We followed the mammoth restoration of Jordan Roddy’s XJR-15, a car he found heavily modified for university testing, in Japan. Twelve months ago we gave it the only road test when our road test editor took it out on closed roads within days of its sale to the Gosford Classic Car Museum.
It became our cover car,
Now the same car is being offered by the museum for a cool A$1,050,000.
Only four XJR-15s reside in the southern hemisphere, two each in Sydney and Melbourne. Chassis 018 was fully restored by Jordan Roddy’s Bespoke Motors in Moorabbin.
This XJR-15 has travelled a mere 710km with only a handful of those completed since the restoration.
In concept the XJR-15 was a road-going version of the Le Mans-winning Jaguar XJR-9. It was the first road car to be built completely out of carbon fibre, though its competition focus meant it definitely put the racer in road-racer.
Power came from a 6.0-litre V12 producing 336kW/570Nm. That might not seem much by today’s standards, but the XJR-15 weighed just 1050kg, of which almost a third was engine.
Jaguar XJR-15 performance was vivid, with 0-60mph (0-97km/h) claimed to take just 3.9 sec and a top speed of 307km/h. Unfortunately, raising the ride height to make it suitable for the road limited the effectiveness of the aerodynamics and led to very lively handling at the limit.