If James Bond ever decided to give up his Aston Martin for a new ride, he most likely would have chosen a classic Jaguar to do all his international spy work.
With it’s classic design and international reputation, the Jaguar is one of the most noted designs of automobiles on the planet.
A 2002 Jaguar X-Type AWD was the star attraction at the 18th Annual Headwaters Health Care Foundation Gala held on Saturday, May2, at the Hockley Resort.
The car was on display prior to the gala and was available to the highest bidder in a live auction held during the evening event with proceeds going to the Foundation.
The reserve bid was $15,000 and interested parties could place a sealed bid before May 1. The highest bidder was invited to attend the gala and go head-to-head with any other interested parties.
This Jaguar, while 12 years old, is in mint condition and has never seen snow or rain and has only 11,855 original miles on the odometer.
It is painted with a Carnival Red exterior and has a Sand Connelly leather interior. It was designed to the owner’s specifications which included all-wheel drive, heated seats, duel exhaust, and 17-inch Mag Wheels.
The car was donated for auction to the Foundation by well known local businessman Doc Gillies.
“I had two other cars, so I only drove this on special occasions,” Mr. Gillies explained of how a car that is over a decade old only has barely enough kilometers that would normally be part of the ‘break-in’ period of a new car.
The Jaguar generated a lot of interest in the weeks before the Gala when it was put on display at MacMaster Buick GMC on Highway 9, just east of Orangeville.
Mr. Gillies was Ford Dealer for many years and past chairman of the Ford Dealers Council.
A former member of the Headwaters Health Care Foundation, he is now a member of the Foundation Senate – individuals who no longer are members of the board but still involved in Foundation affairs.
Now that he can no longer drive, Mr. Gillies decided that someone else should be able to appreciate the car as much as he did and he made the decision to donate the car to the Foundation.
“He approached us and said the he wanted to give his baby,” Said Nicole Hand, Manager of Annual Giving for the Headwaters Health Care Foundation. “He has always rallied behind us as a strong fundraiser and supporter for many years. Now that he can no longer drive, he wanted it to go to a new home that would appreciate it, and thought what better way to find it a new home than through our annual Gala. The car is in mint condition. It’s never seen rain, snow, or salt. I have no doubt in my mind that this Jaguar is going to go to someone who really appreciates it.”
The classic deep red exterior of the car really highlights the curves that Jaguars are known for, but originally the car was going to be order in white.
All of Mr. Gillies previous cars where white, but this time around his daughter encouraged him to try something new and he chose the Carnival Red.
The Jaguar has roots going back to 1922 when two motorcycle enthusiasts started a company to produce motorcycle sidecars. Over time the company expanded and started developing passenger cars.
After changing hands in the 1930’s, the company finally made a name for itself when it began producing a series of eye-catching sports cars in the late 40’s and continued with the series into the 70s’.
The sports models included the XK120, the KX140, the XK150, and the notorious E-Type produced up until 1975.
Currently, the Jaguar factory produces several models including the F-Type convertible sports car and mid-size and full-size luxury sedan models.
While Gala goers donned their masks and gowns to attend the evening event, most stopped to admire the car that was placed at the main entrance to the resort and cordoned off to avoid anyone getting too close to the pristine paint job. Even people arriving for other events at the resort stopped to take a look.
At the end of the evening’s bidding, the car went to the top bidder who parted with $20,000 to take home this classic automobile.
Written by Brian Lockhart