After 67 years, classic ‘48 Jaguar first owned by Jaguar Cars’ Deputy Chairman is purchased by his granddaughters.
During the Historics at Brooklands classic car auction in Surrey last weekend, Whittaker’s four granddaughters – Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte - fought off rival bidders to make it their own. The cost: £70,000 for the jet-black classic. It will return to the eldest granddaughter Lucy’s family home in Kenilworth, just miles from the former Jaguar factory in Brown’s Lane, Coventry where it was originally manufactured 69 years ago.
“We’d never bought a thing at auction before, but were determined to take it home if we could afford to,” added her sister Lucy. “It was all a bit of a whirlwind and suddenly, the hammer came down and it was ours.”
After Whittaker parted with the car in 1950, it passed through the hands of a number of owners before a complete, meticulous restoration started in 1982. Twenty-two years later classic Jaguar specialist, David Davenport, finally completed the car. It was returned it to its spectacular condition that remains today.
Will it become a museum piece? Not if Whittaker’s granddaughters have their way. “It’s just too lovely to leave locked away. The plan is to share enjoyment of the car among all our families, including Granddad’s seven great grandchildren. I’m sure that’s what he would have wanted too. All we need now is the picnic hamper and a bit of sun!”
For full results of Historics auctions, please visit www.historics.co.uk