MattHowell_C-Type_006A closer look at the ‘time machine’ Jaguar headed for Monaco
Bonhams forthcoming Monaco Sale on May 13 will feature the world’s finest as-original, running, long-term preserved ‘time-machine’ Jaguar C-Type, UK road-registered ‘POV 114’.
On January 14, 1955, this outstanding example of Jaguar’s double-Le Mans-winning XK120C design was registered under chassis number ‘XKC 011’, and was sold ex-works to the Dunlop Rubber Company. It survives today in essentially identical specification.
The preceding history of Jaguar’s works team car ‘XKC 011’ embraces the 1952 Le Mans 24-Hours, the 1953 Mille Miglia and Targa Florio, plus a race win at Goodwood, when driven by such Jaguar stalwarts as Sir Stirling Moss, Major Tony Rolt and Peter Walker.

The Jaguar world at large has long accepted a contemporary works team anecdote that a subsequent body swap saw chassis ‘XKC 011’ fitted with the body from sister car ‘XKC 047’, which had itself been campaigned by the Belgian Ecurie Francorchamps team during the 1953 Sports Car World Championship season.

As works prepared, and tended by Jaguar factory team mechanics, ‘XKC 047’ competed in two 1953 24-Hour races – at Le Mans and at Spa-Francorchamps – plus the ADAC 1,000 Kilometres classic at the Nürburgring in Germany. ‘XKC 047’ finished 9th overall in the great French race, co-driven by its formal owner Roger Laurent / Baron Charles de Tornaco. At Spa Laurent shared it with future Ferrari personality Jacques Swaters and at the Nürburgring with Ferrari’s great future three-time Le Mans-winner Olivier Gendebien.
Bonhams’ comprehensive investigation of ‘XKC 011’ (aka ‘POV 114’) to be offered at Monaco, initially revealed evidence identifying its chassis as having been the works team car which substituted at the last moment as the Ecurie Francorchamps entry in the 1954 Le Mans 24-Hour race. After our attention was drawn to other features of the car, further inspection now indicates that such participation is in fact debatable.dv4sg
It is therefore probable that ‘XKC 011’ as now offered by Bonhams is not really a split-identity car at all. Present opinion is that it is likely the 1953 car, chassis ‘XKC 047’ – still bearing its original, complete ‘K 1047’ body – subsequently re-stamped ‘XKC 011’ at the factory before delivery to Dunlop in 1955.
‘POV 114’ continued to be maintained by the factory when it served as a test car for Dunlop, and during its club-racing days in the hands of owner-drivers Mike Salmon, Gordon Lee and Robin Sturgess into the 1960s.
It was acquired by the Griffiths family in 1963 and it is to be offered at Monaco direct from this self-same ownership, 53 long years later.
Most significantly, it has been preserved virtually untouched in wonderfully well-patinated ‘time machine’ condition to this day.Jq6eJ
James Knight, Group Motoring Director of Bonhams, commented, “Bonhams has been assisted in its investigation regarding this famous Jaguar C-Type by a wealth of experts, and tremendous thanks are due to British Jaguar authority Den Carlow, motoring writer Marc Noordeloos, Jaguar enthusiast Jeremy McChesney, Chris Keith-Lucas of CKL Engineering Ltd, Gary Pearson of Pearsons Engineering, Australian Jaguar authorities Les Hughes and Terry McGrath, and Andrew Tart of Andrew Tart Motor Engineering.
“While officially sold by the Jaguar factory as ‘XKC 011′, the histories of ‘011′ and ‘047’ – which became intertwined during the preceding 1954 Le Mans race period – have baffled any number of Jaguar enthusiasts and historians over the years. These recent collective efforts – most notably with the total support of the long-term owner – are getting closer to unlocking this exciting mystery in this gloriously-preserved old war-horse’s very early life.”
Bonhams inaugural Monaco Sale will present an exclusive auction of just 40 hand-picked, exceptional motor cars. Timed to coincide with the Monaco Grand Prix Historique, the Sale will take place on 13 May 2016. The venue for this grandest of motoring auctions is the prestigious Fairmont Monte Carlo hoteloverlooking the Grand Prix circuit’s famous ‘Station’ hairpin, scene of so much motor sporting drama.
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 1952 Jaguar C-Type XKC 011 - Credit, Revs Digital Library
  • Bonhams announces The Monaco Sale 2016, taking place 13 May 2016
  • Driven by racing legend, Sir Stirling Moss, the ex-Works Team 1952 Jaguar C-Type ‘XKC 011’ is an early major consignment
In 2016, Bonhams will return to Monaco to present an exclusive sale of just 40 hand-picked, exceptional motor cars. Timed to coincide with the Monaco Grand Prix Historique, the sale will take place on 13 May 2016.
“Already renowned in motorsport circles for its annual Monaco Grand Prix and Monte Carlo Rally, the glittering Mediterranean Principality is now to host the Bonhams Monaco Sale,” said James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director. “The auction will be carefully curated, tailored to offer only the most desirable models to the market.
