Last updated on September 5, 2021
Today’s car is a Jaguar C-Type (officially called the Jaguar XK120-C) is a racing sports car built by Jaguar and sold from 1951 to 1953. The “C” stands for “competition“! A total of 53 C-Types were built, 43 of which were sold to private owners mainly in the US.
This is a Story about our friend Jim. This is “the one that got away”. Jim could have picked this one up in 1960 for $3000.00. Just a little to much for him at the time. The first 3 photo’s are Jim’s wife sitting in the one that got away. The list price of a new Jaguar C-Type was $6,500.00. The value today? The 4th and 5th photos are Lot 114, which sold for $8,221,626, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques à Monaco auction on May 13, 2016.
The 1953 Le Mans was the 21st Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 13 and 14 June 1953, at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France. British drivers Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton won the race with one of three factory-entered Jaguar C-Types, the first cars ever to race at Le Mans with disc brakes. Enhanced by Dunlop’s critical development of pads thick enough to last the entire 24 hour race.
What a great car ❤️. Thanks for sharing your story Jim. Thanks for riding along. Frank