1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight, “seven figures”
Gulp… Jags don’t come much better than this. It’s the seventh (of 12) factory Lightweights and one of three cars sold to US team owner and driver Briggs Cunningham. Its destiny was Le Mans in 1963 where driven by Walt Hansgen and Augie Pabst, it qualified 14th but retired in the race after just an hour – trouble with its four-speed ‘box.
With new (five-speed) ‘box fitted it did go on to race some more before having a spell in Briggs Cunningham’s museum and then returning to the UK under the loving care of eminent UK collectors including Sir Anthony Bamford, Paul Vestey and Adrian Hamilton. It’s a well-known car – 1995 Festival of Speed, several times at Revival including being driven by Jackie Oliver – and it is said to have been fastidiously maintained and be ready for immediate use.
E-Type Lightweights – the “Ferrari GTO killer” and one of Britain’s greatest ever GT cars – come up for sale only rarely. It is thought Bonhams also sold the last one, the ex-Bob Jane Australian car, in January 2017 at its Scottsdale auction – and that was the first public auction of one since 1999. The car sold for US$7,370,000 (£5,656,821) including the premium. Will the Briggs Cunningham car beat that?