Record auc­tion re­sult for Jane racer

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ex-Bob Jane 1963 Jaguar E-Type fac­tory light­weight has set a new auc­tion record for a car with Aus­tralian com­pe­ti­tion his­tory. The Jag, with which Jane won the 1963 Aus­tralian GT Cham­pi­onship, sold at Bon­ham’s Scottdale Ari­zona auc­tion ear­lier this year for US$7.37 mil­lion (A$9.7 mil­lion) in­clud­ing buy­ers pre­mium.

It was one of only 12 Light­weight pur­pose­built racing E-Types built by the fac­tory in 1963 and ’64. Jane, as a Jaguar road­car dealer in Mel­bourne, de­vel­oped close ties with leg­endary Jaguar com­pe­ti­tion chief Lofty Eng­land, as he ex­plains in our Mus­cle Man pro­file this is­sue, that helped him land the car.

He cam­paigned it in Aus­tralia for six months, post­ing sev­eral wins, be­fore it was shipped to Eng­land in mid 1964 for a gear­box and fuel tank up­grade at Browns Lane, Coven­try. Jane pro­posed to run at the clas­sic tracks of Europe, but had it shipped back home af­ter racing at Brands Hatch and be­ing un­der­whelmed by its com­pet­i­tive­ness and Jaguar’s un­will­ing­ness to carry out more ag­gres­sive mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

Bon­ham’s mar­ket­ing ma­te­rial high­lights that the car raced at Bathurst in 1965 and at Lake­side in the hands of Bob’s brother Bill Jane. Driv­ing du­ties passed to Spencer Martin for 1966, the car’s last sea­son of com­pe­ti­tion. It made spo­radic public ap­pear­ances over the en­su­ing 14 years be­fore it was sold to West Aus­tralian Peter Briggs for $80,000 in 1980. Briggs re­tained the car un­til 1999, be­fore it was sold over­seas. Jane has com­mented that sell­ing it was the big­gest re­grets of his life.

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