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United KingdomRJH400

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2006-01-03 10:32:30 | pauls writes:

Car was at auction in '93
www.practicalclassics.co.uk/auctionlot/by-id/754799480/

Auction description:
Lot 061: Jaguar XK120 Sports (1954)
Collectors' Motor Cars, Brooks (25th November 1992)
Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Brooks, Olympia, London
Type Car
Lot Number 061
Estimate £30000-£35000
Hammer Price £32000
Hammer Price (inc premium) -
Year 1954
Condition rating
Registration number RJH 400
Mileage -
Chassis number S661165
Engine number F2111/85

2007-06-10 08:29:14 | John Elmgreen writes:

This car is now in New Zealand.

2008-10-31 15:01:38 | pauls writes:

Car now being offered in the US by:
www.morrisandwelford.com

Sellers description:
Jaguar XK120 "RJH 400"
Morris & Welford USA
colour White
interior colour Red
drive RHD
type Cabrio / Roadster
year 1954
price P.O.R.
VAT No
country USA
RJH 400 is a famous period XK120 Jaguar that was entered privately by Eric Haddon together with his navigator Charles Vivian in the 1954 Tulip Rally, Alpine Rally and the MCC Redex National. First registered on February 26, 1954 and with chassis number S661165, the car had a number of really interesting period modifications which include the twin exhausts exiting through the rear wing, parallel wired twin petrol pumps, competition shock absorbers, extra stiff torsion bars, boiler plate sump guard (no longer fitted), bonnet vents, radiator blind and a quick fill petrol cap. Haddon and Vivian achieved a 12th Overall in the ’54 Tulip and 2nd in Class and would probably have taken a first in class had not the throttle rod broken on the line at the final Zandvoort test when leading the class. In the Alpine Rally they did finish 1st in Class (ahead of both RUB 120 and an Austin-Healey), then in the MCC-Redex they finished 1st in the unlimited capacity open sports car class.
In its current ownership since 1992, the 120 has had a complete body-off restoration when everything was attended to, the chassis-up rebuild and engine rebuild ensuring the car drives superbly now and has done about 7,000 miles on the rebuilt engine. Other features include short throw close ratio ‘box, C-Type 140 cams giving about 210bhp, additional dash lighting, new Pirelli Cinturatos, 12 volt battery and a bespoke luggage rack.
The Jaguar is offered with all its original period badges and rally plates and a copy letter from Eric Haddon to a former owner confirming his competition history with it.
CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICE

2015-04-30 15:36:57 | Reno writes:

car is back on auction. Find the great racer prepaired for "The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale" in June on www.bonhams.com/auctions/22723/preview_lot/4830800/

2015-06-20 23:53:03 | pauls writes:

Description from above auction:
Lot 345* N
1954 Jaguar XK120 Competition Roadster
Registration no. RJH 400 Chassis no. S661165 Engine no. F2111-8S
£240,000 - 280,000
US$ 380,000 - 440,000
Auction 22723:
The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
Collector's Motor Cars and Automobilia
26 Jun 2015 14:00 BST
Chichester, Goodwood

'Haddon and Vivian drove prudently - in the 1954 Alpine Rally - sacrificing many road marks; but they were rewarded with a win in the over 2.6-litre class ... one of the last competitive international rally performances for a Jaguar XK120...' - Andrew Whyte, 'Jaguar Sports Racing & Works Competition Cars from 1954', Haynes, 1987.

Registered RJH 400, chassis number S661195, was acquired new for £1,694-2s-0d. by Eric Haddon, a keen amateur rally driver, in February, 1954. Haddon of Wealdstone, north-west London and his Austrian-born co-driver Charles Vivian had several important international rally successes that year, which was impressive considering that they were privateers and the XK 120 had been announced some six years earlier.

This 120, one of 1,175 RHD cars built and one of the very last, was prepared for competition in-house by the Jaguar works for these events, including what has been described as a factory-solution to the problem of the low dual exhaust system on the 120 by having the pipes exit through two holes in one of the rear wings (fenders). The car was, apparently, modified like this when new. There was also a boilerplate sump guard fitted. The suspension was modified and C-type-specification additions included a close-ratio gearbox. Other modifications included bonnet louvres, quick-fill fuel cap, aluminium fuel tank, extra dashboard lighting and a radiator blind. The rally entries were handled by 'Lofty' England, no less.

In April '54 Haddon and Vivian took part in what The Motor magazine described as, "The toughest Tulip Rally". Of 211 starters, only 128 completed the 2,100-mile route, which led from seven starting points to the Nürburgring, then through Western Germany, the Saar, the Jura, the Alps, the Massif Central and back through the Vosges, Luxembourg and the Ardennes to Holland and the finish at Noordwijkaan Zee. Only 44 cars completed the road section without loss of marks.

