Exceptional Motor Cars & Automobilia
Saturday, 11th June 2005
London – Christie’s International Motor Car Department is pleased to announce their summer sale, which is led by a car representing the halcyon days of British motor racing. The ex-Ian Stewart Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar C-Type (estimate: £1,200,000-1,500,000) is the first C-Type Jaguar to be delivered to the famous Scottish racing outfit, and gained a string of victories across Europe. This represents the first time in over 12 years that a C-Type Jaguar has been offered on the British market, this example being one of only 49 still in existence.
The Ecurie Ecosse team was founded in 1952 by an Edinburgh-based chartered accountant called David Murray. Based out of a small mews garage in Edinburgh, the team began competing with Jaguar XK120s, before moving on to C-Type, and then D-Type Jaguars. It was with the D-Type Jaguar that the team cemented their legacy in motor racing history, winning the Le Mans 24-Hour Endurance race as an amateur team in both1956 and 1957. The C-Type Jaguars were the first to be painted with the distinctive livery of Flag Metallic Blue with white stripes.
The example to be offered at Christie’s was the first C-Type Jaguar delivered to the Ecurie Ecosse team, as they upgraded from the less powerful XK120 Jaguars. The car, chassis number of XKC 006, was driven by Ian Stewart and has an impressive racing history. In 1952, this car had 7 victories, with 4 further victories in 1953. These included wins at the Jersey Road Race, Turnberry, Castle Combe, and Snetterton. A victory at Charterhall in 1952 saw Ian Stewart beat Stirling Moss and Salvadori, as well as setting the fastest lap of the race. The car was then sold to the Netherlands, were it was successfully campaigned by Hans Davids, who won at both Spa and Zandvoort. The car passed to the present owners in the early 1970s, and was comprehensively restored by a marque specialist. The car has been used sparingly since, and is in full running order – ready to race!