BONHAMS UPDATE: THE WORLD’S FINEST LONG-TERM PRESERVED JAGUAR C-TYPE

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

Stirling Moss Porsche RS-61 for sale at Bonhams

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Bonhams Motor Car Department è lieta di annunciare la vendita di una delle più celebri e carismatiche vetture sportive mai realizzate, la Porsche RS-61. L’appuntamento è al Company’s Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale il 26 giugno 2015.

Il proprietario di questa straordinaria Porsche RS-61 non è altro che Sir Stirling Moss, uno dei più grandi piloti di tutti i tempi, colui che detiene il record di vittorie tra i piloti che non hanno mai vinto il mondiale di Formula 1. Tra i più forti del suo tempo, la sua carriera sportiva terminò nel 1962 per un incidente proprio sul circuito di Goodwood che vedrà la sua Porsche in vendita.

Sir Stirling descrive la serie Porsche RS60/61 come “l’auto perfetta per gare come la Targa Florio, centinaia di chilometri stretti tra le montagne della Sicilia, dove questa macchina è il perfetto compromesso tra agilità e potenza. Quando mia alzavo per la gara mi dicevo: forza, oggi hai la macchina ideale…”.

Dotata di un potente motore posteriore raffreddato ad aria a 4 cilindri ed una cabina di guida a due posti, vinse la leggendaria Targa Florio nel 1956, 1959 e nel 1960. Ed è proprio in Sicilia che 1961, Sir Stirling ha condiviso una Porsche RS60 2 litri con il due volte Campione del Mondo Graham Hill (padre del futuro campione del mondo Damon). Sir Stirling ricorda ancora oggi: “Siamo stati i vincitori morali di quella gara, peccato però che ai vincitori morali non pagano premi…”

Porsche scelse un motore 2 litri per quella gara in luogo del consueto 1.7 litri per facilitare il lavoro del cambio in quella massacrante corsa nella campagna siciliana: “La nostra Porsche era semplicemente perfetta, difficilmente si poteva desiderare di più, ho guidato la corsa per i primi quattro giri, 44 miglia, passai la macchina a Graham con un minuto e mezzo di vantaggio. Al successivo cambio Graham me la riconsegnò con 76 secondi da recuperare sulla Ferrari e sono riuscito a ribaltare la situazione in 65 secondi di vantaggio con un giro alla fine, fino a quando, a soli 8 km dal traguardo, la trasmissione ha ceduto lasciando via libera alla rossa di Maranello”.

“Mr Motor Racing” non ha mai perso il suo grande amore per questa piccola grande Porsche e qualche anno fa, quando in America vide una RS-61 chassis 070 molto ben restaurata in vendita si innamorò di nuovo…

La stima di questo splendido cavallo di razza è: £ 1,7 milioni a 2 milioni di sterline ($ 2,5 – 3 m).

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The Bonhams Motor Car Department is delighted to announce that it has been commissioned to offer one of the greatest and most charismatic of all small-capacity sports-racing cars – Porsche RS-61 chassis number ‘718-070’ – at the company’s Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on June 26.

The vendor of this outstanding Porsche RS-61 is none other than ‘Mr Motor Racing’ himself, Sir Stirling Moss OBE – acknowledged as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time. He was without doubt the standard-setting racing driver of his time 1958-1962, and is a multiple winner of World Championship Grand Prix and Sports Car races during his glittering frontline career. Sir Stirling describes the Porsche RS60/61 series as having been “Just super cars – beautifully balanced and simply tailor-made for such races as the mighty Targa Florio around 440 miles of Sicilian mountain roads. That was one morning when I woke up and really could say to myself, ‘For today’s race you have got the ideal car…’”.

The charismatic Porsche company’s agile little RennSport (‘RS’) cars with powerful 4-cylinder air-cooled engine mounted behind the open two-seat cockpit, won the now almost mystical Targa Florio – absolutely the most romantic motor race on the Sports Car World Championship calendar – in 1956, 1959 and 1960.

In 1961, Sir Stirling shared a 2-litre Porsche RS60 there with 1962 and 1968 World Champion-to-be Graham Hill (father of 1996 World Champion Damon). Sir Stirling recalls today: “We have since been described as moral winners of that race, which is unfortunate, because moral first places don’t pay first-place prize money.”

Porsche chose the 2-litre engine for that race in place of their usual 1.7-litre to ease gear-changing demand on that gruelling Sicilian countryside course:

“Our racing car was just perfect for the course, we could hardly have wished for nicer, and I led for the first four 44-mile laps, by 1½ minutes before handing over to Graham for his two laps. He handed the car back to me 76 seconds behind a Ferrari, and I managed to change that into a 65-second lead with one lap to go. We looked on course for a lap record last time round and a great win until – only 8kms from the finish – the transmission failed, put us out, and the Ferrari won instead…”

Moss and Hill then drove the latest, almost identical, Porsche RS-61, fitted with a 1605cc engine, in the subsequent Nurburgring 1,000 Kilometres race in Germany’s Eifel Mountains. On a track slick with drizzle, Sir Stirling took the lead on the second lap but, as the course dried, he was overwhelmed by far larger and more powerful factory Ferraris.

Sir Stirling: “After 12 laps I handed over to Graham who rejoined fifth. Then it began to snow! Graham handed back to me and I found the little Porsche ideal for the Nurburgring in such conditions. We climbed into third, then second. I was set to take the lead when the little car broke – but it had been exciting while it lasted.”

‘Mr Motor Racing’ never lost his great affection for ‘this grand little Porsche’ and some years ago, when he saw the very well-restored RS-61 chassis ‘070’ offered for sale in America he “…just fell in love with it, all over again”.

He bought the car and subsequently campaigned it at Historic level in the Le Mans Classic on the legendary 24-Hour race circuit in France, and in the USA in his very last competitive motor race.

Porsche RS-61 chassis ‘070’ – now to be sold by BONHAMS on behalf of Sir Stirling – was delivered brand-new to first owner Bob Holbert of Pennsylvania early in 1961. He was the leading American Porsche specialist of his era, and he competed in the car in his busy programme of Sports Car Club of America east-coast events, including the Daytona National. He then sold the car to gentleman driver Tom Payne – who always raced wearing an impeccably valeted business suit and tie.

Tom Payne and Porsche RS-61 ‘070’ featured in such further east-coast events as the Cumberland Nationals, Wisconsin Grand Prix, Thompson Nationals and the Atlanta ‘500’ Sprints. Third owner Millard Ripley subsequently won in the car at the glamorous Watkins Glen circuit in upstate New York and overall ‘070’ is credited with having achieved no fewer than 13 victories and 20 podium placings in SCCA National Competition.

The car was finally retired from active competition in 1963, but survived complete and unmolested before being restored for American ‘Vintage’ racing as early as 1969. More recently top historic Porsche specialist Andy Prill has completed a thorough rebuild which saw the car re-finished both mechanically and aesthetically to its current race-ready form. Sale estimate: £1.7m to £2m ($2.5 – 3m).

Bonhams Motor Car Department head James Knight says: “We are hugely honoured to have been commissioned to sell Sir Stirling’s cherished Porsche RS61 following his retirement from competitive motor sport. It is particularly appropriate that we should offer the car at the forthcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed – where Sir Stirling is the founder patron and where he achieved so much throughout his unmatchable career”.

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