A very exclusive 1955 Jaguar D-Type was the star of the RM Sotheby’s auction held last Friday in Arizona. It sold for US $ 6 million, the equivalent of C $ 7.63 million taking into account the current exchange rate.
It would be one of only two that had been painted red and it also has a red colored interior.
Initially, this car had failed to sell and it was none other than former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone who acquired it from the dealership. It was eventually bought by renowned British racing driver Peter Blond, who used it to compete.
The manager of the Led Zeppelin group, Peter Grant, also had it in his possession.
The D-Type was finally brought to the United States in 1982 thanks to American collector George Stauffer, but it continued to change hands on several occasions. Despite the restoration work it received (at one point, one of its owners had it repainted in rally green, but another later brought it back to its original shade), the original 3 engine , 4 liters developing 245 horsepower is still present.
About three-quarters of the 84 prestigious cars auctioned at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Arizona have found buyers, totaling US $ 31.3 million (C $ 39.7 million).
In addition to the 1955 Jaguar D-Type, a 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer stood out. This is one of eight examples that have been produced and one of only two with four seats. Its complete restoration, which was completed in 2003 and has been maintained since, explains its winning stake of US $ 4.7 million (C $ 6 million).