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1981 Jaguar XJS


Group 44 Inc BoB Tullius 1981 Jaguar XJS Sillouette Trans Am Race Car Chassis XJR-4 (only 1 built) 1st Tube Frame Purpose built race car by Group 44 Commisioned by Jaguar to Win the 1981 Trans Am Championship Won Three Trans Am Races Mosport, Portland & Brainerd Finished 2nd in Championship, DNF’s cost Tullius the Championship Then Raced in 1982 Daytona 24hrs by Tullius, Bill Adam & Gorden Smiley Ran IMSA GTX Class with Prototypes as it was deemed too modified for GTO 1st Jaguar V12 to complete a 24 hrs endurance race and signaled Jaguar & Group 44’s Road to Le Mans with the V12 powered XJR-5’s Ran shaved Goodyear Wingfoot street tires for sponsor Goodyear The car was clocked at 193 mph on the banking with street tires! Gorden Smiley was to race XJR-4 in the 1982 Trans Am Series but was tragically killed during practice at the Indy 500. The car was sold by Tullius to Paul Pettey a fellow trans am racer who placed it into retirement and sat in a barn with another Historic Jaguar racer, a D-Type (XKD549) Pettey died tragically in 1997 and the cars were sold off in an Estate Sale, XJR-4 was purchased and restored by SVRA Owner/President Howard Turner. The car was Featured in Classic Motorsports Magazine (May 2005 Issue) In the summer of 2005 the car was bought by Longtime Jaguar Racers Andrew & Steve Moore of Canada. XJR-4 is Raced in Historic Trans Am/ IMSA class with SVRA, HSR, VARAC and was at the 2009 Walter Mitty Historic Races for the Group 44 Reunion! See Added Photos from the Reunion Check out

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June 08
Group 44 XJS

This Rare Group 44 XJS Race car is now available for sale.

May 08
Group 44 Tent

XJR-4 proudly sits with the other eight Group 44 Racers in the Marque Tent Not …

May 08
Group 44 Reunion Dinner

This photo was taken at the Group 44 Dinner, Bob Tullius is with XJR-4, Owner …

May 08
Group 44 Parade Laps

XJR-4 sits on the grid with the Group 44 Parade, along for the ride is …

May 08
CM Group 44 Dinner

Thanks to the Staff at Classic Motorsports and Grass Roots Motorsports for hosting the Group …

May 08
Group 44 Reunion

Bob Tullius and Lanky Fouchee with XJR-4

March 15
The View

This is the view most racers saw of the Big Cat!

March 14
Tube Frame Chassis

XJR-4 was the first purpose built tube framed chassis by Group 44. The previous Group …

March 14
Back in the Day

On the starting Grid for the 1981 SCCA Trans Am Race at Mosport Tullius qualified …

March 14
Thundering Elegence

Group 44 Chassis XJR-4

March 14
Jag V12 Power

600 HP V12 with webers

March 13
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July 8, 2008, 2:38 p.m.

Damn cool car!!

July 8, 2008, 2:59 p.m.

That odd sound your hearing? It's drool hitting the keyboard.

July 8, 2008, 3:23 p.m.

Oh my. That's phenomenal.

July 8, 2008, 9:46 p.m.

Very nice write up on a very unique automobile. I love Vintage cars and the stories they bring to the table!

July 8, 2008, 10:40 p.m.


July 9, 2008, 5:23 a.m.

That's an absolutely beautiful machine. Very cool indeed!

July 10, 2008, 6:02 p.m.

a nice short story. Awsome car!!

July 11, 2008, 12:21 p.m.

Very nice

July 17, 2008, 4:34 p.m.

That thing is too cool... even has a cool history!!

July 24, 2008, 10:26 p.m.

w o w. Beautiful!

Sept. 5, 2008, 10:15 a.m.

The only thing that would make that picture sweeter is if there was an exploding building in the background. Very cool car.

Sept. 10, 2008, 6:15 p.m.

sexy. Who knew those could look so good?

Sept. 27, 2008, 1:36 p.m.

I had no idea a car of this magnitude was in our little community. Awesome. Just awesome.

Oct. 9, 2008, 9:08 a.m.

That is secks. Pure and simple.

Oct. 11, 2008, 8:52 a.m.

MOTHER OF GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct. 11, 2008, 10:59 p.m.

"that is so cool" yes, I said it aloud.

Nov. 13, 2008, 9:26 a.m.

Wow. So very awesome.

Nov. 22, 2008, 2:47 a.m.

geat looking car, just fabulous, now that is a proper brithish touring car.

Dec. 21, 2008, 9:32 a.m.

See & hear the roar of this 6 Litre V12 Monster at the 2009 Walter Mitty Historic Races at Road Atlanta where there will be a Group 44 Reunion Race!

Jan. 18, 2009, 3:06 p.m.

Looking forward to seeing this one -- and the other Group 44 cars -- at The Mitty.

Jan. 20, 2009, 4:42 p.m.

This is one sweet car! As a Jag mechanic I have always wanted to build a modified XJS. I am drooling.

Feb. 2, 2009, 6:14 p.m.

few people have heard 12 cylinders at 7000rpm with such long 4" side pipes, deep and fantastic, not the fart sound of many open exhausts.

April 9, 2009, 11:58 p.m.


April 28, 2009, 7:24 a.m.

We are Mitty Bound, come by the paddock and say hi!

May 8, 2009, 6:31 p.m.

Thanks to everyone at Classic Motorsports and GRM for putting on an amazing event. I have updated the profile photos with shots from the event alnog with photos of Bob Tullius and his Crew Chief Lanky Fouchee. Next stop for the Big Cat will be the HSR Event at Watkins Glen in June

May 8, 2009, 11:20 p.m.

Thanks for bringing the car out! Great weekend. I'll bet the Gp44 guys loved seeing it again..

Aug. 18, 2009, 2:27 p.m.

reminds me of the old Broadspeed XJ

Nov. 5, 2009, 4:41 p.m.

I want to hear this car runnnnnnnnnnnnning! V12+ Webbers= Fap fap fap fap fap

Dec. 22, 2009, 10:04 a.m.

The Group 44 1981 Jaguar XJS has been #1 in the Readers Rides for over a year! Plans for 2010 include the Goodwood Festival of Speed

May 24, 2010, 8 p.m.

Very cool Jag!

July 25, 2010, 8:29 p.m.

Great car!

Oct. 7, 2011, 2:22 p.m.

Have I seen this car at Mosport??

March 6, 2012, 7:01 p.m.

Love this!

March 25, 2012, 9:57 p.m.

looks like one of the group 44 cars that tulius inherited from jaguar along with the spares

Feb. 20, 2013, 1:06 p.m.

I'd love to see something like this in Targa Newfoundland!

July 25, 2013, 7:40 p.m.

Saw the car at Road America last weekend. Amazing build.

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