The ex-Le Mans 24-Hour Jaguar C-Type ‘POV 114’ has sold for €7.25m at Bonhams’ Monaco Sale
Bonhams achieved total sales of €15.3 million at its Monaco auction, with the ex-Le Mans Jaguar C-type exceeding pre-sale estimates, finishing at €7,245,000.
This particular C-type was offered in un-restored condition, but the car’s history was not immediately clear. James Knight, International Group Director, Bonhams Motoring, commented: ‘Following months of painstaking research, working with the best historians and notable marque specialists, Bonhams unraveled an intriguing mystery involving the unrestored Jaguar C-Type offered, correcting more than 60 years of accepted Jaguar history.’
It was widely thought that this car was in fact the works team car which substituted at the last moment as a Belgian Ecurie Francorchamps entry in the 1954 Le Mans 24-Hour race, combining that chassis with the bodywork from an earlier Belgian entry which finished at Le Mans the previous year. Further research however confirmed otherwise.
‘The Jaguar was not at all a combination of the chassis from one car, the body from another,’ said James Knight. ‘On further inspection, we established that the it really is the 1953 Belgian-entered Le Mans car in toto, chassis number ‘XKC 047’ - still bearing its original, complete ‘K 1047’ body – but with its chassis number merely re-stamped ‘XKC 011’ by the factory before sale in January 1955.’
Other cars that achieved strong results included the 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO (€1,817,000), as well as the straight-eight engined 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix racer, first owned by ‘Bentley Boy’ Glen Kidston (€1,058,000).
Perhaps helped along by the appropriate location of the auction, the ex-Michael Schumacher and Nelson Piquet 1991-1992 Benetton-Ford B191/191B F1 car sold for more that four times its estimate at €1,058,000 over the phone.