Lucy, Sally and Charlotte
A 1948 vintage Jaguar sports saloon first owned by the deputy chairman of Jaguar Cars is back in the family after being bought at auction by his granddaughters at a Weybridge auction.
Arthur Whittaker parted with the classic motor in 1950 and his four granddaughters Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte bought it back 67 years later, paying £70,000 for the family heirloom during the latest Historics at Brooklands classic car auction
The car had a number of owners before a restoration process began in 1982 by the then keeper. A total of 22 years later the car was finally completed, latterly by classic Jaguar specialist David Davenport.
The women only found out by chance their grandad's 3.5 litre six-cylinder engine car was for sale two weeks before the auction.
They fought off rival bidders to secure the stunning classic.
Sally said: "Once we discovered grandad’s Jaguar was for sale, we just had to go and see it.
"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."
The Jaguar Mk IV is to return to eldest granddaughter Lucy’s family home in Kenilworth, just miles from the former Jaguar factory in Brown’s Lane, Coventry where it was originally manufactured 69 years ago.
Lucy said: “We’d never bought a thing at auction before, but were determined to take it home if we could afford to.
“It was all a bit of a whirlwind and suddenly, the hammer came down and it was ours.
“It’s just too lovely to leave locked away. The plan is to share enjoyment of the car amongst all our families, including grandad’s seven great grandchildren.
"I’m sure that’s what he would have wanted too. All we need now is the picnic hamper and a bit of sun!”
The car, one of the last of its kind to be produced, is trimmed in pigskin hide, burr walnut dashboard and fittings, and sunroof.