1952 Jaguar C-Type
RM Sotheby’s announced their star entries for the third New York sale, entitled ICONS, set for 6 December at Sotheby’s Manhattan heaquarters. Latest highlights for the auction certainly ring true to its theme, representing a pair of Le Mans racing legends from two of the world’s most revered marques: a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione and a 1952 Jaguar C-Type.
The Jaguar C-Type, chassis no. XKC 007. Combining robust engineering with beautiful aerodynamic coachwork, three factory C-Types debuted at Le Mans in 1951, with one of the cars going on to become the first British car to win the race in nearly two decades. Jaguar reprised the win with a second Le Mans victory two years later, and in the meantime approximately 43 customer cars were built, with XKC 007 being the seventh. Believed to be the very first C-Type to reach the U.S., XKC 007 was delivered new to Charles Hornburg’s West Coast distributorship, and was retained for competition and promotional purposes, most notably at the hands of legendary driver Phil Hill.
The C-Type debuted at Elkhart Lake in September 1952, with Phil Hill actually driving the car from California to Wisconsin and back for the race. Hill finished 4th in the main event and won the Sheldon Cup outright – securing the first win by a C-Type on American soil. The Jaguar passed through a string of fascinating owners, who also raced the car, before landing with Jeffrey Pattinson of the U.K., who commissioned a full concours-quality restoration by Jaguar specialist Terry Larson. XKC 007 was eventually sold to collector Gary Bartlett of Indiana, who retained the respected Chris Keith-Lucas to preprare the car for vintage events, including the 2010 Mille Miglia Storico and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Under current ownership, the Jaguar has continued to enjoy a life of pampered care and maintenance and is notably documented with a copy of an original factory test report for this chasiss, C-Type registry histories, and restoration invoices. Claiming rarity, racing pedigree, historically signficant design, and one of the most arresting body styles ever conceived, the C-Type is a true legend and without a doubt a motorsport icon (Est. $5,500,000 – $7,000,000).
The California Spider and C-Type lead a group of 31 iconic automobiles set for the 6 December sale, from Classic Era beauties through to the most technologically advanced supercars of today. Highlights include:
A 1932 Marmon Sixteen Convertible Coupe, chassis no. 144 859, one of just eight surviving authentic examples of an American masterpiece of styling and engineering (Est. $1,000,000 – $1,200,000);
Perhaps the most iconic automotive pair: a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, chassis no. 040.5500593, a beautifully restored example of the first sports car to be a genuine, recognizable status symbol (Est. $1,300,000 – $1,500,000) and an exceptional 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, chassis no. 198.042.7500649, the last complete restoration to leave Rudi & Company’s renowned British Columbia workshop (Est. $1,250,000 – $1,500,000, without reserve);
A multiple award-winning 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible, chassis no. DB5C/1923/L, a rare factory left-hand-drive convertible example of one of the most recognizable cars in the world (Est. $2,450,000 – $2,650,000);
An exhaustively documented, Classiche-certified 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, chassis no. 12301, both the final prototype and the first production Daytona – the automobile that defined a generation of sports cars (Est. $1,400,000 – $1,700,000);
A low-mileage 1990 Ferrari F40, chassis no. 87144, surely among the most iconic cars for anyone under the age of 40 (Est. $1,200,000 – $1,400,000); and,
A group of modern hypercars including a delivery mileage 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, chassis no. 204687, the most technologically impressive street-legal Ferrari ever built (Est. $3,250,000 – $3,750,000), a one-of-100 2014 Pagani Huayra, chassis no. 078, the exceptional accomplishment of an upstart supercar company (Est. $1,900,000 – $2,300,000), and a 248mph 2018 Bugatti Chiron, chassis no. 069, the very first Chiron ordered for the U.S. market and a marvel of 21st century design (Est. $3,500,000 – $4,000,000).
For further information, to view the complete ICONS digital catalogue, or to register to bid, please visit www.rmsothebys.com. Call +1 519 352 4575 to speak to an RM Sotheby’s car specialist about any of the automobiles on offer.