1953 Jaguar C-Type

Ex-Ecurie Francorchamps, Roger Laurent, Baron Charles de Tornaco, Jacques Swaters, Olivier Gendebien

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1953
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    XKC 011
  • Engine number 
    E 1066-9
  • Lot number 
    114
  • Competition car 
    Yes
  • FIA Papers 
    Yes
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

The Ex-Ecurie Francorchamps, Roger Laurent, Baron Charles de Tornaco, Jacques Swaters, Olivier Gendebien – 1953 Le Mans 24-Hour, Spa 24-Hours, ADAC 1,000-Kilometres race
1953 Jaguar XK120C 'C-Type' Sports-Racing Two-Seat Roadster
Registration no. POV 114 (UK)
Chassis no. XKC 011' – Originally 'XKC 047're-stamped 'XKC 011' by Jaguar Cars Ltd. in 1954
Engine no. E 1066-9
• Le Mans 24-Hour race finisher, placing 9th overall
• Jaguar works-supported entrant
• One of the most original C-Types extant
• Single family ownership since 1963
• Incredible provenance

In this wonderful Le Mans racing Jaguar we at Bonhams are delighted to offer one of the most unmolested, highly original, 1950s 24-Hour-race sports cars still surviving anywhere in the world today... It is also much more than 'just' a Le Mans 24-Hour race car – it is a Le Mans 24-Hour-race top-ten finisher, and it achieved that feat in the Jaguar C-Type model's greatest Le Mans year – 1953 – when the works-prepared and entered cars finished first, second, fourth and ninth overall.

This remarkably conserved Jaguar C-Type is offered here 61 years after it was last sold ex-works by its manufacturer. It is also offered here direct from no fewer than 53 long years in one single, caring, continuous family ownership.

Today, surviving examples of the 53 Jaguar C-Type sports-racing cars produced by the world-famous Coventry marque in 1951-53 are particularly coveted. These discreetly-styled, exceptionally well-proportioned and handsome projectiles are famously useable on both road and track.

Amongst all genuine C-Types, only two have been preserved in family ownerships that have prevailed for more than half a century. And standing here before you – immediately available to the highest bidder – is the only Jaguar C-Type of that pair to have survived from period, unrestored...