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Top Gear: Jeremy Clarkson's Jaguar to go under the hammer at King's Lynn car auction

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Published: 14 August 2013


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Top Gear is set to return to Anglia Car Auctions, as presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s once owned 1999 Jaguar XJR goes under the hammer in the King’s Lynn auction house’s classic sale on Saturday, August 24.  


It’s four years since the BBC motoring show team visited Anglia Car Auctions to buy three classic vehicles for a car rally challenge that featured in the programme.


The rare V-reg Jaguar XJR Super Charged was owned by Clarkson but never registered to him, always remaining registered to Jaguar. But he regularly spoke of the black XJR in his motoring columns, mainly to moan about keeping it clean.


“Black cars cannot achieve that all-over scum effect so, when it's dirty, it just looks awful,” Clarkson ranted. “I have to clean it and in a morning, when the dew has evaporated, it''s coated once more in dust. So I have to clean it again. In a month, I've spent 42 hours driving it and 420 hours washing it and I cannot even begin to tell you what a chore this is.”


With a guide price of £2,500 to £4,500, the car is bound to attract interest – from those who are fans of the marque, the TV show or the man himself. But also from those people who want to be able to say “Jeremy Clarkson cleaned my car.”


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