One of only three Lightweight Jaguar C-types ever produced will be auctioned this Summer for the first time
RM Sotheby’s has confirmed that an incredibly rare 1953 Jaguar C-type Lightweight will make its auction debut in Monterey.
The second of three C-type Lightweights in existence will be auctioned this summer at RM’s auction in on 13-15 August, with chassis no. XKC 052 becoming the first ever example of a Works C-type to be offered at a public auction. It is expected to fetch up to $9,000,000.
The C-type made its racing debut in 1953 with a 4th place at Le Mans in the hands of Peter Whitehead and Ian Stewart, before being sold to the renowned Ecurie Ecosse team, who championed the car to take eight victories the following year.
Shelby Myers, Car Specialist for RM Sotheby’s, claims the cars inclusion in the auction could be an ‘opportunity that will never repeat itself.’
'In the 1950s, Jaguar not only beat Ferrari, Aston Martin and every other manufacturer at Le Mans, they had a 50 percent chance of winning the race outright every time they hit the track. Everything that came before it was antiquated by comparison, and this lightweight works example is one of the very best of the model.
'With the other two works cars securely in private hands and unlikely to ever be sold, this car’s offering at Monterey could very well be an opportunity that will never repeat itself.'
Since turning its back on the pitlane at Le Mans, the C-type was sold to historic car collector Martin Morris in 1971, who went on to retain it for over 30 years, during which time it received a comprehensive two-year restoration. XKC 052 has since been in the care of its current proprietor since 2001, who commissioned a proper renewal to 1953 Le Mans specifications and livery, and had the car painted in the infamous Ecurie Ecosse navy blue.
The cars estimated sale price of $9,000,000 is set to break the all-time record for any Jaguar ever sold.