Le Mans-Winning 1955 Jaguar D-Type Heading to Auction
RM’s Monterey auction is always a millionaires’ playground. And this year’s August auction appears to be no different, especially with a 1955 Jaguar D-Type with a racing pedigree expected to roll across the stage.
This D-Type was campaigned by the Ecurie Ecosse team, beating Jaguar’s own factory team, at the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans. The winning car was piloted by Ninian Sanderson and Ron Flockhart. The winning 1955 D-Type averaged 104 miles per hour throughout the race. On the famous Mulsanne straight, this D-Type topped 156 mph.
Since it took the checkered flag in 1956, the D-Type race car has been passed to three different collectors, all of who have kept it in as-raced conditioned. This could easily set a new record at the famous auction. Last year, a 1953 C-Type sold for $13.2 million while a 1998 McLaren F1 LM sold for $13.75 million.
The car’s looks may turn off a lot of people, but it is hard not to lay down the cash for that racing pedigree.