Wealthy U.S Playboy's Vintage Jaguar To Sell For Millions
A vintage Jaguar once owned by the wealthy American playboy Briggs Cunningham is set to sell for millions in California.
The 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition Coupe is one of only 12 examples ever built, and comes with a race history which includes the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Back in January 2017, Bonhams set a new world record price for the car when another example, with an extensive racing history and just three owners from new, sold for $7.37 million.
Although the auction house is yet to offer an estimate on the current car, it's expected to fetch a similar price when it hits the block later this year.
"Featured in many books – indeed, claiming its own chapters – and even made into toy cars, the Team Cunningham #14 Jaguar E-Type is legendary," said the auction house.
"Genuine, highly original, well documented and eligible for most of the world's great races, rallies and concours events, it is a car of immense distinction."
Briggs Cunningham was a multi-millionaire with a passion for speed, who won the 1958 America's Cup yacht race, built his own sports cars and owned his own successful racing team.
The car offered at Bonhams was raced by Cunningham at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1963, and later at both the Road America 500 and the Bridgehampton 500.
Once retired, it spent years in the Cunningham Museum, before being sold at passing through the renowned collections of Lord Bamford, Paul Vestey and Campbell McLaren.
"There are rare, interesting cars, and there are cars that have belonged to rare, interesting people," says author Richard Holt. "The Briggs Cunningham Lightweight E-Type scores so heavily on both counts that it is difficult to decide which is more of a star.
"You could make a good argument either way: the ultra-rare racing thoroughbred versus the all-American hero and entrepreneur. But the truth is that thinking about one without the other makes no sense because the Lightweight E-Type would probably never have existed if it hadn't been for Briggs Swift Cunningham II."
The Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction takes place on August 18.
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