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The life story of Kougar Sports 3.8 MK1 – WPJ 27G
Kougar cars were conceived, designed and built by Rick Stevens in the mid 1970’s – the first 30 cars were built in renowned restorer Dick Crossthawaite’s workshop and in 1979 Rick moved production to Uckfield in East Sussex.
The concept was based around a substantial tubular space frame clad with with a fibreglass body using ‘S’ type Jaguar components which shared many of their mechanical features with the famed ‘E’ type. The only deviation from the use of Jaguar components was the MGB steering rack as this had a good ratio of 3 turns lock to lock, the Jaguar steering being totally unsuited, even for the Jaguar saloon!
Rick still maintains an active in Kougars as President of the owners club and concours judge.
WPJ 27G became the 127th Kougar Sports and was built by a professional engineer during 1986/7 using a Jaguar 420 as the sole donor and continuously developed/upgraded during his 27 year ownership. She has travelled widely on summer trips throughout Europe to classic car events and also competed in the Brighton speed trials in the early 1990’s. Also, she has been featured in many technical articles in the Kougar owners club magazine and in Kougar Cars Ltd sales brochures.
The original owners hobby centred around rebuilding/upgrading Jaguar XK engines and he rebuilt some 42 (yes, 42!) over a period of 25 years, each one being an improvement and more powerful than the previous one. There is a sample of a XK engine rebuild in the file and his labour charges were very modest – just GBP 3 per hour! So for this reason WPJ 27G has had 5 engines since build, the original being a 4.2 from the donor car, but it was quickly recognised that a 3.8 was far more suited to the Kougar and he regarded the one currently fitted as his finest example.
Sadly, in his latter years the owner was unable to maintain her as he wished and when purchased by the current custodian, she was in need of a comprehensive refresh. There is a report in the file from the original owner at the time of handover
Nearly 400 hours were spent on the mechanical/electrical side by a long standing friend of the vendor who is a Jaguar main dealer senior technician (in his spare time!) and at a cost of over GBP11,000. There is a very detailed 20 page summary of the works completed between 2013>5 in the file together with a memory stick containing 1095 pictures of the work in progress.
She then went to a body shop for a complete strip back to the bare body shell and refinished in her original colour of red which took nearly 4 months to complete. An old school trimmer then took over and made completely new seats in leather, carpets and a double duck tonneau. He also restored the original Moto-lita steering wheel.
The current spec:
# Completely rebuilt 3.8 unit which has covered circa 15K miles with 9:1 pistons, lightened flywheel, Kent fast road cams, large valve head, triple 2 inch SU HD8 carbs on a 420G manifold and polished cam covers. The reciprocating parts of the engine have been balanced by Oselli and electronic ignition from an XJ6 S3 has been fitted
# Thermostatic oil cooler
# Custom high efficiency aluminium radiator with a Kenlowe fan
# 5 speed Getrag gearbox (purchased new from Jaguar approx 30K miles ago)
# 3.31 Powr-lok diff
# Stainless steel exhaust
# All Jaguar suspension and servo braking system re-worked to suit the Kougar
# Triple laced Jaguar 15×6 competition wires with Blockley 205/70/15 VR radials
# Completely rewired with a new loom.
# Aluminium turned dash with Jaguar instruments
# Moto-lita steeering wheel with an adjustable Jaguar column
* This is one of the very best, if not the best, Kougars in existence with multiple 1st place owners club concours awards to its credit – the most recent being in 2019. The reason for sale is a house downsizing which will leave the Kougar without a garage.
* Only ca. 2K miles since a very comprehensive refresh
* Just 2 owners in 34 years
* She is correctly registered as a Kougar with the DVLA and carries historic road tax status, so not only is road tax free but is also ULEZ compliant
* The mileage is warranted at 91,550
* Very comprehensive history file
* She has an advisory free MOT until August 2021 and has never had an advisory on previous MOT’s
* One small job to do is the speedo which ideally needs to be recalibrated as it under reads by about 7-8 mph
There are a number of spares which would need to be collected from the vendor post auction to include the weather equipment detailed above plus a boot rack, original speedo, roll bar etc.
She has a Jaguar Enthusiast’s Club valuation of GBP50,000 valid to June 2022
She has had the full windscreen, hood, side screens and wipers replaced with a full width Perspex screen. The original weather equipment could all be re-instated should the buyer wish, but will need reconditioning to bring them to the same standard as the rest of the car and collecting from the vendor post sale.
Auctioneers notes: What a car! A multi concourse winner, powered by a tuned Jaguar 3.8 engine running on triple carbs. Every component in this cracking car is Jaguar, apart from the steering rack. The history/service file contains 9 A4 folders, all individually tagged i.e. 1 for the engine etc. etc. She is a truly exceptional car and may be viewed by appointment. By the way, she is registered on the V5 as a Kougar.