Detroit, MI, April 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — April 21, 2022 — Broad Arrow Group is thrilled to announce Mr. Jim Taylor’s sole proprietor auction, taking place October 14-15 in his hometown of Gloversville, located a short distance from Albany, New York. The offering represents one of the finest assemblages of European, British and American sports and collector cars, including an impressive selection from Allard, Alvis, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Cunningham, Dodge, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and Shelby cars. Perhaps even more impressive is the number of Mr. Taylor’s cars that have been rallied and displayed at events around the world.
Speaking of his lifelong passion, Jim Taylor says, “I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying classic cars for most of my adult life. Vintage cars and the lifestyle surrounding the classic motoring hobby have been a source of immense joy and pleasure for me, whether racing the historic Mille Miglia or competing on the racing tracks. exhibition of the Concours d’Elegance at Amelia Island or Pebble Beach. Each experience, usually marked by a different car and like-minded participants, was nothing short of exceptional.“Taylor continues:”Over the years, I have tried to support the hobby as generously as possible, whether by organizing charity events at the garage or through my philanthropic support of numerous automotive museums, including the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Sharing this hobby with others is what keeps the passion alive for future generations and I hope that in the sale of my cars and memorabilia we will continue to help foster this love and passion in and among generations of enthusiasts to come.”
The incomparable highlight of the offering, however, is the 1955 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer. Mr. Taylor’s car, the XKD 515, is considered by marque specialists to be one of the most original examples that exist and owes its authenticity to the fact that it was largely spared competitive racing when new and instead was used primarily as a road car. Like the 15and of the 42 examples originally built and given a pampered life, the Taylor D-Type remains one of the best race cars of the breed. Simply put, it’s one of the best unapologetic Jaguar D-Types on the planet. Please note that the Jaguar D-Type will be offered WITH a reserve.
As a lifelong enthusiast, Mr. Taylor has amassed a remarkable group of cars running the full spectrum of desirability, condition and provenance. The offering includes an impressive amount of very well-preserved, low-mileage cars, perhaps best showcased by the three-owner 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra, a car well known in American Shelby circles due to its originality. unparalleled and notable provenance. The all-original 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra is balanced in the collection by the exceptional 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra, which is also a three-owner car with less than 8,000 original miles and is beautifully finished in Guardsmen Blue. The 427 has undergone an extensive restoration, preserving much of its originality while simultaneously preparing it for long-distance touring.
Two cars that Mr. Taylor had the pleasure of showing at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance each offer a different window into the experience. The 1937 A Horch Model 853A Convertible is undoubtedly one of the finest unrestored Horch-powered cars in existence and, due to its originality, it was honored with a Class Award in the Preservation Class at the prestigious competition. Juxtaposed against the same backdrop, the 1954 Cunningham C-3, a beautifully restored Vignale two-seater coupe, also gave Mr. Taylor a classy award at Pebble Beach. Notably, the Cunningham was also a Best-in-Class award at the Amelia Island Concours.
Speaking of Jim Taylor and cars, Donnie Gould, Founding Partner and Principal Car Specialist at Broad Arrow Group, said:I’ve known Jim Taylor for the better part of the past 30 years, and throughout that time he generously shared his co-driver’s seat with me and many others on many motoring trips, including perhaps the trip most memorable for me, the historic Mille Miglia in 2014.Gould goes on to say, “Jim’s passion for cars is fueled by his need to be behind the wheel. As an avid car enthusiast, Jim never hesitated to drive one of his cars and I always admired his passion for driving. We are thrilled to represent this exceptional offering and look forward to welcoming many like-minded enthusiasts to the upstate New York facility. Looking at the group of cars, it is not only a reflection of Jim but also of his father, a pioneer in his industry, and like Jim, a car enthusiast through and through..”
Additional highlights include:
- 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster – a complete figure matching example with original hardtop, Becker Shortwave radio, seat belts, fitted luggage and Nardi steering wheel
- 1952 Allard J2X – formerly owned by H. H. “Tiny” Gould and Kirk F. White, one of approximately 77 original cars built and in well restored overall condition
- A pair of Ford GT Heritage Edition including the original 2005 example showing less than five miles from new and a 2020 example with just under 1,000 miles from new
- The Jaguar segment is a sight to behold and includes over 20 different models ranging from a handsome SS100, Alloy XK 120s, 140s, 150s and more through a plethora of E-Types and XJs
- Impressively, Jim Taylor has assembled four Shelby Hertz “Rent-A-Racers”, all of which are factory built, manual transmission cars including; a 1966 GT 350 H Fastback, one of the original 85 four-speed manual cars; a 2006 GT-H Fastback “Executive Car” (one of only four built with a manual transmission); a 2007 GT-H convertible, one of 17 “executive cars” built with a manual transmission; finally, a 2016 GT-H, one of 16 “Executive Cars” equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, which has a supercharged V-8 engine with 670 horsepower.
More details about the Passion for driving: the cars of Jim Taylor and the upcoming auction can be viewed on the Company’s website at www.broadarrowauctions.com.
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Passion for driving: the cars of Jim Taylor
1955 Jaguar D-Type