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1981 Jaguar XJS


Group 44 Inc BoB Tullius 1981 Jaguar XJS Sillouette Trans Am Race Car Chassis XJR-4 (only 1 built) 1st Tube Frame Purpose built race car by Group 44 Commisioned by Jaguar to Win the 1981 Trans Am Championship Won Three Trans Am Races Mosport, Portland & Brainerd Finished 2nd in Championship, DNF’s cost Tullius the Championship Then Raced in 1982 Daytona 24hrs by Tullius, Bill Adam & Gorden Smiley Ran IMSA GTX Class with Prototypes as it was deemed too modified for GTO 1st Jaguar V12 to complete a 24 hrs endurance race and signaled Jaguar & Group 44’s Road to Le Mans with the V12 powered XJR-5’s Ran shaved Goodyear Wingfoot street tires for sponsor Goodyear The car was clocked at 193 mph on the banking with street tires! Gorden Smiley was to race XJR-4 in the 1982 Trans Am Series but was tragically killed during practice at the Indy 500. The car was sold by Tullius to Paul Pettey a fellow trans am racer who placed it into retirement and sat in a barn with another Historic Jaguar racer, a D-Type (XKD549) Pettey died tragically in 1997 and the cars were sold off in an Estate Sale, XJR-4 was purchased and restored by SVRA Owner/President Howard Turner. The car was Featured in Classic Motorsports Magazine (May 2005 Issue) In the summer of 2005 the car was bought by Longtime Jaguar Racers Andrew & Steve Moore of Canada. XJR-4 is Raced in Historic Trans Am/ IMSA class with SVRA, HSR, VARAC and was at the 2009 Walter Mitty Historic Races for the Group 44 Reunion! See Added Photos from the Reunion Check out

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June 08
Group 44 XJS

This Rare Group 44 XJS Race car is now available for sale.

May 08
Group 44 Tent

XJR-4 proudly sits with the other eight Group 44 Racers in the Marque Tent Not …

May 08
Group 44 Reunion Dinner

This photo was taken at the Group 44 Dinner, Bob Tullius is with XJR-4, Owner …

May 08
Group 44 Parade Laps

XJR-4 sits on the grid with the Group 44 Parade, along for the ride is …

May 08
CM Group 44 Dinner

Thanks to the Staff at Classic Motorsports and Grass Roots Motorsports for hosting the Group …

May 08
Group 44 Reunion

Bob Tullius and Lanky Fouchee with XJR-4

March 15
The View

This is the view most racers saw of the Big Cat!

March 14
Tube Frame Chassis

XJR-4 was the first purpose built tube framed chassis by Group 44. The previous Group …

March 14
Back in the Day

On the starting Grid for the 1981 SCCA Trans Am Race at Mosport Tullius qualified …

March 14
Thundering Elegence

Group 44 Chassis XJR-4

March 14
Jag V12 Power

600 HP V12 with webers

March 13
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