1976 Jaguar XJ-C: Yorkshire man auctions his classic car for charity
Roy Hatfield says he feels the plight of Ukrainian children after experiencing the Blitz in Sheffield during World War II.
He created a successful energy and recycling business and owned a number of classic cars including Bentleys, Lagondas and other Jaguars, including E-types.
Mr Hatfield was an avid rally and motor racing enthusiast over the years and has competed in a number of events around the world driving classic cars.
But he is now parting with one of his favorite vehicles in the name of charity.
He said his memories of going to school in gas masks and finding safety in air-raid shelters in Sheffield are what made him want to help raise funds.
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He added: “I am very depressed by what I see on television. We seem to have learned nothing about the horrors of war. So I hope that in some way the sale of this car will make good in Ukraine, and the person who buys the car gets as much pleasure out of it as I have for the past four years.
The car he is selling to benefit Ukraine is one of 2,606 Jaguar XJ-C 4.2s built to right-hand drive specification. It has been extensively and beautifully restored. As a pillarless coupe design, it doesn’t lack style and this example really kicks things up a notch with its Gloss Black paintwork offset by Rich Red leather upholstery.
The Jaguar will be sold at the next H&H Classics sale at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire on June 22. To donate to Humanitarian appeal for UkraineClick here.