BONHAMS RETURNS TO MONACO WITH EX-STIRLING MOSS JAGUAR C-TYPE

 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.
For further information on Bonhams motor car department visit: www.bonhams.com

Christie’s today: The thrill of the race

Posters expert William Crouse introduces five Art Deco posters that captured the spirit of the early Monaco Grand Prix, ahead of our Posters sale in London on 5 November 2015

The race

Robert Falcucci (1900-1989), Monaco, 1932. Lithograph in colours. Estimate: £12,000-18,000.

On April 14, 1929 the Monaco race became the seventh Grand Prix event — quickly growing to become the most popular race on the circuit. French illustrator Roberto Falcucci began to produce posters for the event in 1930. ‘Falcucci’s third and final poster for the Grand Prix de Monaco is action-packed. In a masterful display of pastels, he contrasted the tranquil and sunny slopes of the Riviera with the blur of two speeding racers,’ comments author William Crouse.

The drivers

Geo Ham (Georges Hamel, 1900-1972), Monaco, 1933. Lithograph in colours. Estimate: £10,000-15,000. 

Georges Hamel, known as the “prince of motion”, was considered by many to be the most talented automobile poster artist of his era,’ explains Crouse. ‘His works are readibly recognizable by his signature driver’s scarf blowing in the wind and by his prominent use of palm trees, which were first introduced by Falcucci in his 1932 poster. Hamel, who signed his works as ‘Geo Ham,’ designed all six of the famous, beautiful and rare Grand Prix de Monaco posters from 1933 to 1948.’ 

The speed

Geo Ham (Georges Hamel, 1900-1972), Monaco, 1935. Estimate: £10,000-15,000. 

‘Geo Ham’s 1935 Grand Prix poster presents a streamlined “Silver Arrow”, the Mercedes W25 so called because the German company scraped the white paint of the Mercedes-Benz cars down to the raw metal so that they could make the required weight limit. With Ham’s ever-present scarf flying in the wind and overhanging palm trees, the “Silver Arrow” is leading a red Alfa Romeo up the hill. In the background, Monaco Ville and Mont Angel are expertly portrayed.’

The cars

Geo Ham (Georges Hamel, 1900-1972), Monaco, 1936. Lithograph in colours. Estimate: £8,000-12,000.

‘Geo Ham’s 1936 poster brilliantly depicts the battle between the Germans and Italians in the Monaco race. Here, a stylish Auto Union GL, the first of the rear-engine race cars, leads a red Alfa Romeo through an extremely tight turn,’ says Crouse. ‘Monaco’s wealth is easily seen in the majestic yachts and passenger ships in the port; and of course, here again are Ham’s signature palm tree and scarf blowing in the wind.’ 

The crowd

Michel Bouchaud, La plage de Monte, 1929. Lithograph in colours. Estimate: £6,000 — 8,000. 

‘The 1929 race was a perfect beginning for the first running of the Grand Prix de Monaco,’ Crouse explains. ‘A crowd estimated at 100,000 filled the stands, which were set up all around the course, and every hotel window and balcony was full of spectators. In fact, the first Grand Prix de Monaco race attracted the largest crowd of people ever seen in the principality, and not even the impending Depression would prevent the race from becoming world famous.’