Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN
Lot 19
1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon

Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly; the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally
Sold for £ 189,660 (US$ 238,739) inc. premium

Lot Details
Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly;  the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally,1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon  Chassis no. S-971263DN
Offered by order of the creditors of the late Terence J O'Reilly; the ex-Brown/Snusher/Arnold, 1958 Monte Carlo Rally
1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre Sports Saloon
Registration no. 4938 VW
Chassis no. S-971263DN
*Matching chassis and engine numbers
*Extensive in-period and modern racing history
*Exceptionally original
*Eligible for the Goodwood Revival and many other prestigious events

Footnotes

  • Launched in 1955, the Mk1 extended Jaguar's domination of the high-performance car market in Britain, slotting neatly into the Coventry firm's range alongside the big MkVIIM saloon and the XK140 sports car. The medium size newcomer broke new ground for Jaguar, being its first model to employ unitary construction of the chassis/body. Jaguar's engineers were understandably cautious in their approach, making the bodyshell stronger than in fact it needed to be and employing rubber mountings just about everywhere to insulate occupants from vibration and noise. The Mk1 was released with a new, short stroke, 2.4-litre version of the proven XK 'six', but demands for more power, especially from American customers, prompted the introduction of the 3.4-litre version early in 1957. With 190bhp on tap the 3.4-litre Mk1 was good for a top speed of 120mph and could reach 60mph in nine seconds, though if used to the full this greatly improved performance severely taxed the drum brakes. All-round disc brakes were hurriedly announced as an option, becoming an almost universal fitting thereafter. The Mk1 was progressively updated throughout its life before a wholesale revision of the basic design saw it re-launched as the Mk2 in October 1959.

    Needless to say, Jaguar's new sports saloon was soon being raced and rallied. There was no direct works involvement in rallying the Mk1, though that did not stop privateers from having ago, most notably the Morley twins, whose 3.4-litre won the Tulip Rally outright in 1959. The car offered here was ordered new by Essex-based garage owner Frank Brown, who wanted to compete in the Monte Carlo Rally, which Jaguar had won outright in 1956 with the MkVIIM. Supplied via R P Powell Motors Ltd, his car came equipped with the optional overdrive, disc brakes, wire wheels, and lead-bronze bottom-end bearing shells. The Mk1 was made available at a generous discount of 12½% (see copy invoice on file).

    Completed on 26th September 1957, the Jaguar was registered with Brown's personal plate 'FWB 1', and in January 1958 set off for France carrying competitor number '258'. Brown's co-drivers were Edwin J Snusher and Graham Arnold. Sadly, the trio did not finish the rally, being forced to retire after an off-road excursion damaged the front suspension. Brown continued to compete with the Jaguar in hill climbs and sprints throughout 1959 and then sold the car to Snusher, who entered it the 1960 Monte Carlo and Tulip Rallies. However, the car was not registered in his name until 1962 when the current registration, '4938 VW', was issued (see copy of the original logbook on file). Snusher also used the Jaguar to tow his home-built Coventry Climax-engined sports-racer (the EJS Special), hence the two tow-bar grommets on the rear bumper.

    The original logbook shows licensing up to 1967/68, after which the car appears to have remained in storage until Snusher sold it to well-known historic racer and Goodwood Revival regular, John Young, in 1982, complete with all of its special rallying accessories, spare sills, and a vast amount of history. Intending to compete in historic races, Young had the car repainted and overhauled, entrusting the mechanicals to Swallow Engineering; had the cylinder head gas-flowed, and mildly upgraded the brakes and rear suspension. Young raced, rallied, and used the Jaguar as a daily driver for a few years before parting with it in a deal that saw the car go to a Japanese collector.

    After some 20 years in Japan, and following its owner's death, '4938 VW' was back in the UK and for sale at auction, where it was purchased for a second time by John Young. The car appeared to have seen little use over the intervening period, though the interior had deteriorated somewhat and all the history had gone missing. Fortunately, the many original rallying modifications were still present. After mild refreshment, new Dunlop racing tyres, and the installation of a less noisy exhaust (required for Goodwood), the Jaguar was ready to resume its competition career. In the modern era, it has raced at the Nürburgring, Spa Francorchamps, Zandvoort, Snetterton, Castle Coombe, Donington Park, Silverstone, and Brands Hatch.
    While back in John Young's possession, '4938 VW' was tested at Goodwood by Octane magazine's Mark Hales, a copy of whose article is on file. In 2012 Young sold the Jaguar to JD Classics, who sold it to the late Terence O'Reilly in 2013.

    Unlike so many old racers, which have been rebuilt and upgraded over the years, often more than once, this historic Jaguar saloon remains remarkably original, its body never having been apart. Eligible for some of the world's most prestigious motor sports events, this remarkable competition car has a wonderful history and a delightful patina.

Saleroom notices

  • We can confirm that this Car has recently benefitted from servicing, preparation and general maintenance by JD Classics.
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