The 1993 Jaguar XJ220 C LM that raced at Le Mans goes up for auction


The Jaguar XJ220 was the British automaker’s quintessential road car from the early 1990s, but a handful of these supercars also raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. One of those XJ220 Le Mans cars is about to be sold by auction house RM Sotheby’s on November 19th at the French circuit of Paul Ricard.

This 1993 Jaguar XJ220 C LM is one of three that competed at Le Mans that year (a fourth car was also built, but it didn’t race). The racing cars were prepared by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR), who was also heavily involved in the development of the XJ220 road car. TWR won Le Mans as a factory Jaguar team in 1988 and 1990 with the XJR-9LM and XJR-12 prototypes, respectively.

The racing version of the XJ220 uses the same 3.5-liter V-6 biturbo as the road car. This engine was also used in the XJR-10 and XJR-11 prototypes, so TWR had some previous experience with this engine.

1993 Jaguar XJ220 C LM (photo via RM Sotheby's)

1993 Jaguar XJ220 C LM (photo via RM Sotheby’s)

This car – TWR serial number 003 – was driven by Jay Cochran and Paul Belmondo, as well as Andreas Fuchs who was behind the wheel when a tire broke at high speed on the Mulsanne straight. Despite a spin, Fuchs managed to cover the car without hitting anything and limped back to the pits. However, the damage to the self-destructing tire was irreparable and the car was retired after 176 laps.

Serial number 002 he crossed the line first in the GT class (and 15th overall), but was subsequently disqualified for not having catalytic converters. Jaguar did not return to Le Mans with the XJ220, but serial number 003 was entered by a private team in the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours. It retired due to engine failure after 135 laps.

The car was later sold to a member of the Jaguar Club of Japan and crashed. The damage was repaired by XJ220 specialist Don Law Racing, and the car was then sold to current owner Jean Guikas. It was auctioned with the rest of Guikas’ collection and is expected to sell for between $ 1.1 million and $ 1.6 million.


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