15th Mar, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

  Lot 30

1966 Jaguar S-Type 3.8 Rally Car
No Reserve

Sold for £4,950

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: HFW 255D
Chassis No: P1B57683BW
MOT: Exempt

  • 1 of just 9,717 right-hand drive S-Type 3.8s made
  • Converted to rally car specification in the early 2000s, before finishing first overall on the 2008 Safari Challenge
  • Purchased by the vendor in 2009 and further competed in H&H Classic Rallies Great South American Challenge 2013
  • Previously starred in the BBC series 'The Underworld'
  • Accompanied by a history file and temptingly offered without reserve

Launched in 1963, the Jaguar S-Type was marketed as more of an 'executive' car than its MkII sibling. Boasting notably superior ride and handling characteristics thanks to the adoption of the independent rear suspension (cribbed from the MkX / E-Type), it also enjoyed a more spacious interior complete with dashboard-mounted walnut centre console. Visually distinguished by its elongated boot, flatter roofline and hooded headlamps, the model was powered by a choice of 3.4 litre (210bhp) or 3.8 litre (220bhp) DOHC straight-six engines allied to either manual or automatic transmission. Maintaining the Coventry manufacturer's reputation for speed, luxury, and mechanical refinement, the S-Type remained in production until 1968 by which time approximately 25,000 had been sold (10,000 3.4s Vs 15,000 3.8s).

This particular example has led a more interesting life than most of its peers. The subject of a photographically documented restoration during the 1990s, 'HFW 255D' went on to star in the BBC series 'The Underworld', the book relating to which, and featuring it on the cover, accompanies. Converted into a historic road rally car upon entering the previous ownership in 2002, the Jaguar has since proven deceptively competitive finishing second overall on the 2003 Winter Challenge and, first overall on the 2008 Safari Challenge.

Carefully blueprinted, its 3.8 litre DOHC straight-six engine is allied to a four-speed automatic transmission (with individual gear selection/hold facility). Finished in Midnight Blue, the S-Type further benefits from uprated suspension and adjustable shock absorbers all around as well as a limited-slip differential, long-range fuel tank, sump guard, battery isolator, power steering, towing eyes, fire extinguishers, and Jaguar 420 brakes. Riding on Silver-painted steel wheels, its cabin boasts a half cage, map light, Brantz 2s trip meter, radio/CD player, grey cloth recliner front seats, and harnesses.

Purchased by the vendor in 2009, the vendor spent over £3,200 with Scott Racing Services in preparation for H&H Classic Rallies Great South American Challenge 2013, in which the vendor informs it competed and finished well. Recently up and running again, following approximately five years of dry storage, the Jaguar would benefit from a service and a thorough check through. This appealing Jaguar is offered for sale with a history file that it includes previous FIA/FIVA identity cards, a large selection of previous MOTs, numerous invoices for work completed, said copy of 'The Underworld' book, and a current V5C document, and is offered temptingly without reserve.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 15th Mar, 2023

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