“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.”  
Jaguar C-Type ‘XKC 011’ was built new for the Jaguar Works racing team early in 1952. After making its racing debut at Silverstone in May of that year, driven by one-time pre-war Brooklands star Peter Walker, it was fitted with special longnose/longtail aerodynamic bodywork for the Le Mans 24-Hour race. There it was co-driven by Stirling Moss and Peter Walker, but failed to finish.
Reverting to handsome standard body form, it was again co-driven by Moss and Walker in the 1952 Goodwood 9-Hours race, finishing 5th, before Walker set best times in both the Shelsley Walsh and Prescott hill-climbs. World War Two hero Major Tony Rolt drove it to victory in the September Goodwood Meeting.
In 1953 ‘XKC 011’ was then campaigned by Stirling Moss and ‘Mort’ Morris-Goodall in the 1,000-mile round-Italy Mille Miglia, and by veteran driver/journalist Tommy Wisdom in the Sicilian Targa Florio. This great car’s Works Team career concluded with Moss finishing 2nd in heat, and 4th in the final of the 1953 British Empire Trophy race which took place at Douglas, Isle of Man.
The following year the car achieved further success, when it was loaned from Jaguar Cars Ltd to Belgian team, Ecurie Francorchamps.
After it was sold from the Works, the car became one of the most raced and best-known of all C-Types on the British club-racing scene, owned and driven by Michael Salmon, Gordon Lee and Robin Sturgess. It finally passed into the current vendor’s family ownership in March 1963, and it has been maintained in active yet incredibly un-spoiled order ever since.
Bonhams’ sale of Jaguar C-Type ‘XKC 011’ in Monaco, 2016, will provide a truly incredible opportunity to acquire the cream of the historic car collecting world.
The venue for this grandest of motoring auctions is the prestigious Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel, overlooking the Grand Prix circuit’s famous ‘Station’ hairpin, scene of so much motor sporting drama.
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main_3The personal Rolex wristwatch of Donald Healey (1898-1988), founder of the Healey marque and manufacturer of the much loved Austin-Healey motor cars, will be offered at Bonhams Bond Street Motor Car Sale, taking place 6 December 2015. 
The watch, a 9ct gold Rolex Striped Prince, inscribed on the reverse ‘Donald Healey, Perranporth’, has been passed down through the generations, and is now offered directly from the grandson of Donald Healey. It is offered with an estimate of £8,000-12,000.
Donald Healey was born in Perranporth, Cornwall. From an early age he had a passion for engineering, gaining an apprenticeship with Sopwith Aviation, that lead him to fly as a Royal Flying Corps pilot in the First World War. In the early 1920s, he started racing cars with considerable success, initially in the London-Land’s End Trial, the Land’s End-John O’Groats Rally, and subsequently through the 1930s in international events such as the Alpine Trials (winning seven Glacier Cups). “Donald was justly proud of such rallying success,” said his grandson, Peter Healey. “The Rolex was a reward to himself.”
Before founding his own company, Donald worked for British motoring brand, Triumph. It was here that he honed his skills, and masterminded the development of the Triumph Gloria, and designed the beautiful straight-eight, supercharged Triumph Dolomite, which he then drove in the Alpine Trial of 1936.
In 1945, Donald founded his own company, which initially created Healey cars. In the 1950s and 1960s, he developed Austin-Healeys, and in the 1970s, the Jensen-Healey. His Rolex watch has remained with the Healey family throughout, and it is now offered for the first time since Donald acquired it.
“The Bonhams Bond Street Motor Car Sale presents a fantastic selection of motor cars, including two of the most important Austin-Healeys ever offered. We’re delighted to announce the inclusion of Donald Healey’s personal Rolex to this exciting sale.” said James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director. “To offer the Rolex Striped Prince, worn by the great man himself, plus his much loved everyday car – the 1953 Austin-Healey 100/’100S’ Coupe, and the 1959 Works Rally 3000 ‘SMO 746’ – is simply extraordinary.”
“By paying homage to the art deco style of the 1920s and 1930s, Rolex Prince watches became an instant hit,” said Jonathan Darracott, Bonhams UK Head of Watches. “Only a small number of the latterly developed ‘Striped’ Prince watches, also known as the ‘Tiger Stripe’, were produced, making this model extremely rare. It’s unsurprising Healey chose to reward himself with such a timepiece, as these particular wristwatches were an excellent, but refined, statement of one’s success.”
Bonhams Bond Street Sale takes place on Sunday 6 December at 101 New Bond Street. For further information, visit Bonhams.


