This issue’s cover story concerns the controversial Jaguar XJ220. Once the world’s fastest production car, its value over the years has gone from c.£470,000 to £80,000 and back again, and at the height of its much chronicled problems caused JaguarSport to issue writs against some 140 of its own customers.
The offer was immediately way over-subscribed and deposits of £50,000 were reputedly submitted by no less than 1,500 would-be buyers.
|Cover Price: Free|
|Page Count: 20 pages|
|Subject: Cars, Motorsport, People|
|Format: Digital (pdf)|
|Publisher: British Motor Heritage|
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Motoring Classics Spring 2020
This issue’s cover story concerns the controversial Jaguar XJ220. Once the world’s fastest production car, its value over the years has gone from c.£470,000 to £80,000 and back again, and at the height of its much chronicled problems caused JaguarSport to issue writs against some 140 of its own customers. Thanks to Don Law Racing, who acquired all the tooling and spares back in 2007, the model remains fully catered for and all c.280 examples made are thought to exist to this day. We look beneath the fur at this extraordinary cat, which is finally getting the recognition it arguably deserved nearly 30 years ago.
Washing and polishing one’s automotive pride and joy is one of the basic pleasures of ownership, but these days the science of car care has progressed way beyond the scope of the average private owner, increasing numbers of whom are entrusting the embellishment and protection of their steeds to the rapidly growing army of professional ‘detailers’. We visited two very different such establishments to ascertain what’s involved and precisely what you get for your money.
Motorsport photography is a highly skilled art that’s grown in tandem with the sport itself. It seems fair to assume that if you enjoy watching motor racing then you gain pleasure from studying images of the pastime. In which case you need to know about the Swift Gallery, whose 1,200-plus professional shots from the hands of top photographers chronicle Grand Prix and sports car racing from the era of the stuttering pioneers right through to the current day. Read our report on this truly unique collection.
Our Missing Moniker on this occasion is Buckler, a marque that opened its doors in 1947 and gave many post-war enthusiasts a very cost-effective entrée into the world of club motorsport, while our Classic Character is Antony Noghès, the Monégasque who made not one but three lasting contributions to global racing and rallying. Last, but certainly not least, we bring you the latest news from British Motor Heritage and a preview of the Managing Director’s upcoming racing season.
Gordon Bruce, Editor
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