A 1952 Jaguar C-Type, one of just 53 built and the first C-Type in the USA, is up for auction in New York and expected to fetch around £5,000,000.
Using the underpinnings of the XK120, it had power boosted to over 200bhp and an achingly beautiful and simple body, designed by Malcolm Sayer, which covered a lightweight tubular frame. In 1951 it became the first British car to win Le Mans in more than 20 years.
This particular C-Type – chassis XKC 007 – is thought to be the first to head to the US and delivered to a US Jaguar dealership which used it for competition and promotion.
It’s racing life began at Elkhart Lake in 1952, in the hands of Phil Hill, and has since been through a succession of owners who raced the car, including an outing at the Mille Miglia in 2010.
This C-Type is reckoned to be the best there is outside Jaguar’s own collection, and has an estimate of $5,500,000 – $7,000,000.
Also at RM Sotheby’s New York Sale on 6 December will be, amongst otghers, an alloy-bodied Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, from the same collection as the C-Type, expected to fetch around £12 million, an F40, a Huayra, a LaFerrari and a Chiron.