LOT 72 – 1963 Jaguar MK2 Sports Saloon Ex “Pink Floyd”

Finishes: 08:00 pm Friday 11th January 2019 – Click here to bid

  • The David Gilmour/Steve O’Rourke Carrera Panamericana entry
  • Comprehensively restored
  • 300 BHP engine
  • Road registered with current V5C showing O’Rourke as the previous owner

Finishes: 08:00 pm Friday 11th January 2019 – Click here to bid


About This Car:

Not only was Steve O’Rourke the manager of Pink Floyd but he also enjoyed a successful career as a gentleman racing driver – a lifelong passion which he shared with the Pink Floyd’s drummer and renowned ‘car guy’ Nick Mason and, to a lesser extent, with Guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour.

1963 to 1991…  from new car to race car

This car was originally supplied from the factory as a 3.4 litre with automatic gearbox on 1st March 1963 to Miss M. Knowles, Kempsey, Worcestershire and finished in Sherwood Green.

It was purchased by Steve O’Rourke in 1991 to be prepared by his racing team and compete in the 1992 Pan American retro race with band member David Gilmore.

Preparation for the race included a rebuilt, dry-sumped 3.8 litre engine with a full synchromesh gearbox. The bodywork was strengthened with the driver’s side rear door being welded in, heavy duty anti-roll bar, all the side glass removed and fitted with clear Perspex, long distance racing fuel tank, up rated Koni suspension, heavy duty roll bar, lightweight pedals and torsion bar fitted to the rear axle and large oil tank.

Despite all this preparation, the duo did not complete the race thanks to a broken prop-shaft.

Mid 1990s to 2012… 

The car returned to the UK where the engine and gearbox were removed and work was started to prepare it for track use. David Beckett then pucrhased this Mk.II (missing the engine and gearbox but in a batch with the crashed remains of the Proteus C Type) from Steve O’Rourke in the mid 1990’s. Beckett’s intention was to rebuild the car to the 1992 Pan American specification.

2012 to 2014…

The car remained in Beckett’s his garage until 2012 when he sold it to Michael Ball, another historic racing enthusiast. Ball purchased a 3.8 litre engine and synchromesh gearbox for it; but he sadly passed away before any further progress could be made on the car in his stewardship.

After Michael Ball’s passing, the car was auctioned in March 2014 by Historics at Brooklands, in a sorry state and in need of an owner who would put in the time, effort and expenditure to get this car back to it’s 1992 Pan American Race Specification.

2014 to 2018…

Details coming soon…

We await full details of work completed between the 2014 auction sale and it’s condition as at 01/01/2019.

Full description and details to follow…