PERKINS LE MANS JAGUAR SOLD

The #22 was rare on a Silk Cut Jaguar ... Larry Perkins fans will know it all too well though ... Photo: Duncan Hamilton ROFGO

THE Silk Cut/Tom Walkinshaw Racing Jaguar XJR-9LM that Larry Perkins drove to fourth place in the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hour alongside American Kevin Cogan and Derek Daly has been sold in England.

The seven-litre V12 sportscar, sold by dealer Duncan Hamilton ROFGO, was in fact originally built for the 1986 World Sports Car Championship and that year’s Le Mans 24 Hour.

Chassis TWR-J12C-186 competed in the Le Mans 24 Hour on three occasions (1986, 1987 and 1988), its best finish of fourth coming in ’88 with Aussie Perkins as part of the driving line-up in a year where the ‘Big Cats’ scored victory via the #2 car of Jan Lammers, the late Johnny Dumfries and Andy Wallace.

The #22 Jaguar has been restored to its 1988 Le Mans spec and livery. Photo: Duncan Hamilton ROFGO

That was Perkins’ third Le Mans start. He raced a Porsche in the 1978 race and the well-publicised Bob Jane-backed Porsche 956 alongside Peter Brock in 1984.

Restored and deemed the most original V12 TWR Jaguar in private hands, the car was sold for an undisclosed price.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.