24 Hours of Daytona race, Jaguar XJR-9 Race Car Auctions
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Recently it was announced that the victorious 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 race car will be coming to the auction block hosted by RM Auctions at the lavish Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Florida on March 14, 2015.
A prototype racing car built by the British automotive manufacturer Jaguar for the purpose of being used in the highest level categories of sports auto racing, the iconic Jaguar XJR-9 made its debut at the famous 24-hour car endurance race ” 24 Hours of Daytona” (now renamed the ”Rolex 24 at Daytona”) in Daytona Beach, Florida back in 1988. In addition to taking the overall win at the 1988 Daytona race, the Jaguar XJR-9 racing car featuring a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout was campaigned for two glorious seasons in 1988 and 1989, achieving four podium finishes and never finishing outside the top seven. This impressive accomplishment helped the Jaguar team to secure the third place in the IMSA GT Championship and to stamp its authority in IMSA and Group C racing alike. In the World Sportscar Championship, the Jaguar XJR-9 took six victories during the 1988 season, including a podium finish at Sebring and the prestigious ”24 Hours of Le Mans” race.
Recently it was announced that the victorious 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 race car will be coming to the auction block hosted by RM Auctions at the lavish Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Florida on March 14, 2015. Headquartered in Ontario, Canada and with offices across the US, UK and Germany, RM Auctions is one of the most renowned and successful car auction companies in the world, specializing in classic, rare and limited edition collectible cars. Founded by Rob Myers in 1991, RM Auctions holds several world records for the most expensive cars sold in auction through the bidding process, including for the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa which was sold to a car collector for $12,402,500 in Maranello, Italy, back in 2009.
The Jaguar XJR-9 racing car is one of only three sports cars built by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) specifically for the 1988 IMSA Camel GT Championship and the sole surviving original of just two XJR-9 chassis # 388 ever manufactured as purpose-built to the IMSA specifications. Designed by Tony Southgate, the legendary Jaguar XJR-9 is an automotive masterpiece that masterfully combines impressive engineering and aerodynamic lines, exquisite design and exceptional performance. The Jaguar XJR-9 chassis was utilized for the development of the R9R prototype which by 1990 had evolved into the Jaguar XJR-15 spec-racer and supercar.
The rare and coveted Jaguar XJR-9 racing car is propelled by the Jaguar 7.0-liter V 12 engine, based on the production 5.3-liter engine which is incorporated in the Jaguar XJ-S roadster. This massive V12 engine propels the race car to a mindblowing 240 mph. By the start of the 1990 season, the rare sports racing car chassis no. 388 was developed into XJR-12 specs and it went on to achieve a pinnacle in Jaguar’s celebrated and rich endurance racing history, winning the ”24 Hours of Daytona”, the headline event of the season, with Jan Lammers, Andy Wallace and Davey Jones behind the wheel.
The victorious 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 race car chassis no. 388 will be among the 80 hand-picked, superb vehicles which are set to cross the auction block at the upcoming RM Auctions Amelia Island sale next year. This auction is limited to consignors, registered bidders and qualified media. Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Auctions Europe has stated that ”its offering is made all the more special given that 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of its win at Daytona”. With its breathtaking oceanfront lawns, the fabulous Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island provides a stunning backdrop for the world’s finest auction cars.
RM Auctions hosted their very first Amelia Island auction back in 1999 and since then, RM Auctions has been the official auction company and main sponsor of the prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which showcases historic, and rare vehicles of all eras. Earlier this year, the classic 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo roadster sold for $6.6 million, becoming the most valuable car in RM Auctions Amelia Island auction history.