RGS Atalanta Jaguar

 

1953 RGS Atalanta Jaguar Race Car

RGS Atalanta Jaguar 1953 C Type Race Car, UKL 852 (Registration Number).  Open cockpit, British Racing Green with Fly Yellow Stripe Theme.  All aluminum alloy body, aluminum alloy rear differential unit, Green Leather interior, 16” wire wheels, De-dion style rear end with
independent front & rear suspension. The mechanical aspects of the suspension were way ahead of its era, Triple HD8 SU carburetors (Triple H8 SU were originally used), 12 Volt positive ground, Le Mans filler cap (petrol), original Rey-Dot mirrors.  This car belongs in a museum or is the perfect vintage race car that will run with the best, can be entered in the most thrilling of all vintage racing classes.  This car can be licensed for driving on the street.

Atalanta (in Greek mythology this Goddess was renowned for her swiftness of foot).  Atalanta Motors was a very prestigious motor car company before the war (WWII).  Postwar, Major Richard G. Shattock (RGS) purchased the company because of its wonderful suspension and frame design, so he could manufacture premium automobiles and race cars.  These cars were equipped with Bentley, Aston Martin, Lea Francis, Lincoln 12 cylinder and Jaguar engines.  Most Atalanta’s were supplied in kit form and the new owner would select which components to use.  Own one of the five famous racing marques that were powered by Jaguar engines: Atalanta, Cooper, HWM, Lister and Tojeiro.

History:  It is believed this car was originally built and registered in 1953 by Dick Shattock as a racer, and is the last car Dick Shattock raced before retiring.  In 1955 it was purchased by Mr. D. Smallwood and registered in Kent, England as a "sports tourer".  In the fall of 1978 the car was imported from the UK to USA by Mr. Sam Tayloe, and in 1988 sold it to the current owner.   This 1953 RGS Atalanta Jaguar is believed to be the only aluminum alloy body car built, raced under the #7 and the color was Dark Blue (believe to be British racing colors at the time).

 

Car is in excellent condition. Still has its original alloy body (most Atalanta were fiberglass), frame with unique suspension and Jaguar racing engine.  Motor number for RGS Atalanta Jaguar is F-1632-8Talked with Jaguar Archives and confirmed that the engine was built in 1953.  Highly modified at the time with special valves and fitted with a 16 quart oil sump, racing Warren Pearce intake manifold with triple SU H-8 Sandcast carburetors.

 

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