Bonhams has announced the first of its Monaco 2016 sale consignments, an ex-works Jaguar C-type once driven by Stirling Moss
An ex-Works Jaguar C-Type, once successfully raced by Stirling Moss and others, will be the star attraction at Bonhams’ 2016 Monaco sale, hosted alongside the Grand Prix Historique on 13 May.
Moss is the biggest name associated with C-type ‘XKC 011’, and it has a wonderful motorsport history including a whole host of other well-known and successful racers taking the wheel at some point.
The car’s first outing at Silverstone in May 1962 saw the car driven by one-time pre-war Brooklands star Peter Walker. The car was quickly upgraded with a longtail aerodynamic body for the Le Mans 24 Hours, with Walker teaming up with Stirling Moss for the epic race. The car failed to finish, but after reverting to its original body, Moss and Walker went on to finish the Goodwood 9-Hours race in fifth place.
Walker went on to set record times at Shelsley Walsh and Prescott hill-climbs, before it went on to be raced in the Mille Miglia by Stirling Moss and ‘Mort’ Morris-Goodall. The car as also campaigned by veteran driver and journalist Tommy Wisdom in the Sicilian Targa Florio, before being loaned by Jaguar to the Belgian team, Ecurie Francorchamps the following year.
‘XKC 011’ was then sold into private hands, being raced by Michael Salmon, Gordon Lee and Robin Sturgesson the British club racing circuit, before passing to the current owner in March 1963. It has remained in fine fettle ever since.
James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director commented: ‘We are delighted to confirm that we already have several incredible consignments for the sale, led by the fantastic 1952 Jaguar C-Type ‘XKC 011’. This very special sports-racing car is not only an ex-Stirling Moss ex-Works team entry, it is also in wonderfully original condition, and is offered direct from the family that has owned it for 52 years. Research indicates the car is fully original, remaining un-restored since the day it left the Works team in 1955.’