AUBURN, INDIANA (February 13, 2009) – Worldwide Auctioneers, responsible for the sale of some of the world’s finest collector cars, has procured the sale of a unique 1954 Jaguar XK D-type, which will join the impressive array of automobiles going under the hammer at its Houston Classic Auction in May.
Known by connoisseurs as the “glass fibre car”, this superb prototype originally emerged from Jaguar’s experimental department, which had incorporated its chassis in an investigational glass fibre XK-SS, thus creating the world’s first monocoque sports racing car created from composites. That very composite experimental body accompanies the car today and will be included in the sale of this magnificent piece of Jaguar lore. Adorned with proper D-type coachwork in the 1970’s and built into a conventional production D-type, this one of a kind sports car has been successfully raced with FIA papers ever since and is regarded as a significant piece of Jaguar’s racing history.
“Few of us could dream of owning such an historical road-going sports racer as this”, said Rod Egan, Managing Partner and Chief Auctioneer. “It represents a truly unique opportunity for a collector to acquire a ‘key cog’ in the developmental stages of Jaguar’s most well known and respected racing automobiles. Simply put, the car and its history are spectacular”.
The fifth Houston Classic Auction looks set to once again reward collectors from around the world with a stunning and varied selection of great automobiles. Early consignments include a magnificent 1933 Duesenberg LaGrande Dual Cowl Phaeton, iconic 1936 Delahaye 135 S Competition Court Teardrop Coupe, gorgeous 1951 Ferrari 340 America Berlinetta Coupe, awesome 1960 Scarab Grand Prix Race Car and lauded 1957 Chevrolet Corvette COPO race car.
Held in conjunction with the fourteenth annual Keels and Wheels Concours D’Elegance, the Houston Classic Auction will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. Full details on the sale, admission, and advance bidder registration can be obtained by visiting www.wwgauctions.com.