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1981 Jaguar XJR-4 Trans Am Group 44 Race Car

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Transmission: JERICO
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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 15th-17th at Russo and Steele''s 13th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information Following Group 44’s 1975 SCCA B-Production National Championship and back-to-back Trans-Am championships in 1977 and 1978, Jaguar commissioned a new XJS “silhouette” car to be built and campaigned by Group 44 for the 1981 Trans-Am series. Unlike its forebears, the new XJR-4 was a purpose-built, fully tube-framed car with fabrication directed by “Lanky” Foushee and a race-prepped Jaguar V-12 powering it. During the hard-fought 1981 Trans-Am season, Bob Tullius put the XJR-4 onto the podium in second at the car’s first race at Charlotte. Three outright victories were scored at Portland, Brainerd, and Mosport. Just two points separated Tullius and the XJR-4 from the Championship. Next, the XJR-4 was entered by Group 44 into the 24 Hours of Daytona, a moment in time foreshadowing Jaguar’s eventual full-scale return to international endurance racing. Deemed too radical for GTO, the XJR-4 was moved up into GTP-GTX, pitting it against far faster prototypes and effectively putting XJR-4 out of contention for victory. Nonetheless, Tullius and tire sponsor Goodyear used the race as an endurance test for Goodyear’s new Wingfoot performance tires (shaved for racing) during the race. The XJR-4 and its drivers Bob Tullius, Canada’s Bill Adam, and Gordon Smiley acquitted themselves well, with the car going the full 24 hours and becoming famous as the “World’s Fastest XJS” for hitting 194.46 mph at Daytona – on street tires no less! Next, the XJR-4 was sponsored by Intermedics and intended for Gordon Smiley to drive in the 1982 Trans-Am series. Following Smiley’s tragic death during practice at Indianapolis, Tullius drove the XJR-4 in its last Trans-Am start at the first race at Road Atlanta. The XJR-4 ran next at the 1984 Sebring 12 Hours with John McComb and Paul Pettey driving but the car was classified DNF due to an accident. Rebuilt in time for the Lime Rock IMSA GTO race just two months later, Pettey qualified and finished with the car in sixth. By this time, Tullius and Group 44 were fully immersed in the XJR-5 prototypes, which the team campaigned at Le Mans and achieved 13th overall with it in 1985. The XJR-4 was used as a testbed to probe the limits of Jaguar’s V-12 racing engines, and then Bob Tullius sold the XJR-4 to Paul Pettey, who retired the car to storage. Following Pettey’s death in 1997, the XJR-4 was purchased by former SVRA Owner/President Howard Turner and featured in the May 2005 edition of Classic Motorsports. That summer, it was acquired by long-time father-and-son Jaguar racers Andrew and Steve Moore of Ontario, Canada. Under the Moores, the XJR-4 was refinished and comprehensively race-prepped. As such, it has been carefully maintained and enthusiastically raced by them in Historic Trans Am/IMSA with HSR, SVRA, and Canada’s VARAC. In addition to several entries at the US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, the Moores and their famous Jaguar participated in the Group 44 Reunion at the 2009 HSR Walter Mitty Challenge at Road Atlanta. As recently related by Steve Moore, the XJR-4 is remarkably nice and stable to drive and while 170 mph has been easily attained on longer tracks, plenty more remains in reserve. “On the button” and ready to race with 589 dyno-tested horsepower on tap, XJR-4 is a consistent crowd pleaser and a highly competitive vintage-racing entry. Complete with period and current logbooks, racing set-up sheets completed by “Lanky” Foushee from its Group 44 racing days, and an impressive supply of spares and memorabilia, this “one of one” XJR-4 represents a truly historic and irreplaceable link to Jaguar’s eventual return to Le Mans and victory there in 1988 and 1990.THIS RACECAR IS SOLD ON BILL OF SALE

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