Rare and unusual motor cars lead Bonhams inaugural sale at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Concours d’Elegance, with the unique Maserati Boomerang sold for €3.3 million.

The only example of its kind, the Maserati Boomerang was the signature concept car of the 1970s. Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro used geometric shapes and ruler straight lines to create its angular appeal, ensuring the unusual Boomerang emerged from the decade to be one of the great style influences of the motoring industry. After intense bidding in the room and on the telephones, the Boomerang sold for €3,289,500. Elsewhere from Maserati, the 1968 Maserati Mexico 4.7-Litre Coupe sold for €646,300. Named in honour of Cooper-Maserati’s victory in the 1966 Mexican Grand Prix, the Maserati Mexico was unveiled at the 1966 Turin Motor Show to much fanfare.

The motor car offered however is no mere standard Mexico but a bespoke Frua creation, the most attractive of the three one-offs produced in the longstanding relationship between Maserati and car designer Pietro Frua. Retaining the general Mexico lines, but more sharply defined, the Frua Mexico in many ways recalls the Quattroporte. Restored to its initial light green paintwork, with original Bordeaux leather, the Mexico won the Best of Show award at the Maserati 100th Anniversary celebrations, and is the quintessential example of Maseratis Grand Touring excellence.

Further highlights include eight motor cars from the personal collection of French businessman and art collector, Alain Dominique Perrin. Most notable of the collection is a car steeped in French pop music history – the 1977 Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9 originally owned by famous French singer and composer, Claude François. Claude, or CloClo to his fans, was one of France’s biggest pop stars, with a legacy that remains today as he continues to be one of the country’s biggest-selling recording artists. Claude famously wrote and composed the original version of My Way, a song made internationally famous by Frank Sinatra. After intense bidding in the room, the 1977 Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9 sold for close on €100,000 to a private European buyer.

Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motor cars, said: “For a sale just in its first year, the Bonhams Chantilly Sale has achieved an excellent result, with a total €7.5 million achieved for the exclusive collection of just 28 cars. “Our first black-tie evening sale, the event was an elegant celebration of beautiful and rare motor cars, one that we hope to continue for years to come.”

