RM Auctions at Monterey 2009: 1952 Jaguar C-type an Early Headlining Entry
1952 Jaguar C-type - Estimate on Request
A 1952 Jaguar C-type, once driven by Phil Hill to the model’s first North American racing victory, will be one of the highlights of RM’s 2009 Monterey sale.
The car, chassis XKC-007, was also one of the first Jaguar C-types that came to the United States. Delivered to New York in 1952, its first race meeting was at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Joined by XKC-009, the new cars’ presence at the circuit was part of the company’s sales strategy in North America – a plan that was to make the brand super-successful over the next 20 years.
Phil Hill drove this chassis to victory in the Sheldon Cup that day, and was to win again later that year at Torrey Pines with the sponsorship of Charles Hornburg, the Western United States Jaguar distributor.
After a successful racing career in period, XKC-007 passed through various collectors’ hands before an extensive restoration by Jaguar expert Terry Larson. Well-known enthusiasts Jerry and Kathy Nell purchased the car in 1993 and have owned it ever since.
The ‘matching numbers’ C-type was never crashed when raced, and is presented in restored, but period, specification complete with Phil Hill’s signature and original engine. Price on request.
RM is still taking consignments for the August 13 – 15 sale but, in addition to the racing Jaguar, there will be many other significant competition and road cars. Two Millers, for example: the 1931 Miller V16 [above left], the only V16 Miller racing car ever built, and a 1927 Miller 91 [above right] – a recreation of the Frank Lockhart Land Speed Record machine. Both cars come from the Chuck Davis Collection.
1946 Mercury Sportsman - $275,000 - $350,000
The Ontario-based company has extended its stay at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center by one day this year. On Thursday 13 August it will hold a special sale dedicated to the Nick Alexander Woodie Collection.
All to be offered Without Reserve, the 52-car catalogue comprises only Ford- or Mercury-based Woodies, all in either original, or restored to original, condition. Several models, such as the 1946 Mercury Sportsman, one of only 205 examples built, are very rare. It carries an estimate of $275,000 - $350,000.
Admission to the auction is $40.00 USD, granting one person access to both RM's annual Sports & Classics of Monterey sale and preview and the Nick Alexander Woodie Collection event. An official auction catalogue is available for an additional $100 USD.
Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center
2 Portola Plaza
August 13, 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
August 14, 2009 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
August 15, 2009 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
August 12, 2009 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
August 13, 2009 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
August 14, 2009 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
August 15, 2009 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Text: Steve Wakefield
Photos: RM Auctions / Darin Schnabel
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