SIGNIFICANT JAGUAR AUCTION COMING UP

Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire will be hosting the Silverstone Auctions May sale of British Marques and Classic cars on the 11th May 2019, bringing together some very high quality and exclusive lots.

In association with the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, a fabulous selection of Jaguars are being offered including two XJ220s, eight E-Types, XK120s and a 150 with interesting history. For the more modern enthusiast there are XJS’ and XKRs.

Silverstone Auctions are very excited to be offering not one but two XJ220 supercars, one in left hand drive with 20,500 km and the other right hand drive with just 700 miles. This car was once the fastest production car in the world, with the record set by Martin Brundle in 1992 at the Nardo test track.

The left hand drive 1997 XJ220 in Spa Silver with 20,500km has recently had £50,000 worth of expenditure lavished on it by Jaguar Classic Works and comes with the registration “220 XXK” and with all details of the works carried out in car’s history file. This car is now in exceptional condition and ready to be enjoyed by its new owner. Estimated at £300,000 to £350,000.
If a left hand drive XJ220 doesnt suit, well you can have a 1995 right hand drive version with just 700miles in Le Mans Blue. This car was recently discovered in a private collection in Malaysia and brought back to the UK where it underwent £25,000 worth of work by XJ220 model experts Don Law in December 2015. Estimated at £325,000 to £375,000.
Two highly collectable cars which to date are still the fastest cars produced by Jaguar. A great opportunity to acquire one of the most significant supercars of their era.

Other Jaguars in the auction include E-Types which have always been considered one of the most desirable cars and Silverstone Auctions are offering a variety of specifications including this remarkably pretty 1973 V12 Roadster Series 3 in manual. The car has been in the same ownership for the last 22 years and underwent a restoration in 2000, taking four years by respected firm Classic Motor Cars (CMC) in Bridgenorth. At the same time as the restoration the clutch and brakes were upgraded. Registered as FRW 300L in Coventry, the Heritage Certificate states it was a Jaguar Cars Ltd press car. Prior to auction this car will be MOT tested and is estimated at £80,000 to £100,000.

The British Marques sale also includes a remarkable 47,000 mile, two owner, 1965 E-Type Series 1 FHC. What is even more remarkable is the car still retains its original paint. This is a US delivered, left hand drive car, which had a replacement interior whilst it was in the United States finished fantastically to its original specification. A true time warp and estimated at £40,000 to £50,000.

RBN 376 is a very interesting XK150. If you like doing some competition then this XK150S with a 3.8L engine could be the car. It started life as Fixed Head Coupe in Pearl Grey, then underwent a full restoration in 1990/91 when it was converted to a Drop Head Coupe at a cost of £58,000. In 2000 it was upgraded to rally spec for competition at a cost of £60,000, followed by a further upgrade and another £58,000 in 2005/6 with a competition engine. In 2008 the current vendor purchased the car and has since had it fastidiously maintained by Pearsons Engineering. This is a striking, sporty Jaguar and looks fantastic in Red, with an amazing history file, estimated at £120,000 to £150,000 you will not be able to walk by this amazing car.

If something a bit more modern is for you a 1994 Jaguar XJS Convertible could be the car. Presented in Artic Blue and with just 14,700 miles indicated and three former keepers, XJS’ of this quality are becoming quite desirable in this market. The second owner had the car for 21 years before selling it to the current vendor and at an estimated £20,000 to £25,000 this could be a fantastic example to own.

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MITCH EVANS AND PANASONIC JAGUAR’S MAIDEN WIN COMES IN ROME

Mitch Evans has become the seventh different driver to claim victory in the current Formula E season after beating pole-sitter Andre Lotterer at the Rome E-Prix.

The New Zealand driver, and indeed his Jaguar team, claimed a maiden victory in the all-electric championship.

HWA Racelab’s Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the podium positions, also taking his and the team’s first piece of silverware home.

The race started in damp conditions before it was briefly suspended when a red flag was called only three minutes into the race.

GEOX Dragon’s Jose Maria Lopez overshot the Turn 18 chicane, sending his car head first into the barriers and causing a three-car pileup.

The trio’s stricken cars completely blocked the race track, giving the stewards no other choice but to suspend the race in order to clear the incident.

Last year’s Rome E-Prix winner Sam Bird was also forced to retire on Lap 1 after getting caught up in his own incident with Lopez.

Just before the red flag flew, the Briton was tagged at the rear by the Argentine, coming into contact with the wall at the Turn 12 chicane and suffering damage to the rear of his car.

The race resumed just under an hour later with pole sitter Lotterer leading Evans and Vandoorne.

Evans snatched the lead off Lotterer with 16 minutes to go when he used his final Attack Mode to pass the DS Techeetah driver.

The Auckland-born driver was forced to use more of his energy during the closing stages of the race in order to cover Lotterer’s attack, but crossed the line with just two percent battery life left.

His victory makes up for his heart-breaking defeat last year in Rome where he lost the race from the lead after his car ran out of battery.

It meant that he denied Lotterer a maiden win of his own, while Vandoorne took an impressive third position.

