Jaguar C-type raced at Le Mans set to become the UK’s most expensive car at €9.8m
A rare sportscar driven by Peter Whitehead and Ian Stewart at Le Mans in 1953 is expected to scoop more than €9.8m (£7m) at auction making it the UK’s most expensive car.
The Jaguar C-Type is one of the three lightweight racing cars built by the company for 1953’s motorsport season and took fourth place at Le Mans in that year.
The car was driven by Peter Whitehead and Ian Stewart, who completed 297 laps of the iconic French racetrack at an average speed on 103mph.
Jaguar’s C-Types took first, second and fourth place at Le Mans that year, and the vehicle up for auction is seen as one of the greatest and rarest race cars of its time as only 53 were built.
They are thought to have triumphed as Jaguar were the only company to fit the race cars with disc brakes.
The race car is being auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s in California this August.
The auction house revealed that the Jaguar C-Type "remains one of the rarest and significant race cars of that period, let alone one of the most timelessly beautiful sports cars ever designed" and suggested that it would make a great addition to the collection of a motor fanatic.
The car has also been raced by motorsport gods Jimmy Steward and Roy Salvadori since Le Mans in 1953, and was described by Peter Blond as the most “stimulating, spritely and exciting car he ever owned”.