Lawrence Baxter has had a multifaceted career: lawyer, banker, and e-commerce leader. He has also had a major career as a professional educator and is a chaired professor at one of the world’s leading universities, Duke University.
Born in South Africa, Lawrence, as a Cambridge graduate, teacher and researcher, has lived in Britain, Australia and, for over 35 years now, in the United States.
Throughout this diverse career, Lawrence had maintained an abiding love for sports cars and motor racing, starting from learning as a boy to work in his father’s machine shop on urgent race car repairs to owning British, European and American sports cars.
Lawrence is mainly a Jaguar and Alfa Romeo enthusiast, but he has also owned Porsche, Ferrari, BMW and Audi. Until very recently, Lawrence was the proud owner of a Lynx XKSS, which was sold in 2019 for a record price. Currently Lawrence owns a Ferrari, a Proteus C-type, Jaguar E-type and an Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio, and he is the co-owner of one of the first Corvette C8s, which he runs at the Virginia International Raceway.
Having sold Lynx XKSSs to the American market, Lawrence has been proud to witness the reverence with which the brand is held in America. Aficionados know that Steve McQueen’s iconic XKSS was actually restored by Lynx after McQueen’s death. Potential buyers always comment on the superiority of a Lynx over other recreations, and his own Lynx always drew the largest crowds at concours and shows.
Lawrence is a member of the Carolina Exotic Car Club, the Carolina Jaguar Club, Austin Healey Club of the Triad and Ferrari Club of America. For him these cars, and Lynx in particular, are an abiding passion. Their racing history and the sheer artform create a magical ambience that is, for Lawrence, a sheer joy to explain and promote.
Steve McQueen’s XKSS
Lynx undertakes some of the finest restorations anywhere in the world. The company was for example given the restoration on Steve McQueen’s Jaguar XKSS . This is widely regarded as the most original and famous XKSS and the car having been totally restored by Lynx resides in the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles for all to view. A small piece of information that came out during the rebuild was a small “cubby hole” that Steve had to be put in to store his fags !
The Ecurie Ecosse Transporter
The company also undertook an entire nut and bolt restoration on the original Ecurie Ecosse transporter saved from certain destruction by our patron and one of the founders of Lynx Roger Ludgate. Lynx then went on to fully restore the Ecurie Ecosse three car transporter which motor sport fans would have first come into contact with as an the immortalised Corgi Toy version. The transporter was later put up for auction and exceeded all expectations and sold to a US buyer for £ 1.8 million .
The original 12th Lightweight E Type Jaguar
Lynx also restored the very famous and the last of original 12 Lightweight E type Jaguars . The car having been hidden for many years by the owner under a pile of cardboard boxes to hide it from his wife during an acrimonious divorce . The car was sympathetically restored by Lynx keeping as much of the original patina as possible and today represents the very best skills and dedication that goes into restoring any restoration of significant historic Jaguars .
The next Pebble Beach event (the 70th) Concours d’Elegance is on Sunday August 15th, 2021. This is the flagship event in the U.S. Classic Car automotive calendar. The event began even before Lynx was formed in 1950 but this is a can’t miss event for many Lynx customers around the world.
Also another must attend event in the American classic car calendar is Amelia Island. With so many wonderful cars and people attending, the event has a unique ambiance all of its own. With the support of RM Sotherby’s auction and the amazing display of wonderful cars in the Amelia Island Concour d’Elegance this is a fabulous event that Lynx have enjoyed attending and supporting over the years.
Supporting our U.S. customers
The customers in the images above wanted to collect their cars whilst enjoying the wonderful Goodwood Revival weekend. All part of the Lynx personal service.
If you’re buying a Lynx car whether it’s a D Type, an XKSS or C Type Jaguar you can be sure of a personal service throughout the process. Lynx cares about every single detail of how the car reaches the customer anywhere in the world.
To help us deliver our personal service to customers around the world we have partnerships with the very best shippers and contacts throughout the industry.
Established in the 1960s, Cosdel brings peace of mind to our clients worldwide transporting classic cars all over the world. They manage every aspect of transportation from initial collection to final delivery, including freight documentation and all custom brokerage services.
Recently sold Lynx cars
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1957 Jaguar XKSS Re-Creation by Lynx
SOLD FOR $480,000 ON 10/22/19