Lightweight racing Jaguar sets new world record price at Bonhams
A vintage Jaguar with a remarkable history has set a new auction record at Bonhams.
The cars led a roster of historic vehicles in front of a packed auction room in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition was one of only 12 examples ever constructed.
With a superb period racing history which included victory in the 1963 Australian GT Championship, the Jaguar came to auction in remarkably original condition - having had just three owners from new, and with less than 4,000 miles on the clock.
Described as "possibly the most original Lightweight example in existence", the car fetched a final price of $7,370,000 – a new world record price for any post-1960 Jaguar.
Next up was another historic racer: a Scuderia Ferrari 1952 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider which realized a world-record $6,380,000.
With famous factory team drivers such as Piero Taruffi, Maurice Trintignant and Giovanni Bracco behind the wheel, the car had featured in iconic races such as the Mille Miglia, 24-Hours of Le Mans and Targa Florio.
More recently it had been campaigned in some of the world's most exclusive events, including the Mille Miglia Storico, the Monaco Historic GP and the Monterey Historic Races.
There were also seven-figure results for cars including a Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance-winning 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 Supercharged Sports Tourer, which sold for $4,812,500; a highly original 1964 Porsche 904 GTS that sold for $2,310,000; a 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Supercharged Zagato Gran Sport Spider which realized $2,805,000; and a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet which achieved $1,430,000.
"We were applauded by the market for assembling one of the finest selections of cars ever seen at Scottsdale," said James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director.
"To have achieved a near sell-out of our highlight cars, backed up with an 82% sell-through-rate is immensely satisfying."
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