Get an ex-Moss C-Type in your garage

19 November, 2015


In 2016, specialist auction house Bonhams will return to Monaco to  present an exclusive sale of 40 exceptional cars in a sale timed to coincide with the Grand Prix de Moncao Historique 2016.

The highlight of the sale — scheduled to take place on May 13, 2016 — will undoubtedly be XKC 011 — the works 1952 Jaguar C-Type once raced by Stirling Moss.

Built new for Jaguar’s racing team early in 1952, this C-Type had its on-track debut at Silverstone and was driven by Peter Walker. Fitted with special long-nose/long-tail aerodynamic bodywork, the car was then entered for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, but even with a driving team of Stirling Moss and Peter Walker, the Jaguar failed to finish.

Subsequently reverting to standard-body form, XKC 011 would make racing appearances at the 1952 Goodwood Nine Hours race, and set FTDs at Shelsley Walsh and Prescott hill climbs. In 1953, Moss took on the Mille Miglia in the C-Type, while Tommy Wisdom used it for that year’s Targa Florio. The Jaguar was later loaned to the Belgian race team Ecurie Francorchamps. and finally sold on. In later years, XKC 011 would become one of the best-known C-Types on the British club and, later, classic racing scene.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.