJS. The calculation was for a victory that could spur unsatisfactory sales of the model. Expectations came true: Tullius won the championship in Category 1, winning 6 of 11 races, and Jaguar signed a contract for the second year.
The second car only resembles the serial XJS. A body cleaned by acid etching was delivered from the factory to Tullius, which was hoisted onto a chassis with a steel spatial frame and a 120-liter fuel tank.
As the engine used the Jaguar V12 5.2, equipped with six Weber carburetors. On this car, Tullius came first in seven out of 10 races, won the championship of pilots and brought Jaguar victory in the championship of designers.
After the end of his racing career, the combat XJS was kept by Bob Tullius and only in 2007 the car was sold to one of the Jaguar collectors. The new owner paid for the full restoration of the car, and in 2013 XJS already found a new owner. In March of this year, the Jaguar XJS Group 44 Trans-Am sold at Sotheby’s for $ 207,200, but was put up for sale again two months later.
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