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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.

Penny’s Pagoda – Mercedes Benz 230 SL

We scouted out a few different locations for photographing this car, but they all had one thing in common. At every stop, people could not help but come up and compliment owner Penny Webster on her stunning Horizon Blue Mercedes 230 SL.
There’s something about the ‘Pagoda’ Mercedes — so-called because the distinctive dipping curve of its roofline echoes that of the famous Eastern tiered temples — that encourages people to speak up.
Many classic cars attract a second look, but in most cases people keep their thoughts to themselves. It was striking how many people felt the need to express the warmth of their feelings about this car.
The expansive glass cockpit, the friendly, subtle lines, and its simple three-box shape seem to encourage openness among passers-by.

Motorsport Flashback – Kiwi rallying in the 1970s

Rallying arrived in New Zealand in 1973 like a tsunami. It had been only a few years since the sport was introduced here and shortly afterwards Heatway came on board as the sponsor to take rallying to a new level. The 1973 Heatway would be the longest and biggest yet, running in both islands with 120 drivers over eight days and covering some 5400 kilometres. The winner was 31-year-old Hannu Mikkola — a genuine Flying Finn who had been rallying since 1963 before putting any thoughts of a career on hold until he completed an economics degree. The likeable Finn became an instant hero to many attracted to this new motor sport thing. I was one of them.