Four women spend £70,000 to bring grandfather's Jaguar home


Four women have spent a whopping £70,000 to bring home a car once owned by their grandfather – an ex-Jaguar deputy chairman.

The Jaguar MkIV once belonged to Jaguar deputy chairman Arthur Whittaker, and his granddaughters, Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte, splashed the cash at the Brooklands Classic Car Auction in Surrey last week to return the classic to the family after a 67-year separation.

The 1948 car had almost 64,000 miles on the clock and was expected to fetch £55,000-£65,000, but the quartet had to spend £5,000 more than that to secure it.

"Once we discovered granddad's Jaguar was for sale, we just had to go and see it", said Sally. "We had no intention of buying it, but sitting in it before the sale brought back so many fond memories of family outings in his cars that we decided we just had to bid for it."

"We'd never bought a thing at auction before, but were determined to take it home if we could afford to," continued her sister, Lucy. "It was all a bit of a whirlwind and suddenly, the hammer came down and it was ours."

The Jaguar, which has a 3.5-litre six-cylinder engine, a sunroof and special pigskin leather chosen by Whittaker, will now be taken to Lucy's home in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, where it will be enjoyed by members of the family young and old.

"It's just too lovely to leave locked away," said Lucy. "The plan is to share enjoyment of the car among all our families, including granddad's seven great-grandchildren. I'm sure that's what he would have wanted. All we need now is the picnic hamper and a bit of sun!"