On October 23 and 24, Auburn, Indiana’s Worldwide Auctioneers will sell the large Ron Brown Estate Collection in Fredericksburg, Texas. There will be 100 cars plus mini-bikes, motorcycles, and snowmobiles plus many lots of highly collectible memorabilia, all at No Reserve.
Ranging from hot rods including a period-style 1931 Ford to some of the most collectible American musclecars including Camaros and Mopar Hemis, plus classic pickups and American 1950s classics. Up-and-coming Japanese sports cars are also very well represented, including a 1976 Toyota Celica, Datsun 280 ZX Turbo and 1986 Nissan 300 ZX, and a low-mile 1987 Toyota Supra.
Corvettes are very well-represented, with the Ron Brown Collection featuring no fewer than four extremely collectible, one-year-only 1963 Split-Window coupes.
For a complete auction listing, be sure to visit Worldwide Auctioneers at www.worldwide-auctioneers.com/auctions/rb15.cfm or call them for bidder registration.
Here is a brief, but in my humble opinion, cool video of the XJR-4 firing up. Its 600-hp, Weber-carbureted Jaguar V-12 makes an unforgettable sound quite similar to a V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin from a WW II fighter plane. Enjoy!
Commissioned by Jaguar and built by the famed American Group 44 Inc. racing team of Bob Tullius and Brian Fuerstenau, the purpose-built, fully tube-framed XJR-4 was created to contest the 1981 SCCA Trans-Am championship. Lawton “Lanky” Foushee supervised its construction and set-up. It took second in its first race, followed by three wins to take second in the 1981 SCCA Trans-Am championship standings. Bob Tullius drove the car to second overall behind Eppie Wietzes’ Corvette in that year’s standings.
Its subsequent entry into the 1982 Daytona 24 Hours marked Jaguar’s return to top-level international endurance racing, where it hit 194.46 mph on shaved Goodyear street tires! Needless to say, the car was the world’s fastest XJ-S. Somewhat overshadowed by the XJR-5 Group C endurance racers of the mid-1980s, this car was the test “mule” for that program which brought Jaguar back as a competitor at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Restored, race-ready, and fastidiously prepared, the XJR-4 remains ready to hit the track and it is accompanied by an incredible spares and historical package including race set-up notes by Group 44’s late racing wizard Lawton “Lanky” Foushee. While it is not scheduled for auction at this time, I got to know the owner, his son, and the great history of this important ex-Group 44 Jaguar.
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