Ex-Ronnie McCartney Jaguar MkII up for sale

1963 3.4-litre MkII driven by Irish racing legend McCartney goes under the hammer at Anglia Car Auctions on April 14

Irish rally star Ronnie McCartney was legendary for his tussles with contemporaries such as Jimmy McRae and Mervyn Johnston. He also taught future WRC champion Colin McRae the art of close car control, and conquered the 1991 Pirelli Classic Marathon with co-driver Beatty Crawford in a 1965 Mini Cooper S. Now, the late driver’s red 1963 Jaguar MkII, once so familiar on the RAC International Historic Rally and International Historic Rally of Great Britain, is to go under the hammer.

The Jaguar was arguably the most famous vehicle McCartney showcased during his later years, following on from the almost endless stream of Ford Escorts, HSR Chevettes and Porsche 911s he drove to victory over his three-decade reign.

The firm fan favourite – often dubbed the ‘Del Boy’ of the Irish rally scene – was renowned for his obsession with finding the perfect track warrior, and true to form he’d fully prepared the 3.4-litre MkII for rally use with side-exit exhausts, roll cage and an engine note capable of reducing grown men to tears. Yet the big cat disappeared off the radar after McCartney passed away in 2002.

As late as 2011 there was still speculation around the Jaguar’s whereabouts. One of the only clues led to alleged participation in the Historic Rally Carnival held on the island of Barbados.

After investigation, it emerged that the MkII had been purchased by a friend of Ronnie’s whom had also acted as his navigator on classic rallies. The Jaguar then changed hands once more, before now appearing with Anglia Car Auctions. It is set to go under the hammer on Saturday, April 14.

Official ACA pictures indicate that the terrain-snorting rally icon is in rude health, with an engine bay cleaner than a monk’s driving licence and the tin worm kept firmly at bay. The Jaguar is MoTed until February 2019, and has a clean bill of health and a sturdy MoT history to boot.

All the period features remain with the car, including the expanded fuel tank, original rally info box and original dials. The MkII has undergone welding work in the past, but is now ready to hit the rally stages in the same McCartney spirit that left it so respected in the first place.

You can find out more information on the Anglia Car Auctions website.

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