A classic Mk1 Jaguar has gone on the market and it’s ready and raring to race.
Kent-based historic motorsport specialist DM Historics is selling the fully FIA-qualified example of one of the most-loved Jaguars ever built.
The Mk1 Jaguar spearheaded the Coventry car maker’s foray into the small luxury car market, and was produced between 1955 and 1959.
This particular Mk1, which originally rolled off the production line at Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory in Coventry, is described as a “stunning” 1959 example.
It also comes with a proven competitive track record in prestigious motoring events.
It is on the market for £85,000.
First prepared for the track in the 1990s by its owner at the time, it was treated to a full race conversion enabling it to compete at the highest competitive level on the historic racing scene.
The story of this vehicle gets even more special under the ownership of historic driver Leo Voyazides. In partnership with Win Percy – British Saloon Car Championship winner in 1980, 81 and 82 – this Mk1 was driven to pole position at the 2002 Goodwood Revival.
Win Percy’s legacy continued beyond his pole in 2002, after close friend, Leo Voyazides, launched a fundraising campaign for Percy after a tragic medical error left him unable to walk in 2003.
Voyazides with the help of HRDC Founder, Julius Thurgood, launched the Top Hat Win Percy Fund, raising enough money to custom fit the Mk1 with hand controls, allowing the saloon car champion to get back on the track at the 2004 Goodwood Revival.
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Purchased by an avid historic racing enthusiast in 2014, the car was recommissioned to full racing standards, removing the previously installed hand controls and undertaking a full race engine rebuild.
The aim was to further increase its competitiveness on the track and the Mk1 has performed admirably at Jaguar Heritage Challenge events across Europe.
Rebuilt by Rob Beere, the 3.4-litre engine is capable of producing up to 300bhp and when paired with its straight cut close-ratio gearbox, competition clutch and uprated braking system, delivers maximum performance and exceptional handling.
Finished in classic British Racing Green, DM Historics say the Mk1 remains in a highly presentable condition for a well-tracked veteran.
In accordance with FIA regulations, the Corbeau racing seat is pinned in by a Sparco 6-point harness. Completing the interior and giving a fantastic ‘green over red’ look, is a heritage correct red trim and period-correct wood veneered dash and fascia.
Complete with FIA racing papers valid until 2026, it has been expertly engineered specifically with historic racing in mind, appearing at countless Jaguar and Touring car events across Europe and the UK, offering eligibility to such events as Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic, Spa Six Hours and other HRDC & HSCC historic challenges .