Rarely does a high-end car auction take place nowadays without a record of some sort being achieved. Bonhams‘ Monaco sale in May next year is unlikely to be an exception.
It’s been a number of years now since the New Bond Street firm has taken a selection of motor cars to the Mediterranean Principality and on May 13th it will be back in some style. As an indication of this, take a look at the ex-Stirling Moss Jaguar C-Type they’ll have on the block there.
As C-Types go, this is a pretty special one. For starters it is a genuine ex-works car and was piloted in-period by The Boy Wonder himself at Le Mans, the Goodwood 9 Hours, the Mille Miglia and the British Empire Trophy Race on the Isle of Man. Then consider not only that it’s been in the same ownership since March 1963, but that it has also been maintained ‘in active order’ and has apparently never been restored.
‘This is one of the very best and most desirable production C-Types there is.’
We could very well be looking at the most desirable and therefore valuable C-Type yet. How valuable? We reckon in the current climate that it could clear £5,000,000 and we’re not alone in that assessment, either. Renowned Jaguar specialist Gary Pearson of Pearson’s Engineering agrees with our estimate and adds: ‘This is one of the very best and most desirable production C-Types there is.’
The sale will take place at Monaco’s Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel which overlooks the infamous Station Hairpin, scene of many a coming-together during Grands Prix.
Do you think Bonhams might need a scribe on-hand to document the occasion?
Photography courtesy of Bonhams