Car News 24 Feb 2016

Rare Jaguar C-type Set to Become Britain’s Most Expensive Car at £7M!

Rare Jaguar C-type Set to Become Britain’s Most Expensive Car at £7M!

One of only three Lightweight Jaguar C-types ever produced will be auctioned, for the first time, this summer at RM’s auction in California.

The second of the C-type Lightweights in existence is expected to fetch up to £7,000,000, making it the most expensive British car ever sold publicly.

The legendary C-type was prepared by the factory for the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans and was driven in period by at least five Le Mans winners. Motorsport legends Jimmy Stewart and Roy Salvadori both won a number of races in the car, before being sold to the well-known Ecurie Ecosse team, who championed the car to take eight victories the following year.

The car continued to be raced by its later owners and, in 2000, was bought by its current owner, a Californian collector.

The C-Type is fitted with a 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine, which gives it 220bhp and a top speed of more than 140mph.

RM Sotheby’s described the C-Type as a “very significant component of Jaguar’s storied racing history” and stated that the car “remains one of the rarest and significant race cars of that period…” and is “…one of the most timelessly beautiful sports cars ever designed”.

The C-Type will be sold on 13-15 August in Monterey, California at an estimated sale price of £7m, breaking thus the all-time record for any Jaguar ever sold.


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