Jack Sears’ Galaxie is out of this world

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Richard He­sel­tine bon­hams.com

This ex-Jack Sears Ford Galaxie 500 is set to go un­der the ham­mer dur­ing Bon­hams’ Good­wood Re­vival Meet­ing sale on 30 Septem­ber.

It marks the first time this leg­endary tour­ing car will have ever been of­fered for pub­lic con­sump­tion, and fol­lows Sears’ death in Au­gust 2016.

In 1963, Sears joined the John Will­ment Au­to­mo­biles squad and en­joyed class-- win­ning suc­cess in a Cortina GT be­fore up­set­ting the es­tab­lish­ment aboard the 7.0-litre Hol­man Moody-built Galaxie from May of that year. It de­mol­ished the Jaguar op­po­si­tion first time out at Sil­ver­stone, with Sears driv­ing the en­tire dis­tance in top gear. He was near-un­beat­able there­after and bagged his sec­ond Bri­tish Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship ti­tle at a can­ter.

In 2011, Sears said: ‘ The Jaguar lot were livid and a lot of their protests con­cerned the roll-cage; that it was only there as a means of stiff­en­ing the car. It got to the point that more and more was cut away un­til it was point­less hav­ing it. Jaguar’s team man­ager, Lofty Eng­land, was our most vo­cif­er­ous op­po­nent. He couldn’t stand the fact that Jaguar’s dom­i­nance had been bro­ken.’

The car claimed four more wins in 1964. It was then sold to Bob Olthoff who took it to the 1966 South African Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship ti­tle. Olthoff kept the car un­til 1989, when it was sold to Sears who en­trusted ex-Will­ment me­chanic Tony Brown with its restora­tion to 1963-spec. It’ s ex­pected to make up to £220,000.

Sears drove this car to the 1963 Bri­tish Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship in 1963.

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