1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220
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1991 Jaguar XJR-15
£350,000 - 450,000
US$ 450,000 - 580,000

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1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220 1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220 1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220 1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220 1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220 1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220 1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220 1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220 1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220 1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220 1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220 1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220 1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220 1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220 1991 Jaguar XJR-15  Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220
1991 Jaguar XJR-15
Registration no. J980 BAR
Chassis no. SABTVR03598317220
*One of only 50 made
*Directly descended from the Le Mans-winning XJR-9 and XJR-12
*Sold new to Japan
*Known ownership history
*Offered from long-term dry storage
*Requires re-commissioning

Footnotes

  • 'In the canon of supercar culture, the XJR-15 has reached near mythical status, largely off the back of its unparalleled beauty and racing lineage. That, and the popular belief that it was the car Jaguar should have built instead of the corpulent XJ220...' – Classic & Sports Car.

    The limited-edition road-going XJ220 supercar introduced in the early 1990s set new performance standards for Jaguar, but the fact that it was powered by a turbo-charged V6 and not Jaguar's own V12 disappointed some. For this reason many Jaguar enthusiasts consider the even more exclusive V12-powered XJR-15 produced by Tom Walkinshaw's JaguarSport organisation to be the charismatic Coventry marque's ultimate expression.

    Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) built its endurance racing reputation through the 1980s with a succession of Jaguar XJR Coupés, before the foundation of the JaguarSport supercar-building organisation and the development of the XJ-220 and XJR-15 Coupés. TWR's prototype Group C endurance racer was the Tony Southgate-designed, carbon-composite chassis XJR-6 of 1985-86, which the team campaigned with 6.2 and later 6.5-litre V12 engines. The Silverstone 1,000kms on 5th May 1986 provided the XJR-6's maiden victory and marked the start of a new era of Jaguar endurance racing success.

    The chassis was re-worked incorporating numerous detail changes to create the 7.0-litre V12-powered XJR-8 of 1987, with which the team achieved eight World Sports Prototype Championship race wins from ten starts that season, TWR-Jaguar becoming the Championship-winning team and Raoul Boesel Jaguar's first World Champion Driver.

    An up-dated XJR-9, still using the same basic monocoque, won the Le Mans 24-Hours Race in 1988 and added five other Championship victories that season, thus achieving back-to back Team Championship successes for TWR-Jaguar and bringing Martin Brundle the Drivers' Championship in the category.

    In American IMSA-GTP competition, 6.0-litre XJR-9s won the Daytona 24-Hours and at Del Mar and Tampa, while for 1989-90 a completely new composite-chassis XJR-10 with 3.0-litre twin-turbo-charged V6 engine won four times. The World Championship Group C version of the design - the XJR-11 - was powered by a 3.5-litre engine, winning at Silverstone in 1990, while a special endurance racing V12-powered XJR-12 was built for Daytona and Le Mans in 1990/1991. Using a 6.0-litre V12, these cars finished 1, 2 on their debut at Daytona in 1990 and a 7.0-litre version secured Jaguar's remarkable seventh victory at Le Mans that same year.

    It was during the 1991 season that Walkinshaw commenced manufacture of the strictly limited edition batch of 50 of these outstandingly beautiful XJR-15 6.0-litre V12-engined high performance coupés, like the one offered here, of which fewer than half were prepared for circuit racing. Although derived from the XJR-9 and XJR-12 Le Mans winners, the XJR-15 was completely re-engineered for road use and featured bodywork by Peter Stevens, an outstanding stylist responsible for many of the most exciting sports cars of recent years including the McLaren F1, Lamborghini Diablo and Lotus Esprit. To promote the car, a batch of 16 XJR-15s was built to racing specification for the 1991 Intercontinental Challenge, a three-race series supporting Formula 1 Grands Prix, each of which commanded a purse of $1 million.

    The example offered here, chassis number '016', was delivered new to a private owner in Japan, who later sold it to Philippe Olczyk. Mr Olczyk brought the car back to Europe and then (circa 1998) traded it to M C Wilkinson Ltd of Doncaster, from whom it was purchased by the current owner in August 2000.

    In 1999, the car had received UK Type Approval, and was issued with the chassis number 'SABTVRO3598317220' by the DVLA. Don Law had serviced it in September 1998 (bill on file), while new brake pads were fitted in 2001. Classic & Sports Car magazine featured the Jaguar in its December 2001 edition (copy available), following which the car was placed in barn storage - started and turned over regularly - where it remained until removed by Bonhams in June 2017. The XJR has also featured in the Jaguar Cars Ltd calendar and Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club magazine.

    '016' has not been used actively for many years and will require specialist re-commissioning before it returns to the road, including clutch plate adjustment, draining of stale fuel, and replacement of wiring to the offside headlights (ex-works loom supplied). Accompanying documentation consists of sundry bills and a V5C Registration certificate, and the car also comes with a copy of the XJR-15 operator's manual, and its original key and key ring. In addition, numerous boxes of virtually unobtainable small spares are included in the sale together with an engine cover, induction cowl, wheel nut remover, and JaguarSport intercom headphones.

    'A sensational car on the road,' recalls the vendor, 'especially double de-clutching down through the gears blipping the throttle! This engine has one of the finest soundtracks on earth. Just starting it up has to be savoured!' Clearly, the next owner is in for a real treat.

    Finished in its original blue metallic paintwork with grey leather interior, '016' represents a rare opportunity for the discerning collector to acquire one of the most beautiful and rare supercars of recent times, descended directly for a famous Le Mans winner.
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