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Jaguar XJ220 prototype

A ‘no reserve’ Jaguar XJ220 prototype will headline H&H’s 24 July sale at its favoured Buxton location. The car, which has the chassis number oo2, is an interesting piece of Jaguar history – establishing a number of developmental milestones during the XJ220’s passage from prototype to production.

This cae was one of five prototypes assembled under the watchful eyes of project manager Mike Moreton and chief design engineer Richard Owen. Fabricated by Abbey Panels, the first two were not only smaller than their successors but also featured radically different A-posts. As an ex-March, Shadow and Williams F1 designer Owen was keen that the prototypes be put through their paces by Silk Cut Jaguar/TWR Racing drivers including Andy Wallace, John Neilsen and David Leslie.

Completed on 7 September 1990 and often driven by Le Mans winner Andy Wallace, the car for sale has been cited in various Jaguar press releases as being responsible for two XJ220 developmental milestones: in September 1990 Prototype 002 achieved 186mph at the Bruntingthorpe circuit. The following month the same car successfully completed 24 hour durability tests at the Millbrook proving ground.

Doubtless inspired by the Jaguar XJ220C that took GT class honours at the 1993 Le Mans 24-hours, Allen Lloyd (of Lloyd’s chemists), Richard Hassan (son of legendary engineer Walter Hassan) and Tom Priestnall (of restorer/race preparer Renascence Cars) formed LHP Racing with a view to fielding a team of cars in selected BPR GT and BRDC GT events not to mention the 1995 Le Mans 24-hours. Richard Hassan negotiated the purchase of two XJ220s from Jaguar: Prototype 002 and a later production specification car that had been crashed on a demo run at Goodwood.

Sadly, the hoped for sponsorship money was not forthcoming and Allen Lloyd soon distanced himself from the stillborn project. The damaged car was subsequently broken for spares and 002 put into storage at Renascence Cars which is a pity because it may have had quite some potential as a racer. Some 18cms shorter, 15cms narrower and circa 180kg lighter than its production siblings, the Prototype also had the advantage of a twin-turbo Heidegger V6 race engine (closely related to the unit in TWR’s XJR-11 Group C cars). Variously described as being of 3.2-litre or 3.5-litre capacity and allied to a five-speed FF Developments transaxle, the compact powerplant was set-up to come on song at 4000rpm and had considerable tuning potential.

Tom Priestnall’s sale of 002 to American collecto  restorer Anthony Parkinson without Richard Hassan’s knowledge prompted a lengthy legal battle that ran from 1999-2005. The upside of the litigation being (i) a letter from C.G. Vacy-Ash Esq – Director of Legal Affairs for Jaguar Cars Ltd – stating that ‘we claim no interest in this vehicle’ and (ii) inspection reports from both Robert Loades of Abbey Panels and Jim Randle which support the car’s true identity / provenance. Sold on with clear title after the High Court’s final ruling, 002 has been in the current ownership since November 2007.

Entrusted to renowned marque specialist J.D. Classics a year later, the Jaguar was extensively recommissioned with attention being paid to its engine, gearbox, suspension, brakes and electrics etc. Documented via numerous photographs, the work took 791 man hours and £69,690.05 to complete. Road registered with the assistance of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust during late May 2009, the Prototype has been the subject of feature articles in Jaguar World and Classic & Sportscar magazines (the latter due to appear soon).

Highly original, 002 boasts the same chassis, red livery, engine/gearbox, dashboard, Betron Foray seats and Dymo labelling with which it ended its testing duties. An important part of the Jaguar XJ220 story, this unique prototype (001 was crash tested and then recycled into the Ford GT90 Concept car) is offered for sale with large history file, V5C Registration Document and MoT certificate valid until June 2013.

More information at www.handh.co.uk

Keith Adams

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11 Comments

  1. The van you’re thinking of was used as a testbed for the engine by TWR, and I would imagine, the XJ220 running gear.
    There’s a difference between a test mule and a prototype.

    The TWR Transit ended up at GoodWood, where it is today and while it does go for the odd blast up the hill it’s sometimes used as a site maintenance vehicle!

  2. No the van is owned by Don Law Jaguar. I used to work near their old workshop in Stoke and it was often parked outside or used to drive to the shops. They’ve since moved but they still had it last year when I spoke to Justin Law at Goodwood. Don Law Jaguar are the XJ220 people and pretty much bought TWR and the available parts.

  3. Part of Jaguar history but what a hideous machine the XJ220 was/ is. Not in the spirit of Jaguar at all. Just shows the wrong direction the company where heading in at the time.
    Thank goodness they have got things spot on now.

  4. @5,The worlds fastest car at the time of launch,loose engine lineage to the 6R4 it was a car of its time only expensive because of recession. Its an important car and with its interesting provenance i hope it gets a good home.

    These cars are now recession proof investments.

  5. @5 – The XJ220 always seemed a bit “fake” to my eyes, especially compared to the purposeful XJR-15. That was a proper race-bred supercar, equipped with Jaguar’s best V12 at the time and closely derived from a Jag/TWR endurance racer.

    And speaking of Jaguar hypercar prototypes, the blogpost title called to mind the recent unveiling of the C-X75 prototype. It makes you think of how far Jaguar has come since the XJ220.

    The C-X75 is by far the most desirable car in existence, I’d say. It pushes the boundaries in a way the compromised XJ220 never could. Between that and the new range of McLaren supercars, it’s a good time to be rooting for British cars. Shame the Jag will never be attainable, but if the technology in the prototype finds its way into some future Tesla-killer, it may be worth it.

  6. @7 Yes I totally agree it was a car of its time and an important and interesting car. I just don’t think it is in the spirit of Jaguar. Thinking about it…if it was (for example) a Ferrari (or similar) then I would “get it” more. Hope you catch my drift!

  7. I take back my comment that the XJ220 is hideous. Perhaps I had a bad day. Today I think it looks alright. However, to me it still does not look like a Jaguar.

  8. @9,I know what you mean,but this car can be compared to racing XK’s of old, in their day they was a revelation,pioneering aerodynamics,real giant killers.

    Jesus! was the first thing i said when i saw this car years ago, when we had XJ40’s that was leaking and had electrical nightmares!

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