1986 Jaguar XJR-9LM - veteran of three Le Mans 24hrs and the most original Silk Cut Jaguar of them all
Chassis TWR-J12C-186 was built for the 1986 World Sports Car Championship and Le Mans 24hr, thus becoming the first pure Silk Cut works car.
Taking on the whole season in ’86, including Le Mans, and despite great pace, the season highlights for #186 were a podium at Norisring and overall victory in the Nürburgring Supersprint, ahead of the works Porsche of Hans Stuck.
1987 was the year that the Silk Cut Jaguars really came on song, winning the first four races of the season before a confident attack on Le Mans. Still they were beaten by the works Porsches, with #186 a DNF. Consolation for the team being domination of the World Championship.
For 1988, victory at Le Mans was the only option. Five of the howling 7-litre V12 monsters were sent to La Sarthe, and finally victory was theirs with Lammers, Dumfries and Wallace in the ‘2’ car. Chassis #186, carrying race number 22, would come home fourth, eternally captured in the hugely iconic image of three Silk Cut Jaguars crossing the line for victory.
Today #186 is beautifully restored and remains the most original V12 TWR Jaguar in private hands. Very few cars in history have competed at Le Mans three times, even fewer iconic works cars such as this.
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