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director added, “This auction is a welcome addition to our series of blue riband sales. We look forward to our sale at the Goodwood Revival next week and the very special single-owner sale in Denmark later this month.” Hosted in the grounds of Château de Chantilly, the Arts & Elegance event debuted in 2014, attracting a crowd of around 10,000 spectators, taking in the delights of the “Concours d’Elegance” competition for modern concept cars, and a superb “Concours d’Etat” for classic cars from around the world. The “Art & Elegance” event also plays host to fine art exhibitions, fashion shows, live music and various lifestyle exhibits, all on the grounds of the magnificent château”.


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Keith Richards’ Bentley for sale at Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale next 12 September in Chichester


In the swinging sixties, each member of the Rolling Stones had his own statement vehicle – a car that announced the arrival of a rock star. For Keith Richards, this car was a beautiful blue Bentley S3 Continental ‘Flying Spur’, a car that he affectionately named ‘Blue Lena’ after legendary jazz musician, Lena Horne.

In 1965, Richards purchased the car new from London dealer H.R. Owen, and later had it modified with a secret compartment in which he and the band could conceal their much loved, and highly illegal, narcotics. In the heady days of the Rolling Stones’ early fame, the car not only transported the band to various parties and gigs, but also took them on some astonishing adventures around Europe, and most famously, North Africa.

“It was a car meant to be driven fast at night,” Richards said, in his 2010 autobiography, Life. “My dark blue Bentley, my S3 Continental Flying Spur – an automobile of some rarity, one of a limited edition of 87. Having this car was already heading for trouble, breaking the rules of the establishment, driving a car I was definitely not born in to. ‘Blue Lena’ had carried us on many an acid-fuelled journey.”

In 1967, police raided Keith Richards’s country home, Redlands, an estate in West Wittering, Sussex, just a stone’s throw away from Goodwood where Blue Lena will now be sold. As the police arrived the band were in the middle of one of their famously hedonistic parties, and were found high on various illegal substances. Notoriously, Marianne Faithfull, Mick Jagger’s then girlfriend, was found lying on a sofa, wearing nothing but a fur rug, prompting the infamous newspaper headline: ‘Nude Girl at Stones Party’.

Richards was charged with possession of illegal substances. In the run up to his court date, and no doubt to escape the media buzz, he and the band decided to go on an overseas adventure, to a place where drugs were, at the time, more freely available – Marrakech.

Whilst Jagger and Marianne Faithfull flew in, Richards and Brian Jones decided to go with Blue Lena, along with model Anita Pallenberg, Jones’ girlfriend at the time, and friend Deborah Dixon.

Early on in the 1,800 journey Jones, his tempestuous relationship with Pallenberg at breaking point, was struck down with pneumonia and hospitalised in Albi, France.  Dixon was the next to go – in Barcelona – leaving Richards and Pallenberg alone in Blue Lena marking the beginning of a relationship which only ended, three children and 23 years later, in 1980.

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: “Richards sold Blue Lena in 1978, and it has since changed hands just three times. Following a five-year restoration, Blue Lena has been returned to its former glory, and will be offered at Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale – very near to the scene of that famous 1967 raid – at estimate £400,000-600,000.”

Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale takes place 12 September in Chichester, West Sussex.


Bonhams announces inaugural auction at the 2015 Goodwood Members Meeting

Bonhams annuncia la prima asta mai tenuta al “Goodwood Members Meeting“. Previsto per Sabato 21 marzo, l’evento completa il trio di aste Bonhams tenute a Goodwood, Chichester. Dopo aver gareggiato ai Members Meetings negli anni ‘50, la Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé del 1955 che fu di Mrs.Kitty Maurice è anche l’ultima ad aver gareggiato alla 24 ore di Le Mans. La vettura è stimata a £ 600,000-700,000.

