Bonhams is very pleased to welcome yet another exceptional competition racing car to its Scottsdale auction in January. Complimenting the incredible German and Italian examples already consigned, this newest addition represents the very best of Britain.
The 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition – number S850667 – is the 10th of the 12 hallowed Factory Lightweights built, and is the 1963 Australian GT Championship-winning car. Well documented and exceedingly original, it has less than 4,000 original miles and has had just three owners from new. This car is, without question, one of the best, most original examples of the Factory Lightweights in existence.
In the 1950s when Jaguar was dominating at Le Mans with its series of purebred competition cars, the C-Type and D-Type, the natural successor came in the form the factory lightweight competition E-Type. With 53 C-Types built and 71 D-Types built, the 12 factory lightweight competition E-Types created make this model far rarer than its celebrated siblings and few collectors indeed can boast of owning all three.
Known as the "GTO killers," these lightweight competition Jaguar E-Types are faster on most tracks than the famed Ferrari 250 GTO. As some of the most successful and iconic sports-racing cars ever produced, they are among Britain's most celebrated cars and rarely, if ever, come up for sale.
This example has been out of the public eye for most of its life and comes recently from a private collection where it has resided since 1999. Its condition, too, is incredibly noteworthy with original finish visible in most areas, including almost all the interior. To have a competition car, and a championship winner at that, in such original condition is unheard of today.
"It's an honour to represent such an original and genuine example of these epic and legendary cars," says Jakob Greisen, Bonhams' Head of US Motoring. "Not only is this an incredible car by any measure, but it's also the first time a Lightweight E-Type has been offered in the US for more that 17 years." This very special sports-racer carries an estimate of $7,500,000-$8,500,000.
To learn how to register to bid – in person or remotely, how to order a catalogue, and to learn more about this car and the other important cars on offer, visit bonhams.com/scottsdale.
The Bonhams Scottsdale Auction takes place on Thursday, January 19th at the beautiful Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, a simple and hassle-free 30-minute drive from the Phoenix international airport.
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