Of the seven starting points, Haddon and Vivian chose Le Havre as did the majority. Following a number of special sections came three eliminating tests on the Ballon d'Alsace, a speed hill-climb, a speed downhill-climb, and an acceleration and braking test

2018-02-25 19:50:50 | pauls writes:

Now offered at
www.fiskens.com/cars-for-sale/Jaguar-XK120-Ex-Works-Competition/12918.htm

Sellers description:
Chassis Number: S 661165

'You can never tire of driving a good car...and RJH is superb....I was born too late, too poor, and too far from the action; how I long to have been Eric Haddon with RJH on the Tulip or the Alpine. They're what an XK120 is all about' (Mike McCarthy, Classic and Sports Car, June 1983).

Debuting at Earl's Court in 1948, the production Jaguar XK120 road car was hugely successful, largely due to the design of the 3.5 litre double overhead camshaft, six-cylinder engine and the torsion bar independent front suspension. In production until 1954, RJH 400 was the twelfth from last right-hand-drive example to be made. Purchased by impressive privateer rally-man, Eric Haddon in February 1954, RJH 400 was prepared for competition by Jaguar's extremely resourceful Works Department, in anticipation of Haddon's plans for the Jaguar.

The Works Department maximised the performance of RJH 400 by removing and adapting some notable features of the XK120, including a new exhaust exit system, whereby the exhaust pipes exited through two holes in the rear wing rather than the production low, dual exhaust system. A sump guard was fitted, the suspension modified and numerous C-type specification additions were fitted including a close ratio Moss gearbox, allowing for a useable top speed of 120mph. Bonnet louvres were installed along with an outside filler cap, twin petrol pumps wired in parallel, an aluminium fuel tank and a radiator blind. Once completed, Jaguar's Works support continued with stalwart 'Lofty' England handling Haddon's rally entries.

The first outing for RJH 400 was the notoriously challenging Tulip Rally in Holland in May of 1954. The route consisted of 14 special stages, five eliminating tests and a speed test at Zandvoort circuit, all over a distance of 2,100 miles. A sizeable entry of 211 cars lined up on the start line. In what was rumoured to be an immensely challenging year, Haddon, along with his co-driver, Charles Vivian, bought RJH 400 home to win second in class; an impressive achievement for their first outing with the Jaguar.

Next up was the fabled 'Coupe des Alpes', where Haddon and Vivian successfully won the Unlimited Class. As Andrew Whyte testifies in his book, Jaguar Sports Racing & Works Competition Cars from 1954, 'Haddon and Vivian drove prudently - in the 1954 Alpine Rally - sacrificing many road marks; but they were rewarded with a win in the over 2.6 litre class...one of the last competitive international rally performances for a Jaguar XK120'. November brought the M.C.C. Rally and another class win for the Haddon-Vivian duo. With just 207 crews qualifying from 334 starters, the event was demonstrably tough, underlining the ability of RJH 400 to do the job.

After such a triumphant competition career, Haddon subsequently sold RJH 400 to a Doctor Watchman of Liverpool who used the Jaguar to perform his rounds in the city until 1973. Three further UK owners followed, the latter of which was Kevin Donnelly of Staffordshire, who took the Jaguar on the Lombard Golden Fifty RAC Jubilee Rally in 1982. There is a lovely letter from Haddon to Donnelly in the accompanying history file where Haddon remarks, 'it gave a fine and reliable performance at all times, which gave us a great deal of pleasure and, as teams of Jaguar enthusiasts, we helped to fly the flag wherever the sport took us'. Donnelly evidently took a lot of pride in RJH 400 and the Jaguar was featured in Classic & Sports-Car magazine in June 1983 and in Classic Cars in March 1987.

In 1992, Mr. Robert Clark of New Zealand purchased RJH 400 and imported it 'down under'. RJH 400 was in Clark's ownership until the current owner purchased it in 2015 and returned the Jaguar to its UK birthright. In current ownership, RJH 400 has been sympathetically restored by UK marque specialists who have returned it to its important 'Coupe des Alpes' specification.
RJH 400 boasts a wonderful period competition history and is accompanied by a richly detailed file, containing copies of contemporary motorsport media reports, an old style UK logbook, period photography, restoration invoices and a certificate of authenticity from the Jaguar Heritage Trust. This highly significant, ex-Works, sports racing Jaguar is eligible for the Mille Miglia and numerous other important road and rally events around the globe.

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