Incredible Le Mans Winning Jaguar XJ220C Racer Heads to Auction

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Jaguar XJ220C

This very XJ220C is the last Jaguar to ever claim victory at Le Mans. And now it’s up for grabs on December 1.

Believe it or not, it’s been a full 25 years since Jaguar last tasted victory at the legendary Le Mans endurance race. It was way back in 1993 when this Jaguar XJ220C, piloted by David Coulthard, David Brabham, and John Nielsen took home a GT class victory at the historic race. And then, chassis #002 was immediately retired. It was the last time Jaguar tasted victory at Le Mans. Making this a very important slice of the brand’s history. And now, this incredible car is set to cross the block at Bonham’s Bond Street Sale on December 1.

The unique Tom Walkinshaw Racing team Jaguar XJ220C “Lightweight” is just one of four such cars ever built, too. All four were prepped to FIA/IMSA Le Mans specifications in just a matter of months. But amazingly, the cars immediately set some blazing fast lap times during testing. In fact, the two cars shipped over recorded the first and second fastest times of any GT car in attendance.

Jaguar XJ220C

The competition version of the XJ220 features body panels and various interior pieces constructed from carbon composite instead of aluminum. Power comes from a high strung 4-cam twin-turbocharged V6 restricted to 500 hp. The racer also makes use of unique suspension geometry and larger brakes and radiator. And of course, unique tires and an upgraded lubrication system.

It was, to put it bluntly, a Jaguar XJ220 on steroids. And now, this incredible slice of motorsports history is going to land in some lucky person’s garage. With an auction estimate of $2.8-$3.6 million, it obviously won’t come cheap. But isn’t it worth the lofty price of admission just to be able to say you own a Le Mans winning Jaguar?

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

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