This car came equipped with the optional overdrive, disc brakes, wire wheels and lead-bronze bottom-end bearing shells.
Completed on September 26, 1957, the Jaguar was registered FWB 1, and in January 1958 set off for France on the Monte Carlo Rally carrying competitor number 253.
Owner Frank Brown’s co-drivers were Edwin J. Snusher and Graham Arnold. The trio did not finish the rally, but Brown continued to compete with the Jaguar in hillclimbs and sprints throughout 1959 and then sold the car to Snusher, who entered it the 1960 Monte Carlo and Tulip Rallies. However, the car was not registered in his name until 1962, when the current registration, 4938 VW, was issued.
The original logbook shows licensing up to 1967/68, after which the car appears to have remained in storage until Snusher sold it to well-known historic racer and Goodwood Revival regular John Young in 1982, complete with all of its special rallying accessories, spare sills, and a vast amount of history.
Intending to compete in historic races, Young had the car repainted and overhauled, entrusting the mechanicals to Swallow Engineering. He had the cylinder head gas-flowed, and mildly upgraded the brakes and rear suspension. Young raced, rallied and used the Jaguar as a daily driver for a few years before parting with it, to a Japanese collector.
After 20 years in Japan, and following its owner’s death, 4938 VW was back in the U.K. and for sale at auction, where it was purchased for a second time by John Young. The car appeared to have seen little use over the intervening period, though the interior had deteriorated somewhat and all the history had gone missing. Fortunately, the many original rallying modifications were still present. After mild refreshment, new Dunlop racing tires and the installation of a less noisy exhaust (required for Goodwood), the Jaguar was ready to resume its competition career.
In the modern era, it has raced at the Nürburgring, Spa Francorchamps, Zandvoort, Snetterton, Castle Combe, Donington Park, Silverstone, and Brands Hatch.