A classic 1948 Jag first owned by deputy chairman of Jaguar Cars was snapped up at auction by his granddaughters who will take it home after 67 years.
The jet black classic 1948 Jaguar sports saloon, first owned by the deputy chairman of Jaguar Cars, Arthur Whittaker, has been re-united with his family 67 years after he parted with it.
Whittaker’s four granddaughters – Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte – who discovered the car was up for sale purely by chance a fortnight earlier – fought off rival bidders to make it their own.
“Once we discovered grandad’s Jaguar was for sale, we just had to go and see it,” said Sally. “We had no intention of buying it, but sitting in it before the sale brought back so many fond memories of family outings in his cars that we decided we just had to bid for it.”
Her sister Lucy added, “We’d never bought a thing at auction before, but were determined to take it home if we could afford to. It was all a bit of a whirlwind and suddenly, the hammer came down and it was ours.” Bidding reached £70,000.
Historics at Brooklands who held the classic car auction said that 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 by the owner of the day. Twenty-two years later the car was finally completed, latterly by classic Jaguar specialist, David Davenport, returning it to its spectacular condition that remains today.
The car 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.
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 amongst all our families, including grandad’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,” they said.