I totally believe we know the truth about the identities of the 1984-built TWR XJ-Ss more than any other authority, and now one of those three cars also raced in 1985 is being offered for sale in the UK by JD Classics. We knew this car at Bathurst because we were established as a magazine and reported from the TWR JRA Jaguar pits.
Most of those four 1984 TWR XJ-Ss today are now known by the wrong ID plates, but not this one. It is chassis 005 and has been owned for several decades by UK fine car sales and service business JD Classics.
According to what has just been published:
“One of the TWR-Jaguar works cars contended during the 1984 racing season, driven by Win Percy and Chuck Nicholson, this big cat holds the claim as Chassis No.5. This may not mean much to those unaware of the TWR heritage, but No.5 is the newest of all the works cars, having been finished in mid-September that year, replacing the XJ-S written off by Nicholson at the Silverstone Tourist Trophy a month before.
“It debuted for the 3.5 hour race at Zolder – held on September 23, 1984. It was during this race that Tom Walkinshaw secured the Championship with a sister car, taking 3rd place.
“The next appearance for No.5 occurred on October 25, racing at Mugello with Martin Brundle at the helm.
“For 1985, the Jaguar was shipped to Australia to form a three-car TWR team, racing at Bathurst’s renowned Mount Panorama circuit. It was here that Jeff Allam and Ron Dickson appeared poised to claim a podium finish, until damage to the inlet system, apparently caused by broken headlamp glass (untrue – Jaguar Magazine), sent them down the order (Jaguar Magazine – that is, out on lap three) …
“Chassis No.5 then tore up the tarmac in Fuji for the All Japan Touring Car Championship. By now Win Percy had become the de facto lead driver, but Tom Walkinshaw himself also took position as driver for the tyre abusing mayhem. Percy and Walkinshaw were then paired with the XJ-S for the first round of the New Zealand Group A Saloon Championship in 1987.
“Round two was undertaken at Pukekohe on February 1 and, in what would turn out to be the last race for the TWR XJ-S competition vehicles, Percy and Armin Hahne charged into 2nd place.
“Sound good? We certainly performed a double take upon finding its glorious bulk on the JD Classics showroom floor. Now offered fully prepared for the next racing season and mated to a monumental history file, this is an incredibly rare opportunity to get your hands on the last TWR-Jaguar works XJ-S. The final one to be campaigned in period, this Jaguar would make for the perfect classic to fill that empty void in your garage and your heart.”
No, it is not Mike Roddy’s precious Spa and Bathurst winner which is the most untouched TWR XJ-S of any.
To assist those interested in history, Mike has the car known as 004 (sic), Allen Lloyd has 006 (sic) and Jaguar owns 007.
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