The $21m (about £16m at current rates) stands in stark contrast to the €3.7m (about £3.2m) made by the last D-type to be sold at auction, also by RM Sotheby’s, in Paris last year. That was no Le Mans winner but it did have racing pedigree and had been owned by Le Mans winner Richard Attwood.
While the Jaguar was the star of the Monterey auction, its sale wasn’t the only one to set a record. Billed by RM Sotheby’s as “arguably the most important American car of all time”, the first Shelby Cobra, chassis number CSX2000, sold for US$13.75m (including premium) while the ex-Phil Hill Ferrari 750 Monza sold for $5.225m – a world record for the model.
Photography courtesy of RM Sotheby's