Unique Jaguar XJ-S Shooting Brake by Paolo Gucci up for auction – Robb Report
There are many special Jaguars throughout the marque’s 86-year history, but only one was born out of a collaboration with a member of the Gucci family. And now this vehicle could be yours.
A 1987 XJ-S V12 HE Lynx Eventer by Paolo Gucci will be auctioned by Bonhams later this week as part of its Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale. The Sports Shooting Brake was originally intended for the first of a limited run of vehicles, but due to a legal dispute ended up being the only example to ever see the light of day.
If you saw last year Gucci House you already know that the 1980s were a turbulent time for Paolo, who is played by a typically over-the-top Jared Leto in the film. The fashion designer spent much of the decade locked in a brutal legal battle with his father, Aldo, which culminated in Paolo having the eldest Gucci removed from the family business mid-decade and then informed the taxman that he had also evaded taxes. A few years later, Paolo, who is credited with Gucci’s double G logo, set out to design a limited-edition vehicle that would come with a matching set of luggage from the house.
Paolo would eventually land on Jaguar’s XJ-S grand tourer, a vehicle so synonymous with luxury and performance during the 21 years of production (1975-1996). However, he didn’t want to work with just any XJ-S. Paolo had his eye specifically on the Eventer, a special shooting-station wagon version of the car designed by British coachbuilder Lynx. The example that Paolo drew features a special two-tone paint job, with dark blue and light blue down divided by a thin orange stripe. Inside were blue-lacquered burl elm wood trim, hand-dyed Italian calfskin upholstery, modified instrument dials, a leather steering wheel encrusted with semi-precious lapis lazuli stones and an Alcantara suede headliner.
Unfortunately, the car would never go into production despite its debut shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1990. A limited run of 20 units had to be scrapped due to legal issues. Paolo had left Gucci by then and his lawyers successfully asserted that he had no right to use his name to endorse the vehicle, according to the auction house. Due to this, the project was canceled after only one came off the line. The car would eventually end up in the hands of Jaguar enthusiast Ian Berg in 2015, who had the car completely stripped and restored in the years that followed.
The unique Gucci-branded XJ-S shooting wagon is set to go up for auction next Friday. Bonhams expects it to sell for between $86,000 and $123,000. It might even turn out to be a bargain considering how rare the vehicle is, even though it’s not official.
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