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La vendita sarà la terza asta Bonhams tenuta a Goodwood, a fianco dell’annuale “Festival of Speed Sale” (26 giugno 2015) e la “Goodwood Revival Sale” (12 settembre 2015). James Knight, International Motoring Director per Bonhams, ha detto: ”Questa asta chiude il nostro trio di vendite in questa famosa località per l’automobilismo.

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La data è perfetta e completa una stagione ricca di automobilismo sia ricreativo che competitivo per l’anno a venire. Si tratta di una rievocazione favolosa che fa rivivere i gloriosi anni di Goodwood, inoltre offre la cornice ideale per un asta Bonhams. Siamo già pronti a ricevere le prenotazioni per questa asta e non vediamo l’ora di presentare ai nostri clienti oggetti eccezionali”.

Il Goodwood Members Meeting, è stato pensato da Lord March per ricreare l’atmosfera e il cameratismo degli originali BARC (British Automobile Racing Club) Members Meeting organizzati al Goodwood Motor Circuit tra il 1949 e il 1966.

Situato nel Chicane Paddock all’interno del circuito, l’asta sarà trasmessa in diretta on-line sul sito , e sarà caratterizzata da più di 50 vetture d’epoca  sportive e da turismo.

“Bonhams è un partner leale di Goodwood fin dalla prima edizione del Festival of Speed nel 1993 e la decisione di organizzare un’asta in occasione del 73° Members’ Meeting per completare i Festival of Speed and Revival sales è una testimonianza del valore della nostra associazione”, ha detto Lord March, e ha aggiunto, “Sono sicuro sarà un altro grande successo.”

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Scheduled for Saturday 21 March, the sale completes the trio of Bonhams auctions held at Goodwood, Chichester

Having raced at Members’ Meetings in period (1950s), the ex-Kitty Maurice 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé is also the last Frazer Nash to have competed in period at the Le Mans 24-Hours Endurance Race. It is an early high profile consignment to the Bonhams’ sale with an estimate of £600,000-700,000. In 2015 Bonhams will host the first ever classic car auction at Goodwood Members’ Meeting.

Held on 21 March, the newly announced Sale will be the third Bonhams auction hosted at Goodwood, alongside the annual Festival of Speed Sale (26 June 2015) and the Goodwood Revival Sale (12 September 2015). Leading the auction is the ex-Kitty Maurice 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé. Spotted racing at several Members’ Meetings in period, the beautiful Sea Green coupé is offered at Bonhams inaugural Members’ Meeting auction with an estimate of £600,000-700,000. Ordered new by a Mrs. Kitty Maurice of Castle Combe, Wiltshire, in April 1955, the car travelled to France for the famous Le Mans 24-hour in June of that year, acting as support vehicle for AFN (Archibald Frazer-Nash) entries.

The cars second and final appearance at Le Mans was under the ownership of John Dashwood. Alongside Bill Wilks, Dashwood managed the car for three hours of the race until he slid into a sandbank at Arnage due to fading breaks.

“Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting completes our trio of sales at this famous motoring location. The timing is perfect, allowing buyers a full season of recreational or competitive motoring for the year ahead. The Members’ Meeting is a fantastically revived re-enactment of Goodwood race meetings from yesteryear, and provides the perfect backdrop for a Bonhams auction,” said James Knight, Bonhams International Motoring Director, adding, “Consignments are now being accepted for this newly established sale, and we look forward to presenting our customers with some exceptional entries.”

The Goodwood Members’ Meeting is a new style of motor racing event, conceived by Lord March to recreate the atmosphere and camaraderie of the original BARC (British Automobile Racing Club) Members’ Meetings held ‘in period’ at Goodwood Motor Circuit  from 1949-1966. Located at the Chicane Paddock within the motor circuit, the auction will be streamed live online via the Bonhams website, and will feature over 50 sports, touring and classic motor cars.

