Car News 18 May 2016

Ex-Le Mans 24-Hour Jaguar C-Type sells for €7.25m

Bonhams has auctioned off a rare and intriguing ex-Le Mans 24-Hour 1953 Jaguar C-Type in it’s Monaco sale. The car exceeded its estimated sale price, finally reaching €7,245,000.

The Jaguar roadster’s interesting history helped boost the price. It was believed by Jaguar for 60 years that it was the work teams’ car with the combined chassis and body work from two different entry cars, which was substituted at the last second in the 1954 Belgium Ecurie Francorchamps Le Mans 24-Hour race.

However, through its specialist and rigorous verification process, Bonhams discovered that it was in fact the original 1953 entry into the Belgium Le-Mans race with the original chassis number ‘XKC 047’. The beautiful Jaguar still has its full original ‘K 1047’ body and had merely been re-stamped with a new chassis number ‘XKC 011’ by the factory before sale in 1955.

The ‘POV 114’ Jaguar was sold in unrestored condition and had been in private ownership for 53 years. The Jaguar achieved the highest sale at the Bonhams Monaco auction going for an astonishing £5,715,580, contributing to Bonhams €15.3 million total sales.

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