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  • 1976 Jaguar XJ12C 'Broadspeed'

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    This historically important Jaguar is one of only four factory-backed XJ12C Broadspeed race cars ever produced. In March 1976 Leyland Cars announced that the Jaguar marque would return to the world of international motor racing with its plans to contest the European Touring Car Championship with the 5.3 litre V12 XJ12C Coupe. The drivers were to be Derek Bell/David Hobbs and Andy Rouse/Steve Thompson. The cars were to be built under contract by Broadspeed Engineering Ltd, the ace tuning and engineering company founded by Ralph Broad, which had previously achieved success campaigning Minis and Ford Capris across Europe. The resultant machine was both fabulously powerful and formidably quick – the car thundering to pole position first time out at the Tourist Trophy at Silverstone. However, and despite the best efforts of drivers and engineers alike, the cars were plagued by misfortune and unreliability, much of it relating to the Jaguar factory insisting on standard road parts being used in places. Despite the 1976 season ending in disappointment, for 1977 two new lightweight coupes were built for Derek Bell and Andy Rouse, John Fitzpatrick and Tim Schenken. Again, the car was monstr

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