“Bonhams has been a loyal partner of Goodwood ever since the first Festival of Speed in 1993 and the decision to hold an auction at the 73rd Members’ Meeting to complement the annual Festival of Speed and Revival sales is a testament to the value of our association,” said Lord March. “I’m sure the Members’ Meeting sale, which is sure to include some stunning historic cars, will be another huge success.”

Bonhams Members’ Meeting sale will take place at Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, on Saturday 21 March 2015. Entry to Bonhams auction is permitted by catalogue only, to order a catalogue please visit:

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By Andrea Foffi e Manuel Galvez – –

Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford to be offered at Bonhams Bond Street Sale

Nel 1992 Michael Schumacher conquistò il suo primo podio, in quello che sarebbe diventato l’ultimo Gran Premio del Messico di sempre. L’auto che ce lo ha portato, la Benetton-Ford B191B One Racing F1, sarà all’asta di Bonhams a Bond Street con una stima di £ 240,000-300,000.

Il podio del Messico è stato conseguito quando Michael era all’ottava gara della sua nascente carriera e ha segnato l’inizio della sua carriera leggendaria. La vettura oggi è esattamente la stessa di questa gara storica. Solitamente queste monoposto non arrivano ai collezionisti in condizioni di essere utilizzate, al contrario, quella in questione è in piena efficienza e pronta per emozionare il suo nuovo proprietario.

Questa F1 non ha solo tenuto a battesimo un campione come Schumacher ma è anche quella che ha accompagnato il brasiliano Nelson Piquet attraverso il suo ultimo Gran Premio sulla bellissima pista di Adelaide nella stagione 1991. Questa magnifica auto da corsa è stata protagonista di una carriera fantastica ed ora, più di due decenni dopo il suo debutto, può rendere orgoglioso ogni collezionista.

L’asta Bonhams di Bond Street si svolge presso la sede Bonhams di Londra il 30 novembre 2014.

By Andrea Foffi e Manuel Galvez – –

In 1992 Michael Schumacher raced to his first ever podium finish, taking third place in what was to become the last ever Mexican Grand Prix*. The car that took him there, the Benetton-Ford B191B Formula One Racing Single-Seater, is to be offered as part of Bonhams Bond Street Sale with a pre-Sale auction estimate of £240,000-300,000.

Schumacher’s Mexican place was only the eighth race of his fledgling career, and heralded the start of many podium appearances for the seven-time Formula One World Champion. Qualifying third fastest of the 30 entries, he tore round to score his first ever Formula One ‘podium’ finish, with third place. The car today is liveried in the same specification to this historic race. He then followed up that performance in the Benetton-Ford by qualifying fifth fastest in it for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, and again finishing third for the second top-three finish of his now legendary Formula 1 career. The car was then retired from active service.

Unusually for many historic Grand Prix single-seaters, this car is in full working order and thus enables the new owner the opportunity to drive, or race, the same car that Schumacher raced. The magnificent Benetton-Ford provided landmark performances in the career of not just Schumacher, but three great drivers who campaigned it in the early 1990s.

“Chassis 6 is highly respected as the Benetton that took Schumacher to his first podium position. But, that’s not where the story ends, for this was also the car that took three-time Formula One World Champion driver, Brazil’s Nelson Piquet, through his last Grand Prix on the beautiful Adelaide street and parkland circuit in the 1991 season,” said James Knight, Bonhams International Head of Motoring.

“For his Benetton debut, chassis 6 then went on to take present-day Formula One TV commentator and highly-respected pundit Martin Brundle to eighth in the South Africa Grand Prix of 1992. This car really has enjoyed a fantastic career, and now more than two decades after it’s debut, it can make an exciting addition to any enthusiasts motoring collection.”

Bonhams Bond Street Sale takes place at Bonhams London headquarters on 30th November 2014. With only 35 entry slots available and several motor cars already consigned, the annual event is set to be another exciting auction from Bonhams record breaking motoring department.

By Andrea Foffi e Manuel Galvez – –