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Ferrari 250 and Jaguar C-Type to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s

10 November 2017

RM Sotheby’s has confirmed the final entries for its third New York sale, which include a 1959 GT LWB California Spider Competizione and a 1952 Jaguar C-Type.

The Ferrari, chassis number 1451 GT, is the second of just eight California Spiders bodied in aluminium and is built to full competizione specifications. It was raced at Le Mans by Bob Grossman, and has also contested SCCA events at Thompson, Bridgehampton and the Watkins Glen Grand Prix. The Classiche-certified car will bring its new owner entry into vintage races the world over, including next year’s Le Mans classic.

The 1952 Jaguar C-Type also had its reputation made at Le Mans. The C-Type debuted at Le Mans in 1951, where it won, before repeating the feat two years later. During that time approximately 43 customer cars were built, with the car going to the auction block, XCK 007, being the seventh of those made and the first to reach the US. XCK 007 was restored by Jaguar specialist Terry Larson,  and has since appeared at several events, including the 2010 Mille Miglia Storico and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

Both the Competition California Spider and the C-Type represent two of the most important vintage race cars found in the United States today and are offered from an exceptional collection,” said RM Sotheby’s car specialist, Donnie Gould. “Apart from the original three Jaguar Works cars, the C-Type on offer is easily the best and most desirable of the customer cars, while the 250 GT LWB is one of the most successful and significant competition California Spiders. The pair are perfectly at home in our New York sale as true icons from the golden era of sports car racing.”

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