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1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM Coupe Racer / 001 Vehicle Information

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM photograph

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This Jaguar XJS Trans-AM Racing Car wears number 44 and was driven by Robert (Bob) Tullius during the 1976 and 1977 Trans-AM racing seasons. It accounted for one first-place victory in 1976 and five in 1977.

Bob Tullius was born in Rochester, New York in 1935. He is an Air Force Veteran who had planned on a teaching career after he finished college, but entered the sport of racing instead. In 1961, he began racing his TR3. This lead to stock car racing, driving for names such as Buck Baker and Jim Pascal.

Much of his later success was achieved in his own modified cars, which were known as Group 44 cars. The Group 44 racing team was formed by Bob Tullius and Brian Fuerstenau and provied Triumph/British Leyland with many victories and championships.

The team received sponsorship from dodge and Tullius drove a Dodge Dart in the first ever Trans-Am race. He was positioned to take the checkered flag, leading most of the race, but fell to second when a six-minute pit stop allowed an Alfa-Romeo driven by Jochen Rindt to take the overall victory. Tullius finished in second place and first in the Over 2-Liter Class. A short time later, he won the 12 Hour Trans-Am Enduro at Marlboro in the Dodge Dart.

Tullius lost his Dodge sponsorship but continued to race in the series. He has the second most career Trans-Am races with a total of sixty. First in this category is George Follmer with sixty-five races. Tullius had 21 career wins in the Trans Am series, making him second in career wins behind Mark Donohue.

Jaguar approached the team to develop the XJS for IMSA GTP and Trans-Am competition. The XJS was Jaguar's replacement for the E-Type in 1975. Group 44's engineer, Brian Fuerstenau and chief mechanic, Latton Foushee, did much to prepare the cars for competition. The engine was given a dry-sump oiling and the fuel-injection system was replaced with six twin-choke Weber carburetors. At the start of the season, the car produced 475 horsepower. By season end, the car had been tuned to over 500 horsepower. The car was given a four-speed gearbox. An eight-point roll cage was fitted to strengthen the car and to protect in case of an accident.

The Group 44 team enjoyed modest success in IMSA GTP competition and even brought the Jaguar marque to LeMans, a first since the 1950s in a D-Type with factory support. In the Trans-Am Series, the Group 44 Jaguar XJS cars won 13 of the 21 events they were entered.

This Jaguar XJS was offered for sale by RM Auctions at Amelia Island, Florida. This car is the 1977 SCCA Championship Group 55 car and has spent many of recent years in the Bob Tullius Collection. It was offered without reserve and estimated to sell between $250,000 - $350,000. The car is powered by a 5.5-liter V12 engine and produces over 500 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual gearbox and A/P racing disc brakes on all four corners.

At auction, Bob Tullius drove the car onto the stage and was greeted by a loud applause. There was much interest in this car, as it is very rare and has a strong racing history. At auction, the car found a new owner, selling for $225,500.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2007


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1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1976 sales)
1976 Jaguar XJS by Hyper
Chassis#: 2W1840
Sold for USD$20,160
  2015 Historics at Brookland
 
1976 JAGUAR XJS GT COUPE
Sold for USD$3,150
  2013 McCormick's - Palm Springs # 55
 
1976 JAGUAR XJS CHEVY CONVERSION COUPE
Sold for USD$2,835
  2013 McCormick's Auction 54 - Palm Springs
 
1976 Jaguar XJ-S Coupe
Sold for USD$1,968
  2011 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction
 
1976 Jaguar XJS
Sold for USD$4,860
  2011 Branson Collector Car Auction - Oct 22, 2011
 
1976 JAGUAR XJS
Chassis#: UG2W50407
Sold for USD$1,300
  2008 Silver Auction - Coeur d'Alene
 
1976 /1977 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM Racing Car
Sold for USD$225,500
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1976 Jaguar XJS Trans-AM's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1976 JAGUAR XJSUG2W506852008 Silver Auction Coeur d'Alene$3,300  

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