Yorkshireman, Roy Hatfield, 85, from Sheffield, feels so moved by the plight of Ukrainian children he’s decided to auction his 1976 Jaguar XJ-C 4.2 to raise funds for the beleaguered country’s youngest citizens. All the money raised will go to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Having lived in Sheffield through WW2 as a child himself he well understands the trauma Ukrainian children are experiencing. The Jaguar will be sold at the next H&H Classics sale at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire on June 22nd.
Roy created a hugely successful energy and recycling business that bears his name well before the term recycling was a commonly understood concept. The company was awarded the Queens Award to Industry in 2014. He has owned some magnificent cars over the years including Bentleys, Healeys, Lagondas, E-Type Jaguars and the lovely Jaguar XJ-C being one he is very fond of.
A keen rally and race driver over the years he has raced a Jaguar E-Type Lightweight and Healeys in the UK and Europe and taken part in rallies in Asia, Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia and Jordan competing 11 times in The Classic Marathon and travelling through South Africa twice in a 1929 Bentley. He no longer races but still takes part in classic car rallies.
The car he is selling to benefit the Ukraine is one of only 2,606 Jaguar XJ-C 4.2s made to right-hand drive specification. It has been extensively and beautifully restored. As a pillarless coupe design it does not want for style and this example cuts a real dash with its Gloss Black paintwork offset by Rich Red leather upholstery.
Roy says he was motivated to sell his car for Ukraine by his memories of going to school with gas masks and air raid shelters in Sheffield during WW2 which saw the centre of the city decimated. He says: “I am very depressed by what I am seeing on TV. We seem to have learned nothing about the horrors of war. So I hope that in some small way the sale of this car will do some good in the Ukraine, and the person who buys the car gets as much pleasure out of it as I have these past four years.”
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