The Ex-Ecurie Francorchamps, Roger Laurent, Baron Charles de Tornaco, Jacques Swaters, Olivier Gendebien – 1953 Le Mans 24-Hour, Spa 24-Hours, ADAC 1,000-Kilometres race,1953 Jaguar XK120C "C-Type" Sports Racing Two-Seat Roadster  Chassis no. XKC 011' – Originally 'XKC 047're-stamped 'XKC 011' by Jaguar Cars Ltd. Engine no. E 1066-9
1953 JAGUAR XK120C 'C-TYPE'
SPORTS-RACING TWO-SEAT ROADSTER Sold for €7,245,000 13 May 2016 Bonhams Monaco 'A combination of dedicated detective work followed by carefully managed and targeted promotion'

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This Jaguar C-Type sports-racing car had been in the lady owner's family for 54 years. However, until Bonhams was engaged to offer the car for public auction it was believed to have ex-works Jaguar factory team double-Le Mans 24-Hour race provenance, and to have been a car raced in period by none other than Sir Stirling Moss. We first publicised the car with this well-accepted 60 year history. However, while seeking to verify it, some doubts arose. Ultimately, after many weeks of intensive work, including forensic chemical investigation on the original chassis number stampings, we ultimately arrived at the truth. The Jaguar Company had itself changed the original number identifying the car, which led to the subsequent confusion in its accepted history. Having verified this long-obscured, secret alteration and the interpretation of this long term preserved, highly-original and unspoiled car, we then set about promoting these latest findings to an understandably confused and initially sceptical market.

This private-owner car finally realised in effect a full works-car price at auction. This was achieved by a combination of dedicated detective work followed by carefully managed and targeted promotion of the results amongst this most sceptical and cautious sector of the immensely knowledgeable global collectors' market. Major bidders had to be sufficiently convinced by Bonhams' re-writing of the long-time accepted history - and the result dramatically proves that they were.

James Knight
Group Director, Motoring

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