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1990 Jaguar XJR-12

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Please note this car is now sold.
Please note this car has recently sold.
  • chassis number:  J12-C-190
  • V12 7.4 litre 700 bhp engine
  • clear history from new
  • led Jaguar Racing’s final sportscar race, the 1993 Daytona 24 Hours
  • on the button and ready to go

Chassis J12-C-190 was a stalwart of the Jaguar Racing team, first appearing at Le Mans 1990 (which the team won) and then subsequently at Daytona and Sebring in 1991 and finally Daytona 1993.

Chassis J12-C-190 was built new for Le Mans 1990.  Qualifying was not a priority for Jaguar as they prepared for the race but 190 was the fastest of the Jaguars, lining up 7th on the grid.  190 was also the camera car for the race and this produced some fabulous footage throughout the weekend.

The chicanes on the Mulsanne straight were new for 1990 and this perhaps contributed to the brake problems that the car encountered, as well as bad handling caused by a broken nose box.  Fixed for the night, the car was back in the pits at 8.45 on Sunday morning for more repairs to the nose and brakes.  After more stops, the car was retired with engine problems shortly after midday.

The car subsequently ran at Daytona and Sebring in 1991, before being returned to use at Daytona 1993, its best race by far.  In this, the final race for Jaguar Racing, 190 had a huge race with the AAR Toyota Eagle, taking the lead six times and leading 76 laps in total.  Sadly the car retired from a huge lead with a broken valve spring with just 80 laps to go.

The car then entered the TWR Museum before being bought by a private collector.  The current owner bought the car at the end of 2015 and had her comprehensively serviced by expert historic race team Moto Historics during 2016.

Since then, the car has run at historic meetings as follows:

April:  Jarama Classic
May:  Spa Classic
July:  Silverstone Classic

All races were rounds of the Group C Racing series, run by Peter Auto.  The owner also has an XJR-9 which he has raced extensively.

The car was also shaken down in a test at Brands Hatch in March 2017 and then run at a track day at Donington in 2017, when she was driven by Dario Franchitti, amongst others.

The car is now available with a minimum of 12 hours’ running time left on the engine, which has recently been inspected.  It comes with a spare set of wheels and up to data lifing and engine mileage data.

A full new crack test on all the major components will be provided at no expense as the last test was undertaken more than two years ago.

Surprisingly cost-effective to run, comfortable to drive and eligible for all the most prestigious meetings, chassis 190 is ready to roar again.
Surprisingly cost-effective to run, comfortable to drive and eligible for all the most prestigious meetings, chassis 190 is ready to roar again.
Our thoughts

Group C racing, and its IMSA GTP relative, were really a high watermark of endurance racing for a decade of fans.  Coming at the same time as ‘Mansell Mania’, the success of Jaguar’s Big Cats at Le Mans, and worldwide, struck a patriotic chord that many fans still feel today.

Opportunities to buy V12-engined, Silk Cut-liveried Jaguar Group C cars are few and far between.  This car has the unique distinction of a clear and successful history and is presented absolutely ‘on the button’ and ready to go, from a collection that is without doubt one of the best in the world.

Surprisingly cost-effective to run, comfortable to drive and eligible for all the most prestigious meetings, chassis 190 is ready to roar again.

Please note this car is now sold.
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