Emmanuel Zurini (French, b.1942)
Price Code: £££££
A patinated, stylized bronze sculpture of the ill-fated 1966 Jaguar XJ13 mid-engine sports-racing car, with engraved artist’s signature, edition number 3 of 8 and dated 1989. The bronze is mounted on a polished marble base.
Size: 24 x 10 inches (60 x 26 cm)
Developed by Jaguar for competition at Le Mans, the prototype XJ13 never raced, but in 1966 was worth three times more than a Ferrari 250 GTO. During filming of a promotional sequence for the launch of the V12 E-Type in January 1971, the XJ13 was crashed by a Jaguar test driver, and the wreck languished in a Jaguar workshop for many years. Rebuilt some years later using the original body jigs close to the original specification, this unique vehicle regularly makes public appearances and today is valued at over £7 million.
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