Bonhams Auctions Paolo Gucci’s 1987 Jaguar XJS Lynx Eventer V12
Gucci edition cars aren’t the type to spike blood pressure levels of most automotive enthusiasts, but this Lynx Eventer Jaguar XJS V12 that just sold at Bonhams sure does. The plan for this car was hatched during the late 1980s by Paolo Gucci, who was dreaming of adding a Gucci-edition car with matching luggage to the Gucci product catalog. Paolo contracted Lynx Eventer for a limited production run of 20 vehicles to meet his custom design specifications. This exact model was recently fully-restored by the original craftsmen, which may be a big reason why Bonhams just auctioned the car above market value for £84,380 (US$ 111,272).
Paolo’s plan didn’t exactly work, as far as the product catalog goes. The story goes that Paolo never received authorization from the Gucci company and their legal staff to use their name and branding with the project. It caused Paolo to can the project soon after going public. So this one-off Eventer is definitely a collector’s item, and likely well worth the investment.
Paolo left the coachbuilding, suspension, and engine work up to the specialists at Lynx, as he focused on designing a Gucci-worthy cabin. Lynx, as you may know, doctors the Jaguar XJS by extending the roof, adding a tailgate, and repositioning the rear seats and gas tank to achieve the shooting brake physique while not adding much weight. After reshaping the coach, Lynx retooled the cabin with Gucci-chosen, exclusive materials such as Italian calfskin, crocodile skin, Alcantara suede, lacquered burl elm wood, and hand-stitched leather. The steering and gearing are blinged-out with semi-precious lapis lazuli blue stones that match the brilliant blue interior.
So what do you think: was this a steal?
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