May 27, 2022

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1988 Jaguar XJR-9 heads to auction

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A 24 Hrs of Daytona-profitable Jaguar XJR-9 is headed to the seller’s block at RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction on Could 14.

The XJR-9 competed in the top GTP (Grand Touring Prototype) class of the IMSA GT Championship. Spanning the 1980s, the GTP era was arguably the most competitive in IMSA record, featuring iconic vehicles like the Porsche 962 and Nissan NPT-90 together with the Jaguar entries.

The 1980s were also excellent instances for Jaguar in racing, looking at the British automaker contend on each sides of the Atlantic in each GTP and the related European Team C stamina-racing course. The XJR-9 was the confluence of all those attempts.

1988 Jaguar XJR-9 (photo via RM Sotheby's)

1988 Jaguar XJR-9 (picture by means of RM Sotheby’s)

Jaguar’s 1980s endurance-racing journey started off in 1982 with the XJR-5, which was made for IMSA level of competition by Fabcar and Bob Tulles’ Team 44 Racing. With ambitions to race at the 24 Hrs of Le Mans, Jaguar then turned to British group Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) to establish vehicles alongside Group 44.

The TWR-created XJR-9 debuted for the 1988 season, and famously attained Jaguar its very first Le Mans victory due to the fact 1957. Run by a 6.-liter V-12, it was also raced by a new TWR North The united states workforce that took over from Group 44 in IMSA that time.

The motor vehicle currently up for sale—chassis TWR-J12C-388—was raced in IMSA from 1988 to 1990, profitable the 24 Hours of Daytona that 12 months in the palms of Davy Jones, Jan Lammers, and Andy Wallace. The car was retired from racing at the end of the 1990 season and later sent to the TWR museum. That museum was disbanded in 2003, but the Jaguar observed a new property and gained a whole restoration in 2006, per the listing. It’s expected to promote for involving $2 million and $2.5 million at the approaching auction.

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