Jaguar are such a classic car company that their name is known all over the world so when we at Dakota heard this touching story of how a classic jaguar car was reunited with its original owners granddaughters we had to share it with everyone. No less than 67 years after Arthur Whittaker parted with the classic motor, his four granddaughters Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte bought it during the latest Historics at Brooklands classic car auction on Saturday (March 4).

After Whittaker parted with the car in 1950 it had a number of owners before the restoration process began in 1982 by the then keeper. A total of 22 years later the car was finally completed, latterly by classic Jaguar specialist David Davenport. The women only found out by chance their granddad’s 3.5 litre six-cylinder engine car was for sale two weeks before the auction. They fought off rival bidders to pay £70,000 for the jet-black classic. Sally said: “Once we discovered granddad’s Jaguar was for sale, we just had to go and see it.

“We had no intention of buying it, but sitting in it before the sale brought back so many fond memories of family outings in his cars that we decided we just had to bid for it.” The Jaguar Mk IV is to return to eldest granddaughter Lucy’s family home in Kenilworth, just miles from the former Jaguar factory in Brown’s Lane, Coventry where it was originally manufactured 69 years ago.

Lucy said: “We’d never bought a thing at auction before, but were determined to take it home if we could afford to. “It was all a bit of a whirlwind and suddenly, the hammer came down and it was ours.

“It’s just too lovely to leave locked away. The plan is to share enjoyment of the car amongst all our families, including granddad’s seven great grandchildren. “I’m sure that’s what he would have wanted too. All we need now is the picnic hamper and a bit of sun!” The car, one of the last of its kind to be produced, is trimmed in pigskin hide, burr walnut dashboard and fittings, and sunroof.

Who doesn’t love a feel-good story, and now feeling extremely nostalgic, we’re off too look at old photographs and give our grandparents a phone call..