1976 American privateer Bob Tullius and his Group 44 organisation was a loyal proponent of British Leyland, having already raced Austin Healeys, MGs and Triumphs before switching to a Jaguar E-Type in 1974. He convinced Jaguar to create a competition version of the company's new V12 engine, which he continued to use well into the 1980s, bringing Jaguar back to Le Mans in the process. Among the most successful Group 44 Jaguars was the XJ-S campaigned during the 1978 season. It had big shoes to fill as Tullius had won the 1977 Category 1 title of the Trans-Am championship from a Porsche 911.
The sport's governing body were not too happy with two European cars dominating their championship and for 1978 the regulations were changed to suit the domestic Chevrolet Corvette. Jaguar did their part by supplying a brand new XJ-S body-shell, which had been acid dipped to make it as light as possible. Upon arrival in the Group 44 workshop, the shell was turned into a rolling chassis by Brian Fuerstenau and Lawton Foushee. Following the regulations, they equipped the car with stock suspension adapted to suit the massive Goodyear tyres that were fitted on all four corners. Power came from the latest development of the SOHC Jaguar V12, which was run with carburettors as the fuel injection fitted on the road cars was unsuitable for use on the track.
Between the 1977 and 1978 seasons, the camshafts and heads were modified to bring the power of the 5.3 litre up to a startling 580 bhp at 8,000 rpm from the 525 bhp previously available. The car was liveried in Group 44's familiar Quaker State colours. Group 44's latest racer was ready in time for the first of the Trans-Am championship's ten rounds at Sears Point in California. The odds were not on Tullius' side as he faced three brand new Chevrolet Corvettes on his own. He placed a disappointing ninth but bounced back with a second at Westwood and a third at Portland. The 1978 XJ-S then scored a breakthrough victory at St. Jovite.
With the first victory under his belt, Tullius would continue his winning ways, scoring a remarkable seven victories in a row. After his victory in round eight at Road America, he had earned enough points to successfully defend his driver's title but it would take until his win in round ten in Mexico City before the manufacturer's title for Jaguar was also secured. Tullius raced the car one more time at the IMSA season final in Daytona, where he ran as high as third overall against 935s before a power steering issue dropped him down to nineth.
The 1978 Group 44 XJ-S remains as one of the most successful Jaguar racing cars, scoring more outright victories in a single season than any other chassis in the British manufacturer's long and rich competition history.
Constructed in June 1976 by Bob Tulliusí Group 44 racing team using a new body shell supplied acid-dipped by Jaguar Cars in England. The first of two cars constructed, this one (chassis 001) was built in 1976 and the second car in 1978. The subject of restoration some years ago, this rare and historically important XJ-S is in very good condition and ready to enjoy. Eligible for an enormous number of prestigious display and competitive events around the world.
This is in its original wonderful condition Dark Blue coachwork, with a near unmarked Light Grey Leather interior,
fitted with the burl wood dash & door cappings.
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First Japan registration on the 01/10/89.
Then it was imported and cleared through customs in Germany and imported in Italy in 2011.
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Good general conditions of engine, gearbox and mechanics.
Body conserved, accidents and rust free, original .....
Very low mileage, genuine 53k miles.
Mostly Jag history (15 stamps)- no corners cut.
Well maintained despite low annual mileage.
Recent new OEM radiator, oil cooler, front (sport pack)springs & shocks, all bushes replaced, new door seals and 4x new Pirellis.
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Finished in unmarked Artic Blue
Saville Grey Hide
Complete New Dark Blue Hood
Lovely Unmarked Wood Veneer
54,000 Miles Full Jaguar Service History From New
Owned Since 2003 , Previous Keeper Purchased In 1987
Totally Immaculate Genuine Vehicle
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Absolutely superb 1995 4.0l Later AJ16 model with upgraded performance XJS convertible in breathtaking signal red with flawless cream trim and contrasting tan hood. This vehicle is absolutely astonishing with many Jaguar features such as unmarked polished 5 spoke alloy wheels, .....
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