Only four points separate the top four drivers in this season’s championship with D’Ambrosio in the Mahindra machine leading the standings by a single point heading into the Paris ePrix.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER SALES CLIMB AGAIN

Jaguar Land Rover has announced its full year sales from April 2018 to March  2019, revealing an 8.4% increase in the total number of vehicles it sold in the UK. With a total of 118,108 UK sales, Jaguar Land Rover exceeded industry trends in a UK new car market that declined by 3.67% during the same period.

Jaguar Land Rover also grew its competitive segment share by 3.86ppts (percentage points) from 29.47% to 33.32%, thanks to strong performances from a number of key Jaguar and Land Rover models. For Jaguar the premium crossover E-PACE was the biggest seller, with 11,142 units in its first full year of sales, while the Discovery Sport topped Land Rover sales, with 19,569 units. Discovery Sport has been a consistently strong seller since its introduction in 2014.

Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said“Despite the headwinds facing the automotive industry, I’m glad to see Jaguar Land Rover’s UK strategy is having the desired effect. Investment into the right products at the right time has seen us steadily grow our market share and our sales in what has been a declining market. We’re excited for what’s to come, too, with the return of our iconic Land Rover Defender, sales of the updated Jaguar XE and a number of other major product actions, especially the all-new Range Rover Evoque. Our retailers and customers have already been hugely enthusiastic about this new Range Rover.”

Jaguar sales alone were up 20.2% year-on-year, for a total of 38,604 units, spearheaded not only by the E-PACE but the continued sales success of F-PACE and the European Car of the Year, the I-PACE. Jaguar’s first all-electric model has sold 1,760 units, despite being on sale for just over six months. During a hugely successful period for I-PACE, it was named Sunday Times Car of the Year, UK Car of the Year, Top Gear EV of the Year, Stuff’s Best Car, T3’s Best Car and Pocket-lint’s Best Car.

Land Rover sales were up 3.5% year-on-year, rising from 76,851 to 79,504 units. The all-new Range Rover Evoque, on sale from 1 March, established extremely strong sales figures in its first month alone, with 2,158 units sold. The all-new car looks set to reprise its status as one of Land Rover’s most popular models. 

The remainder of the Range Rover line-up also achieved strong sales, with impressive year-on-year growth. During its first full year of sales, the Range Rover Velar was Land Rover’s third best-selling model, achieving 13,226 units.

Updates to the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport helped grow sales from 5,636 to 7,105 units and from 11,336 to 13,150 units, respectively. The popularity of the P400e plug-in hybrid variants has helped boost sales, with half of all Range Rover buyers within the M25 opting for the P400e.

The P400e plug-in hybrid is one part of Jaguar Land Rover’s emissions strategy, which has also included sustained investment into new diesel technology. The results are already clear, with a number of Jaguar Land Rover diesel models independently verified by the AIR Index as among the least polluting on the road. The Jaguar XE and XF have also been announced as RDE2-compliant, almost a year ahead of the legislation officially coming into force.

From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified, as ever-more stringent air quality regulations come into effect throughout the world. In the meantime, Jaguar Land Rover has invested more than £1bn into the Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton and its range of cutting-edge, clean Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. 

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NEXT COVER: THE MOST REMARKABLE XK150S

We have known this rare XK150S 3.8 FHC for very many years.

It was fitted near new with genuine D-Type wheels, and after many years of being kept in virtual mothballs, it has since been owned all around the world – including England and New Zealand.

Jordan Roddy acquired it near Auckland earlier this year, then brought it back to its home city – Melbourne.

However, it was missing its famous D-Types, which he found and repurchased in Perth, Western Australia. He flew there to personally bring them back to Melbourne.

Now the wheels have been totally refurbished and returned to the car – today it was professionally photographed for our cover and main feature in edition #197.

Jordan has a clear sense of history, and one of the places he had it photographed on the exact same spot it sat for a Concours d’Elegance in 1970!

This is an exceptional feature.

The car has been loved so much it was once kept in a vacuum sealed box! It is quite a story!

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER RECYCLING ITS ALUMINIUM

Jaguar Land Rover is developing the next phase of its aluminium closed loop strategy with an innovative recycling initiative to transform the vehicles of today into the cars of tomorrow.

The REALITY project aims to recover aluminium from existing Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles and reform it into a new high-grade aluminium to create new vehicles.

The process is currently being tested on early, pre-production Jaguar I-PACE prototypes which have had their batteries safely removed. These batteries enter into their own second-life process which Jaguar Land Rover is developing while the scrap from the vehicles is sorted into various materials using high-tech sensors by Axion. Once separated, the aluminium scrap is melted and reformed.

When operating at full capacity, REALITY is expected to reduce the CO2 impact of production while reducing the amount of virgin aluminium required to produce vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover has already reduced its global vehicle manufacturing operating CO2 by 46 per cent per vehicle and remains committed to an ongoing decarbonisation process.

The pioneering project, co-funded by Innovate UK, is helping Jaguar Land Rover extend its closed loop aluminium economy. Between September 2013 and January 2019, around 300,000 tonnes of closed-loop scrap have been processed back into the brand’s lightweight aluminium intensive architecture, across all vehicle lines including XE.

In 2014, Jaguar XE was the first vehicle in the world to use aluminium alloy grade RC5754 for its body panels, which contains up to 75 per cent recycled aluminium. Half of the XE body structure is made of aluminium alloy grades that contain an important amount of recycled aluminium content – made possible by a closed-loop manufacturing system at our UK and Slovakia facilities.

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